20 most anticipated YA reads for the second half of 2020

Hi friends! ☀️  I’m back…. if you ever noticed I was gone. I took a couple weeks off, aside from my scheduled and due reviews and… it’s been really hard to turn the whole blogging mode off, but well. ANYWAY I’m back and eager to talk BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!

I compiled for you a little list of some of my most anticipated young adult books releasing between August – December 2020…. because I felt like screaming about some books I can’t wait to get to.

So, here goes! I hope you’ll enjoy this list and will find some new reads to add to your TBRs!

✨ My Most Anticipated YA Reads for August – December 2020

Not Your #LoveStory, Sonia Hartl

Publishing September 1st, 2020 by Page Street Kids.

Why I want it 🔎 Okay so I think I needed this book like yesterday, it sounds so good. It’s about Macy and her small YouTube channel going viral all of a sudden, it has a fake relationship and a shy-boy-next-door potential real relationship, issues of going viral and figuring out what you’d do for clicks and I don’t know I’m so into this already I AM SCREAMING!!!!!!

📖 find it on goodreads

One Way or Another, Kara McDowell

Publishing October 6th, 2020 by Scholastic Press.

Why I want it 🔎 I really loved Kara McDowell’s debut, Just for Clicks and am even more eager to read her sophomore novel… especially knowing this has anxiety rep, a main character struggling to make a decision (I feel attacked by this synopsis. Seriously) and two different parallel universes at Christmas time. I’m so so eager to read this!

📖 find it on goodreads

Recommended For You, Laura Silverman

Publishing March 17th, 2020 by Skyscape.

Why I want it 🔎 I love Laura Silverman’s books with all of my heart and this, THIS. This has a bookshop setting and an adorable competition-turning into romance kind of relationship and I’m swooning happily okay.

📖 find it on goodreads

Darius The Great Deserves Better, Adib Khorram

Publishing on August 25th, 2020 by Dial Books for Young Readers.

Why I want it 🔎 I loved loved loved Darius The Great Is Not Okay and am still screaming happily knowing there’s a sequel to it. I can’t wait to be back with Darius and I really love him and that’s it okay.

📖 find it on goodreads

Miss Meteor, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore

Publishing September 22nd 2020 by HarperTeen.

Why I want it 🔎 I fell in love with Tehlor Kay Mejia’s writing with We Set the Dark on Fire and only heard amazing things about Anna-Marie McLemore’s writing and books. This has a beauty pageant and two ex-best-friends reunited for it and I’m SCREAMING about this.

📖 find it on goodreads

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow, Laura Taylor Namey

Publishing October 6th, 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

Why I want it 🔎 I loved the author’s debut, The Library of Lost Things and have a feeling I’ll adore this one as well. A teenage master of Cuban cuisine goes off to England on adventures, discovering herself, honoring her family’s legacy, falling in love and I’m just so so so excited for this this sounds lovely!! 

📖 find it on goodreads

Furia, Yamile Saied Méndez

Publishing September 29th, 2020 by Algonquin Young Readers.

Why I want it 🔎 This is about a talented Argentinian teenager Camila, her fútbol team gets qualified for the South American tournament, the boy she fell in love with comes back into town and this just sounds like a wonderful story with a main character fighting for her dreams and I’m just really into it already!

📖 find it on goodreads

Majesty, Katharine McGee

Publishing September 1st, 2020 by Random House Books For Young Readers.

Why I want it 🔎 Well, I kind of loved American Royals and I’m just so so sooo pumped to read its sequel okay. I’m here for all the royalty kind of drama always.

📖 find it on goodreads

Now That I’ve Found You, Kristina Forest

Publishing August 25th, 2020 by Roaring Brook Press.

Why I want it 🔎 So I got lucky enough to read this one and I’m still anticipating it to be released to the world because it’s so good! I’m a fan of Kristina Forest okay. Her debut, I Wanna Be Where You Are, was amazing and Now That I’ve Found You has celebrity scandal, a wild chase in New York, an amazing cast of characters and yes you need this!

📖 find it on goodreads

They Wish They Were Us, Jessica Goodman

Publishing August 4th, 2020 by Razorbill

Why I want it 🔎 I know I’m a marshmallow, but I kind of enjoy a good mystery every now and then and this one seems like… well, SO GOOD. It has this prep school setting, this dark murderous past, this secret society and….I’m just so curious about that one, it sounds so thrilling!!

📖 find it on goodreads

The Silvered Serpents, Roshani Chokshi

Publishing September 22nd, 2020 by Wednesday Books.

Why I want it 🔎 The first book in this duology, The Gilded Wolves, was really, really good and I’m so excited to know what happens next and especially to get back with these characters I loved!

📖 find it on goodreads

Instant Karma, Marissa Meyer

Publishing November 3rd, 2020 by Feiwel & Friends.

Why I want it 🔎 I enjoyed reading Marissa Meyer’s previous works and am so curious to read this YA contemporary with a twist: the main character can cast instant karma, good or bad, on anyone!! This sounds like a lot of fun.

📖 find it on goodreads

Rent a Boyfriend, Gloria Chao

Publishing November 10th, 2020 by Simon Pulse.

Why I want it 🔎 I liked American Panda by the author and that one sounds like so much fun. The main character hires someone to pretend to be her boyfriend to appease her Taiwanese parents and we all know how that turns out and I need thiiiiiiiis.

📖 find it on goodreads

These Vengeful Hearts, Katherine Laurin

Publishing September 8th, 2020 by Inkyard Press.

Why I want it 🔎 Elite students in a school with secret identities and a main character trying to get her revenge on them for hurting her sister…. this sounds like the exciting kind of mystery I really enjoy and I’m so pumped to read this!!

📖 find it on goodreads

Dating Makes Perfect, Pintip Dunn

Publishing August 18th, 2020 by Entangled Teen.

Why I want it 🔎 Okay so this sounds like the kind of contemporary I’d fall for, that’s for sure. We have a Thai main character, her parents forcing her to practice fake-dating -you know, to be ready when that really happens- with, uh-oh, someone she knows and…. doesn’t really like. I’m loving this already.

📖 find it on goodreads


The Truth Project, Dante Medema

Publishing October 13th, 2020 by Quill Tree Books.

Why I want it 🔎 I love contemporaries with family at their hearts and this one sounds so, so good and emotional. It’s about Cordelia discovering her father isn’t actually her father and obviously she questions everything she has ever known about her family and it sounds like such a good story, I can’t wait.

📖 find it on goodreads

A Curse of Roses, Diana Pinguicha

Publishing December 1st, 2020 by Entangled Teen.

Why I want it 🔎 This is a f/f ya historical fantasy based on a Portuguese legend and it’s about Princess Yzabel, cursed by magic to turn food into flowers during a famine and it seems to be beautiful and whimsical and f/f yearning and this just sounds so very wonderful okay.

📖 find it on goodreads

This is All Your Fault, Aminah Mae Safi

Publishing October 13th, 2020 by Feiwel & Friends.

Why I want it 🔎 I really love this premise: it’s about three girls wanting to save their indie bookstore and it’s set over the course of 24 hours and told in their 3 POVs. It sounds like such a great read and I just can’t wait to meet these characters.

📖 find it on goodreads


✨ Most anticipated Adult Contemporary Romances for the end of 2020

You Had Me At Hola, Alexis Daria

Publishing August 4th, 2020 by Avon.

Why I want it 🔎 Okay so this is set in the world of telenovelas, you have two main characters fighting to restore their image on TV screens, a need for the two of them to connect and create chemistry and you got what seems to be a very fun and entertaining romance and I’m here for it. DID YOU SEE THAT COVER as well I’m in love?

📖 find it on goodreads

Spoiler Alert, Olivia Dade

Publishing October 6th, 2020 by Avon.

Why I want it 🔎 A TV show star secretly posting popular fanfiction online? A fan of that said fanfiction posting her cosplay online and going viral? An adorable growing romance but with secrets?? I don’t know this sounds like such a fun read and I love that cover so so so so very much I need this.

📖 find it on goodreads

Do you want to read any of these books?

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





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80 thoughts on “20 most anticipated YA reads for the second half of 2020

  1. eeep i got an e-arc of rent a boyfriend and I’M SO EXCITED. i’ve started reading more contemporaries this year and i’ve found a lot of them are by white authors and i really want to change that!!! and you KNOW im so excited for dating makes perfect!! this is such a great list ❤

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    1. aaaaaaaaaah that’s amazing, I hope you’ll love it!! There are so many little contemporary gems out there, i just read with the fire on high and adored it. i hope you’ll read more contemporaries you’ll love by poc, we need ALL of them in our lives! 🥰🥰
      thank you so, so much ❤ ❤


  2. Since I don’t read a lot of contemporary, so many of these were new to me! And there are a lot of diverse releases in the list – I’m so glad you highlighted them. 💖 The only ones on my list would be The Silvered Serpents (I’m a huge fan of Roshani’s work!) and Miss Meteor as I’ve heard it has magical realism aspects. Lovely list, Marie! 💕

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    1. Ahh I’m so happy to hear that, so glad I could hopefully make your TBR grow a little with some contemporaries! 🥰 I can’t WAIT to read Miss Meteor ahhh so excited!!

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  3. First of all, I am obsessed with that Rory gif and it suits the post so well hehe. Love to see it. But ahh I also just love this list so much!! And am excited to read them all.

    I really need to get to American Royals (very excited to) and then hopefully can read the sequel right after. The Cuban’s Guide also sounds AMAZING and I can’t wait to read it. Dating Makes Perfect sounds AMAZING too omg, definitely adding it to my tbr. Instant Karma has such an interesting premise!! And I really need to get my hands on Gilded Wolves because I hear its so good xx

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    1. Ahh thank you so, so much! ❤ I hope you'll love American Royals, I was such a fan of all the draaaaama ahah 🙂
      I can't wait to hear your thoughts on Gilded Wolves, too, such a great book! 😀
      Thank you!! ❤

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  4. I was lucky to get an ARC of Spoiler Alert, and I have to tell you that I LOVED IT! It was so much fun. It was my first book by Dade and it made me a fan. You have so much to look forward to with that one.

    I hope your time off refreshed you!

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  5. I just finished Forest’s new book last night and I LOVED IT! Gigi was wonderful and I liked how she worked through the conflict and I adored Milo. The ending left me in a really good mood too.

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  6. Oh there are SO many books on here that I can’t wait to get to!! Recommended for You looks adorable (bookshops?! yes please!) and so does Not Your #lovestory! Had to add both my TBR asap (: I hope you enjoy all of these! ❤️ 

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    1. Oh yay! Recommended for You is absolutely wonderful ahh. I can’t wait for Not Your LoveStory, I feel like i’d fall in love with it. I hope you’ll love them, too 🙂
      And thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Erin! ❤

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  7. I didn’t know Darius the Great had a sequel! I got the audio because I heard so many great things about it, but of course, I haven’t gotten to it yet. Renta Boyfriend sounds cute. ❤

    I'm eagerly waiting for You Had Me at Hola and Spoiler Alert as well!

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  8. Hello, Laura Silverman book with a bookstore setting?? Immediately adding that to my tbr.
    The Silvered Serpents and A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow are both on my tbr as well and I’m so excited about them! Furia and A Curse of Roses also sound amazing! Ahhh so many good books coming out later this year, I cannot wait 😀

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  9. You Had Me At Hola and Instant Karma are also on my want-to-read list but the books I am most anticipating are Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco and The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue. I can’t wait for these two to be released. 🙂

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    1. Ohhh, I need to read more from Schwab, too, i have loved her work so far 🙂 and I haven’t heard about that other book, I need to check it out! Thank you for the recommendations 😀


  10. ahh, i can’t wait to read american royals, it seems like it’ll be such a fun read! i’m also really curious about dating makes perfect, especially because i’ve never read a book by a thai author before :(( its watercolor cover is GORGEOUS, and i love fake dating and enemies to lovers as much as the next person, haha
    hope you enjoy all of these, marie!! ❤


  11. Ohh, I loved reading about your anticipated releases for the rest of the year as it always gives me great inspiration to add some more books to my TBR 🥰 I’m SO excited for One Way or Another!! I love that it has anxiety rep and I love books that have a what-if/multiple timeline elements! Also super excited about Recommended For You (the bookstore setting is so amazing!), Darius the Great Deserves Better, The Silvered Serpents (I finally read the first book and it ended up becoming one of my new favorites!!) and Instant Karma (Marissa Meyer!!) ❤

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  12. I’m glad to see that you’re back, Marie! 🙂 (That said, taking time off was well-deserved and valid!!) As per usual, I’m so bloody hopeless when it comes to keeping up with new releases, I knew of basically none of these… so I now have 10+ windows opened on my laptop – I’m excited to check them out. I was, however, already excited for Not Your #LoveStory and You Had Me At Hola! Great post! :D❤

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  13. Aah, there are so many books on my TBR in this post!! I also got to add some new books to my TBR, so thank you! Even though 2020 has been kind of crappy I’m glad that we’re getting so many amazing sounding books. Great post, Marie!

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