28 most anticipated YA contemporary reads for 2020

I love that time of the year. Okay, to be completely honest with you, I actually hate that time of the year, with that very exception right here below and for the upcoming months:

It’s time for all the most anticipated and best lists!

These kind of blog posts are some of my favorite to write, ever and today I am FILLED WITH EXCITMENT about 2020 and all of the incredible reads that will come with this new year, too, I can barely wait.

Every year ever since I started book blogging (so… well, it’s been five years now), I have come to realize that I became more and more aware of new releases and…. more and more excited about them all, too. I don’t know if it’s because I now realize ARCs are a thing and people get excited about them, or because I’m just not that blind anymore to upcoming reads, but… every year, I come to the same conclusion:

There are way too many books I am anticipating and oops. My 2020 releases shelf is, as of right now, filled with 74 books and, for me, that is quite a lot.

Worst of it all….MOST of these books are young adult contemporaries, because you know me, I’m a marshmallow.

So beware. This list will be LONG (and… I already kind of didn’t talk about ALL the books either, because there are too many.) This list is filled with so many exciting reads so I hope you’ll bear with me and get excited about these with me, too!

✨ My Most Anticipated YA Reads for 2020

Time of Our Lives, Emily Wibberley & Austin Siegemund-Broka

Publishing April 21st, 2020 by Penguin Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Hello, my name is Marie and I am a teensy tiny bit obsessed with Austin & Emily’s books. Okay thanks bye. Time of Our Lives is easily my most anticipated read of the entire year and the book I’m just obsessing about already okay. I mean: it explores life at college, it’s going to be emotional and powerful and wonderful and with Emily & Austin’s incredible characters… I’m here for it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

When You Were Everything, Ashley Woodfolk

Publishing March 10th, 2020 by Delacorte.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I loved Ashley Woodfolk’s debut, The Beauty That Remains, so much that I sobbed in the FIRST PAGE. Her upcoming book is about friendship breakups and let me tell you, we need more of these kind of reads. I can’t wait to read that one.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Reconnected, Catherine Tinker

Publishing June 1st, 2020 by Swoon Reads.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Virtual friendship falling apart, turns into awkward meet years later? HELLO. This is a book I was meant to read okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

What I Like About You, Marissa Kanter

Publishing on April 7th, 2020 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Internet friendships, IRL crushes, a main character owning a young adult book blog ? I think I might be deceased here because I need this. What I Like About You sounds adorable and awkward and everything I need.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

More Than Maybe, Erin Hahn

Publishing May 12th 2020 by Wednesday Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Erin Hahn’s debut, You’d Be Mine, was one of my favorite reads this year. A wonderful contemporary that made me happy and swoon and I just can’t wait to read this one now. It has a music blogger and a love song going viral and most likely tons of swoon and incredible characters and I can’t wait.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Today Tonight Tomorrow, Rachel Lynn Solomon

Publishing June 16th, 2020 by Simon Pulse.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I fell in love with Rachel Lynn Solomon’s stories with Our Year Of Maybe and am now determined to read everything she will write. I mean, her upcoming book Today Tonight Tomorrow is about rivals OVERACHIEVERS (hello, me) and takes place over the span of 24 hours and here for it ahhhhhhhhhhh.Β 

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

It Sounded Better in my Head, Nina Kenwood

Publishing April 7th, 2020 by Flatiron Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Okay so first, this title just makes me feel like this book was made for me. Second, this is all the awkwardness of teenage romances and I’m here for it, too okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Tweet Cute, Emma Lord

Publishing January 21th, 2020 by Wednesday Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž A perfectionist and a class clown, a twitter war and apparently a whole lot of cheese (both metaphorically, and really) and here I come running because this book sounds like the absolute cutest ever and here I am running ah heello I need you.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Only Mostly Devastated, Sophie Gonzales

Publishing March 3rd, 2020 by Wednesday Books.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž So apparently this is like Simon vs. and Grease and I’m just like, here for the romance and soft for these boys already okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Loveless, Alice Oseman

Publishing April 30th, 2020 by Harper Collins Children’s Books

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I want it because I’m trash for everything Alice Oseman writes, is that a good enough reason??? Apparently, this is an #ownvoices book with an aro-ace main character and we need more of these stories, too, so I really can’t wait.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads

We Used To Be Friends, Amy Spalding

Publishing on January 7th, by Amulet.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is about two best friends growing up and growing apart and why don’t we have more friendship break-up stories in YA BOOKS WE NEED THEM???????? I’m so happy we’re getting this one and I really can’t wait to read it.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Keep My Heart in San Francisco, Amelia Diane Coombs

Publishing on June 23rd, 2020 by Simon Pulse.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Two ex best friends teaming up to save a family’s business, set in the heart of San Francisco? Now this sounds like the kind of romantic contemporary I need, I’m already soft for this okay.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

A Love Hate Thing, Whitney D. Grandison

Publishing on January 7th, 2020 by Inkyard Press.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Okay so I love this cover A LOT, I have to say this. Then, this is a angsty hate to love kind of story and trouble boy and golden girl and helloooooooo this sounds quite awesome, doesn’t it?

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Best Laid Plans, Cameron Lund

Publishing on April 7th, 2020 by RazorBill

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is a story about an 18-years-old determined to lose her virginity before heading off to college and I have a feeling this will turn out to be funny and a little messed up and adorable and hello here for this.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads

The Upside of Falling, Alex Light

Publishing on February 8th, 2020 by Harper Teen

Why I want it πŸ”Ž FAKE dating turns into a mess of complicated feelings??? HELLO this is one of my favorite tropes I am really really reaaaaaaaaaaally here for it.

πŸ“– add to goodreads

Clique Bait, Ann Valett

Publishing on April 28th, 2020, by Harper Teen.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž This is a story of revenge and it sounds thrilling, to be honest. Uncovering a clique’s darkest secrets and, most likely messing a whole lot of things up and falling for the wrong people in the meantime ? This sounds really good.

πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Chasing Lucky, Jenn Bennett

Publishing on May 5th, 2020 by Simon Pulse

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I love everything Jenn Bennett writes so I’m here for her new upcoming read. New England and bookshop setting and swoon and this is me running towards this book hello.

πŸ“– add to goodreads

Look, Zan Romanoff

Publishing on March 31, 2020 by Razorbill

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I’m already obsessed with this book. It’s about a social media influencer accidentally going viral, it’s about who you are vs. who you seem to be online and it’s all themes and things I WANT to read about and I can’t wait.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads

I Kissed Alice, Anna Birch

Publishing on May 26th, 2020 by Macmillan

Why I want it πŸ”Ž So they hate each other in real life, but are actually collaborating on an online graphic novel (without knowing it). HOW great does that sound???

πŸ“– add to goodreads

Little Universes, Heather Demetrios

Publishing on April 7th, 2020 by Henry Holt and Co.

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I’m such a big fan of Heather Demetrios’s book I’ll Meet You There and Little Universes has SISTERS at its heart and… I just need it. It sounds a little sad and emotional, exploring the complex bonds between sisters after a tragedy and I’m going to cry okay.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads

Now that I’ve Found You, Kristina Forest

Publishing on June 2nd, 2020 by Roaring Brook Press

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I just loved Kristina Forest’s debut, I Wanna Be Where You Are, so much and her next book has the most stunning cover again and sounds so, so lovely. A wanna-be-movie star, a cute musician and a wild weekend in New York City, this sounds SO GOOD.

πŸ“– add to goodreads

You Don’t Live Here, Robyn Schneider

Publishing on June 2nd, 2020 by Katherine Tegen Books

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I really enjoyed Robyn Schneider’s previous books and this one sounds SO good. It’s about Sasha, trying to find herself outside of her grandparents’ expectations, trying to deal with grief and her growing attraction for a girl. This sounds like such a wonderful coming of age story and I can’t wait.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads

You Say It First, Katie Cotugno

Publishing on June 16th, 2020 by Balzer + Bray

Why I want it πŸ”Ž Okay so this is about a long distance friendship unlikely growing into something more and this sounds like everything I’ve ever needed in a contemporary and did you see that cover I’m a big big fan already okay I NEED.

πŸ“– add to goodreads

Anna K. : A Love Story, Jenny Lee

Publishing on March 3rd, 2020 by Flatiron Books

Why I want it πŸ”Ž I’m sort of getting Gossip Girl vibes from that one, with a main character at the top of Manhattan society, a complex, forbidden romance and this sounds like all the drama and fun and I’m really already loving this.
πŸ“– find it on goodreads


✨ More Anticipated YA Reads for 2020 : covers to be announced

When it’s over…. MORE BOOKS ARE COMING! Here are some more incredible books I’m looking forward to reading.

Do you want to read any of these books?

What are some of your most anticipated contemporary releases for 2020? I’d love to know your recommendations in comments!





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88 thoughts on “28 most anticipated YA contemporary reads for 2020

  1. This was my first year making an anticpated reads post and I was so surprised by how stressful it was to come up with all these books and how I couldn’t keep up with everything!! But yes I love reading these posts as I love finding new books and people are so excited!!

    I’m so surprised Austin and Emily’s next book is on this list πŸ˜‰ haha, i love how passionate you are!! It does sound great and I love that it is set in college!!

    I’m excited for it sounded better in my head!! I love the title too!! πŸ˜†

    I’m so excited for Loveless too, I mean I need to read her first two books first but I’m excited!! 😍

    Little universes sound great!! You’ve brought so many books to my attention and all the covers are so cute as well!!
    I’m so excited for the sequel to Darius too!!
    Ahh.. I loved your list so much!! Thank you for sharing!! πŸ’›

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    1. Aah yes you’re right, it is a little bit stressful, there are so many books and I’m always scared to miss out on some, but… it’s also exciting, all the releases to look forward to!! πŸ˜€

      I’m so happy you’re excited for so many of these books, yay! And that Darius sequel, I just can’t wait, we need more Darius in our lives ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀

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  2. I’m not usually SO into new releases, but next year all the friendship break up books I’ve seen, I’m like uhm, I need that in my life! There are quite a few I’m looking forward to, like When You Were Everything, Reconnected, and We Used to Be Friends.

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  3. So many promising books next year! I’m also excited for More than Maybe (Erin’s debut You’d Be Mine was one of my faves this year) and You Say it First. I’ve already read Tweet Cute and, boy, it was so sweet it gave me a toothache. Great list, Marie!

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  4. This is so NOT good for my TBR-list… haha! I just blindly added all the books, because I’m also a marshmallow so I trust your recommendations πŸ™‚
    According to this list, the first half of 2020 will be great, book-wise!
    Great post, Marie! ❀

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  5. When I read “We Used to be Friends”, the Veronica Mars theme immediately started playing in my head haha it’s like when I read “Since You’ve Been Gone” and Kelly Clarkson comes on haha But the cover game is STRONG next year. SO many intriguing stories too, I am sure you’ll have a great time with those reads.

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  6. I feel like I’m living so last-minute lately that I’ve barely given any thought to 2020 at all yet. Most years I feel like I have a list of books I’m anticipating, but this year I can only think of a handful from January or early in the year. Guess I’d better get ready to add to that now that these types of lists are coming out! πŸ™‚

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  7. Oh, this is such a wonderful list of 2020 releases! I’ve been slowly hunting for releases to add to my TBR so this was super helpful to discover more amazing sounding contemporary books! πŸ’• I’m especially excited about all the books featuring complicated friendships, it’s great that there’s a rise of books dealing with a friendship fallout as it can be just as devastating as a breakup. I wish we had info on a new Jen Wilde book though, as I love her books so much 😱

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  8. Ooh I actually have quite a few of these on my 2020 TBR after spending a lot of time looking up lists on Goodreads to try and get some of my most anticipated releases posts planned. Some of these are still new to me though. I’m surprised I wasn’t aware of the Robyn Schneider one in particular. I don’t know how to pick a favourite from here. Maybe Loveless as I’ve heard such good things about the author? I’m also looking forward to Meet Me At Midnight, Verona Comics and one that I suddenly cant remember the name of πŸ™ˆ it’s about a girl going to her principal claiming her boyfriend is abusive and the sides that form and questions that follow. I honestly don’t know why I can’t think of the name as i was super interested in it.

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    1. Ahh yay, happy to hear you’re looking forward to most of these! πŸ™‚
      YES! I’m so excited for Loveless and I just recently found out about Verona Comics, it sounds so good!! πŸ™‚
      I’ll look forward to reading your most anticipated list!

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  9. I haven’t really had time to look for all the new releases and anyway, I’m awful at keeping up with them, so thank you so much for putting this list together! I only know about Tweet Cute – that I’m interested in – but I haven’t heard (or have, but only vaguely) about the others. :/

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  10. Hi Marie!!! I’ve missed reading your posts so much as I’ve been on my hiatus! ❀ SO happy to see this wonderful list! I've been incredibly out of the loop with new releases, so I will have to keep this post bookmarked! I cannot wait for another Jenn Bennett book! She is my hero and I need Chasing Lucky to be released already! I'm also super excited for Time of Our Lives, More than Maybe, and A Love Hate Thing!

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    1. KELLY! I hope you’ve been well, it’s good to see you here ahh you’re too sweet ❀ ❀ I'm so happy you're excited about the same titles as I am, I hope we will both love them all πŸ˜€


  11. Haha I just added like all of these books to my TBR, thank you so much!! (That’s not supposed to be sarcastic LOL.) I’m so so excited for so many of these books, 2020 is really treating us well with all of these amazing books with gorgeous covers 😍😍 (and somehow a lot of these covers look similar in style? haha they all look so beautiful though!!)

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    1. THIS MAKES ME THE HAPPIEST!!!! πŸ’• I can’t wait to hear what you think of all of these books, I’m so excited to read them all! And yes, these covers look amazing, I’m such a fan! ❀

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