While some themes in young adult fiction remain timeless, such as coming-of-age and self-discovery, many new narratives are addressing contemporary subjects like mental health, diversity and inclusion, and the impact of technology on our lives. These themes help make YA literature relevant to a diverse audience while also being a powerful vehicle for social change.
In the era of TikTok and Instagram, it may seem hard to believe that young people are still reading books. But if anything, the popularity of YA is growing stronger than ever as today’s teens have access to an unprecedented range of diverse titles in all genres. This year alone we will see books from acclaimed authors like Angie Thomas, John Green and Rainbow Rowell hitting the shelves.
Whether you’re an avid fan or just dipping your toes into the world of young adult fiction for the first time, 2022 promises to be an exciting year ahead for readers everywhere. Let’s dive into this vibrant literary landscape together!
The world of young adult fiction never stops growing and expanding, and 2022 promises to be another exciting year for young readers. With fresh voices emerging on the scene, there’s a wealth of new stories and characters waiting to be discovered. From explorations of identity and coming-of-age tales, to fantastical adventures in other worlds, the most anticipated young adult fiction of 2022 promises to captivate readers with its creativity and heart.
1. “The Gilded Girl” by Alyssa Colman
Set in a futuristic city where wealth determines everything, this novel follows a poor girl who must navigate the cutthroat world of the elite in order to survive.
2. “Blood Moon” by Lucy Cuthew
A novel-in-verse about a group of friends who must confront their fears and secrets when an ancient curse threatens their town during a rare lunar event.
3. “Lakeside Summers” by Lily LaMotte
A charming romance about a girl who falls for her summer camp co-counselor while grappling with her own artistic ambitions.
4. “How to Build a Boyfriend from Scratch” by Sarah Archer
A humorous twist on Frankenstein’s monster that follows a girl as she creates her ideal boyfriend using science, but must figure out how to deal with the unexpected complications that arise.
5. “The Witch King’s Heir” by Suzanne Rogerson
A high fantasy adventure about an orphaned boy who discovers he is the heir to a powerful kingdom ruled by witches, but must fight against those who seek to control him for their own gain.
There’s something for everyone among the most anticipated young adult novels of 2022, from sci-fi thrillers to romantic comedies and epic fantasies. These fresh voices promise new perspectives on familiar themes like identity and love while introducing readers to exciting worlds filled with magic, curses, and complex political intrigue. As the year progresses, keep an eye out for these titles and more, and prepare to be swept away by the creativity and imagination of the next generation of young adult authors.