5 Young Adult Books We Can't Wait to Read

As beleaguered assistant Pam tells her boss in the US version of The Office, 'When I feel overwhelmed, something I like to do is make a list.' The joys of list making are many, but their ability to quell anxiety is undoubtedly their best feature. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the amount of quality young adult fiction coming your way in 2015, never fear: we're here to help with a stress-busting list of five books to check out first.

Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud (21 July)
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If you want to know why we're excited about this debut novel, observe the delightfully bold synopsis. 17-year-old Violet has been spending her whole life preparing to pull off a daring heist. Under the guidance of her con man father, she's going to impersonate Erica Silverman, an heiress who was kidnapped at five years old and has never been heard from since. Her father's meticulous plan has an audacious end: he wants to steal the Silverman Painting, a legendary target in the Vegas crime world. We're anticipating a tense and thrilling journey through Sin City, and with only a week or so to wait, we can't wait to see if this one delivers on its promise.

 

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew (27 August)
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The Big Lie is set to be a fascinating read. Set in an imagined present in which Europe is ruled by a fascist regime, the novel features Jessika, a dutiful and obedient girl whose loyalties are challenged when her rebellious best friend begins to question the system they live under. Julie Mayhew's star is on the rise following her widely praised debut Red Ink, and this book promises to pack an equal punch.

 

All of the Above by James Dawson (3 September)
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2014 Queen of Teen winner James Dawson has built a stellar reputation for writing terrifying teen thrillers, but in All of The Above he takes a break from the scary stuff to bring us an adolescent tale of friendship and romance. It's already won praise from esteemed writers such as Patrick Ness and Louise O'Neill, so who are we to disagree? Dawson's ability to create authentic teen voices should carry him through this book about the highs and lows of relationships. Roll on September!

 

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (6 October)
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After More Than This, we've all been eagerly waiting to see what Patrick Ness will do next, and this sounds like another winner. It might be his most intriguing premise yet: it's actually very hard to describe it without mucking it up, but the Waterstones website contains some (mainly) spoiler-free reviews that explain it very effectively. Check out Patrick Ness's Authors Live event for some fascinating discussion around his previous work.

 

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (6 October)
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Carry On introduces us to Simon Snow, the world's most powerful magician, whose final year at the Watford School of Magicks is turning into an ordeal. His girlfriend has broken up with him, his best friend is a pest and his roommate's disappearance is plaguing him with worry. Amid all of this unrest, Simon must also contend with ghosts, vampires and myriad other frightening things. For fans of Rowell's novel Fangirl, in which Simon features, this is definitely one to check out, but even if you haven't read Fangirl this novel is billed as a standalone read and sounds like a lot of fun.

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