It’s that most wondrous time of the year again – Most Anticipated Books list time!
Here in Melbourne we just had the Centre for Youth Literature’s annual (and always sold-out) ‘YA Showcase’ – where publishers stand up in front of a crowd of hundreds and give us all a teaser of what we’ll be reading next year … you can check out the Storify of that event, or watch the Slideshow.
So below is my attempt to corral my already unwieldy wish-list of books coming out in 2017. But this list is nowhere near definitive or complete – there were some books at the YA Showcase that I am extraordinarily excited for, but they don’t appear down below because they don’t have book covers yet, or release dates or even 100% official blurbs…
Some of those elusive TBD books are;
- Untidy Towns – the YA debut from “talent-to-watch” Kate O’Donnell (coming out with UQP) I've known for a while now that Kate was a writer, as well as amazing bookseller and freelance editor ... she seriously, seriously knows her YA stuff - so I'm beyond excited to read her knowledge funnelled into this debut!
- Take Three Girls is the PanMacmillan YA collaboration between Aussie YA superstars Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell, and Fiona Wood. The trio actually all read brief excerpts from each of their story-parts and it was INCREDIBLE. Some of us have known this book has been coming for a while now, and are salivating for this one --- but if you’d like even more of a teaser and understanding of just how well these three bounce off each other; listen to their appearance on the fabulous podcast Unladylike!
- Erin Gough (she of The Flywheel fame!) has her second book coming out in late 2017 with Hardie Grant. Amelia Westlake was described as being about a feminist rebellion against private school boys, when the two female instigators of the rebel alliance fall for each other ... YES!
- Separate to the YA Showcase - I am also ridiculously excited for Sally Thorne's second book ... I don't know if you realised, but I was pretty gosh darn obsessed with her romance debut The Hating Game this year (I've only re-read it X3 times since August!) - she has a book coming out Summer 2017 called The Comfort Zone ... and I'm willing to give up a kidney for an ARC of that one. Mmkay?!
Now - without further ado, - to the best of my ability for accuracy (and with profuse apologies for any titles I’ve completely overlooked!) - here is my Most Anticipated Books of 2017 list …
Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian
This is the2016 Text Prize winner, so of course it's on my list! But what's really sealed its placement on here is Claire herself, who I now follow on Instagram and she's such a lovely bubble of positivity who really gives a shit about teenagers (see this video!) I'm excited to see what she brings to Aussie YA.