The Best New YA Books of 2022 So Far

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In 2022, the ever-expanding YA genre continues to deliver a fresh selection of reads in every subgenre imaginable. Whether you’re looking for a fantasy series inspired by Persian folklore, a charming LGBTQ+ romantic comedy, or an in-depth exploration of what it’s like to be a young immigrant in the United States, there’s a book on this list for you. As usual, plenty of heavy hitters are releasing new titles this year, including Tahereh Mafi, Emma Lord, Tracy Deonn and Sabaa Tahir, but readers should keep an eye out for buzzy debuts as well.

One of the biggest highlights of 2022 is Casey McQuiston’s debut album, “I Kissed Shara Wheeler.” The fast-paced romantic comedy proves the author can move effortlessly between adult romance and YA without missing a beat. TJ Klune is also returning to the world of YA to wrap up his The Extraordinaries series, and writing staff Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka are releasing both a YA and an adult rom-com this year.

With so many great releases to come, one thing is certain: there’s no way you’ll run out of YA books to add to your TBR in 2022.

— Additional reporting by Alicia Geigel

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