Happy 2017, everybody! This year is bound to be filled with fun, surprises, and even a little romance…said every New Year’s inspo post ever.
Corny as it sounds, New Year’s really is a great time to make a fresh start, no matter what area of your life you wish to improve upon. It’s just that, well, sometimes you need a little extra push. Who wants to work harder, lose weight, or do well in school after a whole season of taking it easy, eating delicious treats, and having a beautifully mind-numbing holiday?
Luckily, 2017 is also bringing us a whole slew of juicy, page-turning young adult novels whose universal truths and themes will inspire all of use to get off our lazy bums and make something of this year! If these new-to-the-literary-scene protagonists can do it, so can you!
Want to Work on Your Skills? Read And We’re Off
By: Dana Schwartz (Released May 2)
And We’re Off by Dana Schwartz (Pre-Order on Amazon)
Nora is a born-and-bred painter, having inherited the talent from her beloved grandfather. Said grandfather turns out to be even more awesome than he sounds when he gifts Nora with an all-expenses-paid European vacation. The only catch: she must create an original piece of art in every place she visits. Easy, right? We shall see!
Many of you, like Nora, are artists, or writers, like myself, or athletes, chefs, musicians, what have you. Having inherent skill is no small thing, but what matters most is honing that talent, and there’s no better time to start than in the new year. Get out your paintbrushes, pens, basketballs, whisks, or violins, and let’s do this.
Want to Have an Adventure? Read Whenever I’m With You
By: Lydia Sharp (Released January 3)
Whenever I’m With You by Lydia Sharp (Pre-Order on Amazon)
After moving to Alaska with her now-divorced dad, Gabi meets Kai, and the two hit it off. Just as quickly, though, Kai disappears. So, Gabi teams up with Kai’s twin Hunter for a trek into the freezing, rugged wilderness of Anchorage. Hmm, a young girl’s journey into the unforgiving cold in order to find one of her loved ones…sounds a bit like Frozen, doesn’t it?
While you may not end up searching for your lost boyfriend across wild Alaska, having new adventures is a great experience to look forward to in 2017. Whether it’s traveling to a new destination, starting at a new school, or meeting new people, being adventurous is something you can do every day of the new year.
Want to Find Love? Read Always and Forever, Lara Jean
By: Jenny Han (Released April 4)
Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han (Pre-Order on Amazon)
In the third book in Jenny Han’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series, lovable, letter-writing Lara Jean is excited about her father’s upcoming wedding and completely in love with her boyfriend, Peter. But college is on the horizon, as are many other changes; what will they bring for Lara Jean and her relationship?
This series reads a bit like if Bridget Jones was a teenager: a quirky, smart heroine makes awkward mistakes in the name of love. They’re all completely charming, as is the idea of love itself. Romance can be tricky, though, so if you have your heart set on finding love this 2017, bring Lara Jean along for the ride, because for every faux pas you make, she’s been there, done that.
Want to Appreciate Your Family? Read One Dark Throne
By: Kendare Blake (Released September 20)
In the much-anticipated sequel to the fantasy hit Three Dark Crowns, royal triplets Mirabella, Katherine, and Arsinoe are once again forced to compete against each other for their kingdom’s throne – and by “compete against each other,” I mean “murder each other.” Yikes! And you thought The Hunger Games was brutal.
Family relationships aren’t always easy, but they’re bonds that can’t be undone by the harshest of forces. Mirabella, Katherine, and Arsinoe obviously don’t get along 24/7, and I bet you sometimes feel like you could kill your siblings (though you never actually would). That’s why, in 2017, try to remember that at least you aren’t being pitted against each other for the title of queen.
Want to Take More Risks? Read The Upside of Unrequited
By: Becky Albertalli (Released April 11)
The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli (Pre-Order on Amazon)
Cassie knows a lot about love, while her twin, Molly, knows a lot about unrequited love. While Cassie pines after a cute new girl, Molly is stuck choosing between her sister’s new guy friend, a cute hipster, and Reid, her coworker, a nerdy lover of all things Tolkein and Ren faires. All the while, she struggles with her own social awkwardness and inability to get that coveted first kiss.
Protagonists like Molly are easy to relate to because of their realness – can’t we all be a little socially awkward? Still, it’s easy to use that insecurity as an excuse to miss out on life, when at the same time you could be finding love, like Molly, or landing your dream internship, or meeting the coolest new friends. Being strange is nothing to be ashamed of, but don’t ever let it get in your way, especially not during this brand new year.
What do you think?
Which of these fab new books on the list looks like it will be your new favorite? Are there any new releases that I missed? And what really is your New Year’s resolution? Leave a comment below, and don’t you dare forget to share!
Happy New Year’s once again! This one is going to be awesome.