Following up on last week's adult spring book preview, here's the list of Y.A. novels I can't wait to read (or have already devoured) this spring. I'm including a couple from March and early April that are already out; get your reading done early to make room for the surge of great books headed our way in June. There's a little bit of everything, from the second in Kiera Cass's gorgeous Selection series to the coming-of-age tale of a 14-year-old boy in Andrew Smith's Winger to to Rick Yancey's much discussed dystopian novel The Fifth Wave ... and plenty more.
OCD, the Dude, & Me, by Lauren Roedy Vaughn. (Dial, March 21). Alternative-high-school-goer Danielle Levine is one of those wonderful, unforgettable, quirky, relateable characters you cannot not love in this book about "the life of one charmingly obsessive outcast."
Awakening: A Tankborn Novel, by Karen Sandler. (Tu Books, April 1). Sandler's latest continues the story of Kayla, a GEN (or genetically engineered nonhuman girl) who's now a member of a secret organization called the Kinship, working to promote GEN freedom.
That Time I Joined the Circus, by J.J. Howard. (Scholastic, April 1). If you've ever dreamed of becoming a fortune-teller, or simply want to read about a character who does, Howard's debut novel provides that very opportunity. Music-loving New York City girl Lexi tries to track down her mom—rumored to be in Florida with a traveling circus—and in the process, finds herself (and maybe romance).
My Life After Now, by Jessica Verdi. (Sourcebooks Fire, April 2). Verdi's debut novel, which deftly addresses sex, HIV, and AIDs, features Lucy, a teen girl who makes a mistake one night that changes her life forever.
Rapture Practice, by Aaron Hartzler. (Little, Brown, April 9). In his moving, funny memoir, Hartzler tells of his upbringing in a fundamentalist Christian family, and how he, as a gay teen, began to question everything he'd been taught.
White Lines, by Jennifer Banash. (Putnam Juvenile, April 9). Cat is growing up in Alphabet City in the 1980s, with a job "as club-kid royalty working the door at the hottest spots in New York." Of course, that doesn't mean her life is perfect. New York City buffs and nostalgists will love this one especially.
Defriended, by Ruth Baron. (Scholastic, April 30). Nostalgic horror with a modern technology twist: "Whether she was alive or dead, Lacey Gray was online."
Gorgeous, by Paul Rudnick. (Scholastic, April 30). 18-year-old Becky Randle's mom dies, and suddenly, with the help of mysterious, never-aging top designer Tom Kelly, Becky becomes Rebecca, the most beautiful woman in the world (at least, in the eyes of her adoring public). Rudnick's first Y.A. novel is full of magic, snark, style, heart, and hilarity.
Invisibility, by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan. (Philomel, May 7). Just another teen love story, except the boy is invisible and can only be seen by the girl who loves him. Also, New York is full of curses! I couldn't put this one, by two beloved Y.A. authors, down.
Icons, by Margaret Stohl. (Little, Brown; May 7). Stohl, co-author of the best-selling Beautiful Creatures saga, has a new series that begins with Icons. Same fast-pace, same romance, new sci-fi setting.
The Kissing Booth, by Beth Reekles. (Delacorte, May 14). Seventeen-year-old Reekles has a three-book deal with Delacorte based on the viral success of this, her first book, which arrives in paperback in May. It's adorable and about first kisses, among other things.
School Spirits, by Rachel Hawkins. (Disney-Hyperion, May 14). This is the first of Hawkins' spinoff series from her bestselling Hex Hall trilogy, and brings more magic, mystery, and romance as 15-year-old Izzy Brannick, from a magical-creature-hunting family, moves to a new town that has some secrets.