Forewords: A Look At Upcoming Contemporary YA Novels

Inspired by yesterday's post from RT's Elissa about the trend she’s seeing in contemporary Young Adult titles, today we’ve picked ten upcoming contemporary reads with intricate titles (and intriguing premises) that have us anxious for their publication!

My Yiddish Vacation, the forthcoming book by actor/ author Ione Skye (best known for her roles in Say Anything and Arrested Development) recounts a weekend that a young girl and her brother spend with their Jewish grandparents. It’s Yiddish galore for this new read that will be illustrated by Scott Menchin. Publication date TBA.

Nicole McInnes’ Brianna on the Brink introduces readers to sixteen-year-old Brianna, who has a one-night stand that turns her into a soon-to-be teen mom. Now she must figure out who to trust when an unlikely ally steps up but can she step away from her fear of the unknown to embrace an uncertain future? Readers will find out in Fall 2013 when the book hits shelves!

A Point So Delicate promises to be heart wrenching. In this tale, debut author Brandy Colbert’s ballerina heroine must face the truth of the role that she had in her friend’s abduction. RT’s Whitney wonders, “Is anyone else hearing echoes of Black Swan?”

Holly Goldberg Sloan’s upcoming novel features an orphaned heroine with an extremely high IQ in 2013's Counting By Sevens. On her quest to figure out the meaning of life in San Joaquin Valley amidst a group of eccentrics, the teen's adventure channels modern cult-classic movies Little Miss Sunshine and The Royal Tenenbaums — and has us more than a little bit intrigued.

Will the heroine of Corey Haydu’s OCD Love Story be able to put aside the compulsions of her disease (that make her stalk the object of her obsession) in order to pursue a relationship with a guy from her group therapy? We can’t wait to find out!

The next novel from Carolita Blythe transports readers back to the 1980s on the mean streets of Brooklyn. Revenge of a Not So Pretty Girl tells the tale of an attempted mugging, a thirteen-year-old girl who is down on her luck and an elderly former starlet who is retreating from reality. The unlikely friendship that blooms between the characters is the focus of this Spring 2013 novel.

New York is also the setting for 2013’s Barbizon, Barbizon by Iva Marie Palmer about four young women who band together to help each other survive and thrive in the Big Apple. But if these young women seem to be young Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda, we’re calling foul!

And to go a little bit farther abroad but to stay within NY state limits, pick up Joanna Philbin’s The Rules of Summer in the summer of 2013. When a seventeen-year-old goes to live with a family in East Hampton for the season, she uncovers more drama and deceit than she ever expected. RT’s Whitney can’t wait to get her hands on this tale that sounds like Gossip Girl meets Revenge, two of her current TV obsessions. 

2013’s My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is also set in a hip locale, a Nantucket-esque island. There, a townie girl is working as a yard boy, trying to make ends meet until she learns that one of her elderly clients is going to re-write her will — if the girl can wrangle a spot on the updated document, she may have scored her ticket to a life bigger and better than she could have ever imagined! 

And finally, there’s this long-titled gem: Death, Dickinson, and the Demented Life of Frenchie Garcia, which is the next novel from Jenny Torres Sanchez. What do you do when your high school crush dies? If your this novel’s heroine, you turn to Emily Dickinson, spend time in your local cemetery and strike up a strange friendship to see if you can make your world make sense again. 

If one of these titles has caught your fancy, let us know in the comments below. And for more soon-to-be-published books you can visit our Upcoming Releases page and check out our Forewords column every Monday for the week’s newest book deals across all the genres!