It’s shaping up to be an incredible year in 2014 for young adult debut authors. From island adventures, to fighting for your life, to young love, this year is hands down the time to pick up a book. So if you’re looking to add some new selections to your reading list, here are five debut young adult novels to check out this year.
1. Something Real by Heather Demetrios (February 4, 2014)
The book Something Real is definitely something special. If you’re a fan of reality TV, you don’t want to miss this debut novel by Heather Demetrios. The book follows a girl named Bonnie Baker who grew up on television and wants nothing more than to have a normal life. The novel is fun, thought-provoking, and may just make you think differently when enjoying a reality TV show.
2. NIL by Lynne Matson (March 4, 2014)
If you’re a fan of Survivor and the cult-classic Lost, try Nil by Lynne Matson. This adventurous book follows a seventeen-year-old girl named Charley on the mysterious island Nil where you have exactly 365 days to escape or you die. Nil is full of nonstop action from beginning to end, so make sure to have some coffee ready, because once you start this, you won’t want to stop.
3. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (March 18, 2014)
Fans of John Greene’s The Fault Is In Our Stars will love Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy. The book follows sixteen-year-old Alice who is diagnosed with leukemia, a deadly prognosis. Alice spends her final months righting wrongs, but once all her scores are settled, she goes into remission, and is left with a whole new set of consequences. Early readers of the book are giving it rave reviews, warning that “lots of tears” are a side effect of reading this amazing debut.
4. The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel (April 29, 2014)
Would you pay someone to break-up another couple after getting your own heart broken? Enter The Break-Up Artist — a very entertaining and enjoyable debut novel by Philip Siegel. The book follows Becca, a sixteen-year-old girl who witnesses the devastation that love can create, and decides to start a business breaking up couples for a mere $100 on PayPal. The book is funny, heartwarming, and beautifully avoids being cliché — perfect for readers of all ages.
5. The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummins (June 10, 2014)
Hailed as one of the most anticipated books in 2014, The Murder Complex by Lindsey Cummins follows fifteen-year-old Meadow Woodson — a girl who has been trained to fight, kill, and survive in a state controlled by the Murder Complex. Set in the future where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate, the book is full of action, sure to appeal to fans of the television series La Femme Nikita as well as the movie Hanna.