My 2019 most anticipated reads – the YA contemporary edition

It’s that time of the year again, December, the last month of 2018. In a couple of weeks only, we’ll wave goodbye to that year and hello to 2019. We’ll cry about the books we swore we would read this year and scream in anticipation of all the books releasing soon that we’re excited to read.

Oh, the book blogger and book lover life. Fun times, am I right?

Ever since I started blogging, I’ve been aware of new releases WAY more. Therefore, my anticipated lists just grow and grow and grow until, well…. I’m crying because I won’t ever be able to read them all.

Let’s cry together, shall we? My current 2019 releases TBR on goodreads has, like, more than 60 books right now and I thought I’d divide this most anticipated and very very excited about it all blog post in two parts. Part one will be all about my eternal, favorite loves, young adult contemporaries. Part two, coming this Sunday, will be all about fantasy, sci-fi and other genres I enjoy.

Don’t worry. I’m leaving this list at 10 books even if I could go farther than that. THERE ARE TOO MANY BOOKS and I’m having an existential crisis about it all okay.

You can click on the covers to go to goodreads, if you want to make your TBR grow.

You Asked For Perfect, Laura Silverman

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž It’s not a secret that Girl Out of Water is one of my favorite books of all times, so I’ve been anticipating this one for quite a little while now. It deals with academic pressure and perfectionism and well, the author could as easily have said “Marie, this book is made for you” and it would have had the same result.

If I’m Being Honest, Emily Wibberley, Austin Siegemund-Broka

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž I have mentioned the authors’ debut, Always Never Yours, quite a few times now because I had such a GREAT time reading it. It made me smile and the main character is one of my favorites of all times, so I can’t WAIT to read more from the authors.

πŸ“– Read my full review of Always Never Yours.

You’d Be Mine, Erin Hahn

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Do you have these books that scream “hey, this is YOUR kind of book”? Well this one certainly did. This sounds like such an adorable, yet deep contemporary with country music, fame and romance and I just SO NEED TO READ THIS because I’m sure I would love it.


Just For Clicks, Kara McDowell

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž I might have mentioned that one already – but how can I not? It deals with sisters, social media fame and family ties and this sounds honestly just very very perfect for me.

Going Off Script, Jen Wilde

Why I want to read it πŸ”Ž Jen Wilde’s Queens of Geek and The Brightsiders were such great reads for me, I feel like I have to read everything by the author now because I have this certainty that it all will be incredible. Going Off Script is on a TV set and will have a teen writer and f/f romance and media rep and I’m SO EXCITED.

πŸ“– Read my full review of The BrightsidersQueens of Geek.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos, Nina Moreno

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž Totally superficial thing to say but DID YOU SEE THAT COVER. I swear that’s not what I want to read it, but they did a fantastic job. This sounds like an incredible coming of age story with incredible and complicated family ties and romance and I NEED IT OKAY.

Opposite of Always, Justin A. Reynolds

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž I already mentioned this one, maybe, but that synopsis is breaking my heart into a million pieces already and I’m 200% here for this. I can predict a 5-stars read right here I swear. I hope I won’t be disappointed, but this sounds INCREDIBLE AHHH.

Small Town Hearts, Lillie Vale

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž If you just met me, hello, I’m Marie and sweet adorable contemporaries like that are totally my thing. My pie-lover self was attracted to that pie on the cover, yes, I’m not going to lie, but my bookworm heart is all for this adorable looking book with sweet romance.

The Paper Hearts Society, Lucy Powrie

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž I really love everything that Lucy Powrie does and I have for a couple of years now, so obviously I am ecstatic to see her getting a book deal and FOR WHAT A BOOK! A contemporary with a very relatable protagonist and a book club and oh, my heart has been looking for this.

How The Light Gets In, Katy Upperman

Why I want to read itΒ πŸ”Ž I discovered the author with The Impossibility of Us and ahhh I loved it SO much. This one sounds a bit heavier and more intense, too, but it has sisters and ghosts and this will break my heart into a million pieces. I can’t wait. I’m weird, am I.

πŸ“– Read my full review of The Impossibility of Us


Some honorable mentions, because let’s face it, ten books is not enough.

  • I Wanna Be Where You Are, Kristina Forest: ADORABLE looking contemporary with a road trip and romance and I am loving it already.
  • Tinfoil Crowns, Erin Jones: this is about social media fame and complex family relationships and so here for this.
  • When you were everything, Ashley Woodfolk: We know nothing about this except that it’s about friendships and I loved Ashley’s debut and I’m so excited for this.

Did you hear of any of these books before? Are you anticipating them as well for the new year?

What are some contemporary books you’re eager to read? Whether they release in 2019 or are already released! Let me know all of your recommendations in comments!



Twitter ✨ Goodreads ✨ Bloglovin’

Posted by

Book blogger, travel blogger, writer. πŸ“š |🌍 | πŸ’ž Writing & Communications Graduate. French. Living on love, wanderlust and ya books.

92 thoughts on “My 2019 most anticipated reads – the YA contemporary edition

  1. All these SOUND SO GOOD. I’m reallly excited. I didn’t see the title at first and I thought it was like a general most anticipated reads of 2019 and I went through the list and my heart broke a little when I didn’t see DEFY ME In there πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ and then I read the title and I was like OH RIGHTTT πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸŒΈπŸŒΌ

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Hahaha don’t worry, there’s a part two coming up soon. There are just TOO many books, I couldn’t fit them all in πŸ˜‚ and even there I made sacrifices πŸ˜‚
      I hope you’ll want to add some of these to your TBR and that you’ll love them πŸ™‚
      Thank you!! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh no you’re not a bad blogger AT ALL! I’ve been scrolling down twitter and book lists and 2019 releases lists way too ofen lately while there are SO many books released that I haven’t read yet πŸ˜‚
      Thank you!! I hope you’ll find some books you’d like to read there! πŸ™‚


  2. I’m not as much of a fan of the YA contemporary genre as you are (which is why I’ll be looking forwards to part two of this post) but some of these are going to be my most anticipated releases of 2019 as well! πŸ™‚ I didn’t know Jen Wilde had another book coming out, granted I still need to read The Brightsiders but I’m going to have to add Going off Script to my TBR list too. Also I saw You Asked for Perfect on someone else’s post on 2019 releases and I can’t wait for that one either (it sounds like a book made for me too!)
    Great post, and I hope you enjoy all these books when they’re finally released and you can get around to them. πŸ™‚ ❀️

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahh well part two will come this weekend, I hope you’ll enjoy it πŸ™‚ and I hope this post gave you some ideas to get into contemporaries more! πŸ™‚
      I found out about Jen Wilde’s book recently and immediately added it to my TBR, it sounds SO amazing, I can’t wait πŸ™‚
      and yes, You Asked For Perfect will be brilliant ❀
      Thank you!! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  3. I have 12 of those on my TBR. There are way too many fantastic contemporaries coming out in 2019 (I know, I said this about 2018 too, but it’s always true). I will definitely be reading 5 of them, because I have ARCs, and will hope to get my hands on the others.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. AHHH yay, we are anticipating the same books that’s so great!
      I know right? I had such a hard time narrowing it down, there are so many incredible looking books. I can’t wait to read them πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll love them πŸ™‚ thank you!!

      Liked by 1 person

    1. I found out about it a little while ago and, despite the lack of information, I just CAN’T wait. I loved her debut and that one about friendship sounds incredible πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Ooo there are definitely books I need to check out! I’m so so excited for If I’m Being Honest because ya girl is your resident Always Never Yours stan! I’m seeing so many 2019 posts and I’m just trying to understand where the year went? Also, these covers are so pretty I kind of want to cry! Happy reading, Marie!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. YAY ahh I’m so happy you love Always Never Yours, I loved this debut SO much and am so excited about their next book πŸ˜€
      Same here, no idea where 2018 went and… all the books I was supposed to read, either πŸ˜‚
      thank you so, so much! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ooh I love your 2019 shelf, it’s so colourful! I’ve only got 7 books on my 2019 TBR shelf so far although I have another 8 recorded on my ‘2019 releases to stalk’ spreadsheet page that I still need to add. I just keep trying not to add more to my GR shelf because it’s getting out of control :’) Anyway, 2019 looks like it’s going to be a GREAT year for books

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I feel like there are so many gorgeous looking covers in 2019 so… that doesn’t help the TBR problem AT ALL haha.
      I get that, it’s getting completely out of control for me as well, but… I can’t help it. I need to add these books haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by Avery πŸ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  6. I’m definitely looking forward to The Boy Who Steals Houses, Again but Better, and Sand Castle Dreams (that’s more of a Christian contemporary tho) for next year! All these you mentioned look great too … I should look them up in the future!!

    xx lisa

    Liked by 1 person

    1. OH YES The Boy Who Steals Houses and Again but Better! I’m SO looking forward these two as well, they sound amazing πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment Lisa! πŸ™‚


  7. Ooh, you’ve picked quite a few good ones on here that I haven’t heard of before!

    Some of my anticipated 2019 contemporaries are: The Princess and the Fangirl, Our Year of Maybe, On the Come Up, The Map from Here to There and Somewhere Only We Know!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahh I’m glad I could make you discover some new books πŸ˜€
      You have so many great anticipated reads! I got lucky enough to read Our Year of Maybe already and I absolutely LOVED it, one of my favorites now. I hope you’ll love it too! ❀


  8. Oh I already have so many I want to read too eeep! And especially the contemporaries?! Like the contemporary authors are outdoing themselves these days and I’m SO excited πŸ’–βœ¨Definitely for Opposite Of Always and Going Off Script, also I didn’t know Ashley Woodfolk was coming out with a new one and I will neeeed that.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh I so agree, I feel like contemporaries are just getting BETTER and better and damn I love this genre so much haha πŸ™‚
      I really hope Ashley Woodfolk’s book will release next year, since we don’t have a lot of info about it just yet… I can’t wait. It sounds amazing! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much Cait! ❀ ❀


  9. Aahhh I absolutely adore this post, Marie!! You already know how much I love YA contemporaries; they’ll always be my favorite genre to read πŸ’–πŸ’– My 2019-releases shelf on Goodreads is currently 40 books, but it’s about to grow because of you πŸ˜‚ I’m extremely excited for You Asked for Perfect too (as you know); March 2019 can’t come soon enough 😭 Great post as always!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahh this makes me so happy!! You’re welcome ahah I hope you found some books you’d love there! ❀
      I can't WAIT for You Asked for Perfect. I'm going to LOVE this book so much, I'm just SO excited!! πŸ˜€
      Thank you! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so, so much, this is so appreciated ❀ It is indeed a little bit of work, but it feels rewarding to be abe to spread the love for some of these upcoming titles πŸ™‚ thank you!! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Ahhh Marie, this is an incredible post!! I’m so excited for so many of these as well, and I just finished You Asked for Perfect yesterday – I think you’re really going to love it, the anxiety rep is spot on, and I felt like I was reading about myself a lot of times.

    Such a wonderful post, as always! ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh thank you so much Lily ❀ You're so lucky you were able to read it already. I can't wait, it sounds way too relatable and I know it will hit home, too. I can't wait! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. as a contemporary trash loving human, this post speaks to my soul. so many of these covers are beyond gorgeous and its totally not fair bc now i want them all in my hands

    i’m just ABOUT to start ‘just for clicks’ bc it honestly sounds so relatable and adorable and FAMILY!!!! ughhh 2019 isn’t going to be a good year for our tbrs but that just means it’ll be a better year for us as readers lol

    (also my love for you miiight have increased a whole lot due to the use of the melissa mccarthy gif) fantastic post ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. AHHH yay that’s so, so, SO great, I’m really looking forward to your thoughts on Just For Clicks, I’m so impatient to read that one!! πŸ˜€
      And ahhhh I’m so happy, I love her so much as welllllll. ❀ Thank you so much! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  12. What a coincidence- a lot of these are my most anticipated contemporary releases of 2019! Opposite of Always is my number one most anticipated release and I CAN NOT wait for it! I just have to wait for three more months!! *squeals*
    You Asked For Perfect is my second most anticipated- perfectionism+slow burn m/m romance? YES! Also, the cover is gorgeous. ❀
    I loved Always Never Yours, so I'm also looking forward to If I'm Being Honest! Like all of these books… the cover is beautiful.
    Another contemporary I'm looking forward to is The Meaning of Birds! It initially caught my eye because of- surprise!- the cover!! but it also sounds beautiful and heartbreaking and I'm PUMPED for it!
    I adored this post!! I can't wait for 2019! (Yet it's still crazy to think about how 2018 is almost done!)

    Liked by 1 person

    1. AHHH really that’s so great!!
      I really can’t wait to read Opposite of Always, I am certain it will be INCREDIBLE ahhh. ❀ And yes, You Asked For Perfect looks and will be incredible, too, I'm just way too excited πŸ˜€
      Oh thank you so much for the recommendation, I need to look that one up and add it to my TBR as well πŸ˜€
      Thank you! ❀ ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  13. Love your recs, Marie! I don’t read much light hearted YA Contemporary unless they’re a bit heavier in terms of subject matter. I would love to read Lucy Powrie’s debut having followed her for a long time on YT. I’m looking forward to Rachel Lynn Solomon’s Our Year of Maybe. She’s one of my favourites, so I do hope you’ll check out her works!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Oh thank you so much Cam! πŸ™‚
      I can’t wait for Lucy’s debut, I feel like it will be AMAZING, really πŸ™‚
      I got lucky enough to read Our year of Maybe last week already and wow, I adored it SO much. I need to read her debut as soon as I can, I’m certain I will love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀


  14. As I’m on a book buying ban until June 2019 I have purposefully not been keeping up with new releases because I don’t want to know what I am not allowed to have xD But If I’m Being Honest is one I have already seen around a bit on upcoming lists and is drawing my attention. Great collection :3

    Liked by 1 person

    1. JUNE 2019 wow that is far away?!! Best of luck, wow, I admire you so much ahah ❀
      I hope you'll get If I'm Being Honest someday, well, once you're off your ban, I'm certain it will be AMAZING πŸ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

  15. I requested You’d Be Mine from NetGalley, and I’m really looking forward to reading it! I was trying to wait until a little closer to its release date, but the temptation has been intense! It just sounds like a book I’ll love! A few of these are on my TBR, but others are new! I’m definitely going to be adding a lot of these to my TBR (and from your other posts as well). These are so great!

    Check out my 2018 End of the Year Giveaway! Lindsi @ Do You Dog-ear? πŸ’¬

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Ah such a great list! I’m also very excited to read You Asked For Perfect, Girl Out of Water was such an amazing book ❀ I’ve read You’d Be Mine via Netgally and I adored it, such a cute, lovely story. I’m also very excited for King of Scars, The Princess and the Fangril and There’s Something About Sweetie!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahh thank you, so happy you liked it! πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad you enjoyed You’d Be Mine, it sounds like such a cute story, I can’t wait to read it ❀
      The Princess and the Fangirl sounds so good, I really need to add that one to my TBR!
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  17. asdfghjkl Marie you always have the best contemporary recs ❀ Throwback to the summer when you turned me into a contemporary loving fluff ball (which I still am) πŸ€— I have so much books I also want to read on this list, but there are a couple I've hearing about for the first time yet I already know I'm going to enjoy so much~ These covers are also just too cute! I still need to get caught up on all the Kasie West and Jenn Bennett books, so I'll be working my way through those before these are released. Thank you to this post for putting them all on my radar πŸ‘€

    I've fallen so behind reading your posts (again), but I hope you've been doing well!! πŸ™ˆ

    Liked by 1 person

    1. AWwww this makes me so very happy, I’m glad I could make you love contemporary a little more, there really are some gems in that category ❀️
      I need to get caught up on all of the Jenn Bennett’s books as well, they all sound SO good, I can’t wait to read them πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much Tiffany, you’re a sweetheart ❀️❀️❀️❀️

      Liked by 1 person

  18. This looks like an impressive list for 2019, Marie! I absolutely trust your taste when it comes to YA contemporary novels and I am looking forward to hearing your thoughts on these books πŸ™‚ Just from a glance, I would say You Asked for Perfect sounds like my kind of book as well. Thank you for sharing ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I … well I kind of had more, but I had to stop somewhere haha. I’m just too excited about YA contemporary in general, they’re my favorites ❀
      You Asked For Perfect! That one will be, well… perfect, I can feel it haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! ❀ ❀

      Liked by 1 person

  19. I still need to read girl out of water, but I’m still really keen for you asked for perfect too. And I’m also still keen to read always never yours, but if I’m being honest sounds good too. How the lights get in sounds really cool as well.
    Really great list!! ❀

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Ahhh I’m so glad you like the books here and I hope you’ll get a chance to read both Girl Out of Water and Always Never Yours soon, they were amazing! ❀
      Thank you so much!! ❀


  20. I am so not en trend with what’s cool and new in the contemporary or book world in general, but I’ve actually heard of a couple of those books and do want to read some of them haha I don’t think I can do a real TBR, it’s just not realistic that I will read them.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. These are some of the amazing reads, Marie. I have been accepted for the blog tour of You Asked For Perfect and I can’t wait to start it πŸ˜€ There are so many other books I am excited for. My most anticipated one is On the Come Up by Angie Thomas.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.