Books for Teens 2020: Something Old, Something New

Welcome to 2020, the year of retellings!

From Macbeth to You’ve Got Mail and everywhere in between, we’ve got retellings galore! And that’s not all! Check out all of our 2020 books for teens below for your fill of adventure, revenge, and romance.

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Winter 2020:

THE NIGHT COUNTRY: A Hazel Wood Novel by Melissa Albert
9781250246073
Available now from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

The highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling tour de force THE HAZEL WOOD! In THE NIGHT COUNTRY, Alice Proserpine dives back into a menacing, mesmerizing world of dark fairy tales and hidden doors.

“It’s a magnificent creation, laden with wonder and fear impossible to turn away from, that will satisfy fans and grow with readers over time. Literal goose bumps.” —Booklist, starred review

“A must-read for fans of portal fantasies, mysteries, and readers who prefer their magic with bloody sharp edges.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“This follow-up to the astonishing THE HAZEL WOOD displays the same lush prose, dizzying imagination, and macabre sensibilities (along with the grisly body count) . . . A necessary read for Hinterland fans—and who isn’t?”
Kirkus Reviews

JANE ANONYMOUS by Laurie Faria Stolarz
9781250303707
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

Jane was held captive in a room with only a bed, a refrigerator, and an adjoining bathroom for seven months. Now she’s back home and the only thing that makes her feel better is writing about her experience. But will uncovering the truth of what happened break her forever?

“A story about lingering trauma, loss, and the journey toward healing, this gripping crime novel could be a documentary from the Investigation Discovery channel. A must-read.” —School Library Journal

“Stolarz ups the psychological ante . . . the depth of psychological intrigue is absorbing, and the twist on Stockholm syndrome, disturbing . . . this novel is a testament to how the mind can reshape reality in order to survive.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This engrossing confessional is both heartbreaking and hopeful.” —Booklist

TWEET CUTE by Emma Lord
9781250237323
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

From debut author Emma Lord comes a re-imagining of You’ve Got Mail in this heartfelt and hilarious celebration of snarky tweets, first kisses, and an epic social-media battle between straight-A student Pepper and her biggest annoyance, Jack.

“This plugged-in romance will likely be seen as a precursor to the way teen love stories will be told for years to come.” —Booklist

“Readers will fall in love with the main characters, rooting for them to have their meet-cute.” —School Library Journal

“Lord accurately depicts various sides of today’s online culture. Amid all the digital hoopla is an engaging story about family loyalty and pursuing one’s own passions . . . A just-right combination of sweet and cheesy.” —Kirkus Reviews

DIAMOND CITY by Francesca Flores
9781250220448
Available now from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Is courage born or is it bred? In this action-packed young adult fantasy, a teen assassin must overcome poverty, violence, and loss because “good things don’t happen to girls who come from nothing . . . unless they risk everything.”

“Full of action sequences that will compel readers to keep turning pages, this book is ideal for those who enjoy fast-paced stories.” —School Library Journal

“An entertaining and action-driven tale of assassins and magic.”
Kirkus Reviews

CRACKED UP TO BE by Courtney Summers
9781250256973
Available February 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The award-winning debut that started it all—now with a gorgeously updated cover (that happens to coordinate perfectly with SADIE) and a new foreword from the New York Times bestselling author herself!
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FOUL IS FAIR by Hannah Capin
9781250239549
Available February 18, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

FOUL IS FAIR is a bloody, thrilling, fantasy retelling of Macbeth in which four girls seek revenge on the boys who have wronged them. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.

“If you need a story about a teenage girl to be rooted in ethics when boys and men are allowed moral ambiguity in theirs, then this is not the book for you. But for those who, like Jade, have witnessed and experienced violence against women in its many forms, who are tired of taking the high road, who are seeking catharsis, this book may be exactly what is needed. We’ve been hurt enough, it whispers. Your turn.” —Booklist, starred review

“Capin’s twisty, blood-soaked take on Shakespeare’s play is a propulsive, white-hot juggernaut of vengeance that packs a viscerally satisfying punch.”
Publishers Weekly

“Rhythmic, propulsive prose drives this bloody retelling of Macbeth at a relentless pace all the way to its violent end . . . Intense, implausible, and impossible to put down.” —Kirkus Reviews

THE DYSASTERS: The Graphic Novel: Volume 1 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
9781250268778
Available February 25, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In their first graphic novel adaptation, #1 New York Times bestsellers P.C. and Kristin Cast bring us the world of THE DYSASTERS—genetically manipulated teenagers must control their abilities as they learn of their past, how they came to be, who’s following them, and what tomorrow will bring.

ONLY MOSTLY DEVASTATED by Sophie Gonzales
9781250315892
Available March 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA meets Clueless in this boy-meets-boy spin on Grease. Ollie and Will were meant to only be a summer fling, but when they end up attending the same school, will their fling become something more?

“Summer lovin’ gets a Southern twist in this addicting coming-of-age gay romance . . . Poignant, piquant, and not to be missed.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Gonzales turns in a witty, smart, credible, and irreverent contemporary romance that handles all these elements skillfully and with heart . . . The power of this fun Grease retelling is that it normalizes the spectrum of sexual orientations. Recommended for all teens.” —School Library Journal

ANNA K.: A Love Story by Jenny Lee
9781250236432
Available March 3, 2020 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 14 to 18

A deliciously inventive re-imagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, ANNA KARENINA​, set in the elite enclaves of Manhattan and Greenwich—perfect for fans of CRAZY RICH ASIANS and Gossip Girl.

“A slow-burn epic tale of love in modern-day Manhattan high society.”
Kirkus Reviews

JACK KEROUAC IS DEAD TO ME by Gae Polisner
9781250312235
Available April 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

This gentle coming-of-age story takes an unforgettable look at the fragility of female friendship and falling in love through the eyes of a teen girl who’s ready to grow up, but maybe not as ready as she thinks.
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RUTHLESS GODS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195692
Available April 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The thrilling sequel to instant New York Times bestseller, WICKED SAINTS.
Nadya doesn’t trust her magic anymore. Serefin is fighting off a voice in his head that doesn’t belong to him. Malachiasz is at war with who—and what—he’s become.

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan will be available in trade paperback on April 7, 2020.

IT SOUNDED BETTER IN MY HEAD by Nina Kenwood
9781250219268
Available April 7, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

A tender, funny, and compulsively readable love letter to teenage romance in all its awkward glory, perfect for fans of EMERGENCY CONTACT and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE.

TIN HEART by Shivaun Plozza will be available in trade paperback on April 14, 2020.

Spring 2020:

LOBIZONA by Romina Garber
9781250239129
Available May 5, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In LOBIZONA, bestselling author Romina Garber weaves together Argentine folklore and what it means to be illegal in a timely, intimate, and emotionally powerful narrative.
Some people ARE illegal.
Lobizonas do NOT exist.
Both of these statements are false.

SWIMMING LESSONS: Poems by Lili Reinhart
9781250261748
Available May 5, 2020 from St. Martin’s Griffin

SWIMMING LESSONS is the debut collection of poetry from Lili Reinhart, the actress and outspoken advocate for mental health awareness and body positivity. This collection explores the euphoric beginnings of young love, battling anxiety and depression in the face of fame, and the inevitable heartbreak that stems from passion.

FINALE by Stephanie Garber will be available in trade paperback on May 5, 2020.

MORE THAN MAYBE by Erin Hahn
9781250231642
Available May 12, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

In MORE THAN MAYBE, Erin Hahn’s most swoon-worthy book yet, Luke and Vada must decide how deep their feelings run and what it would mean to give love a try.

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn will be available in trade paperback on May 12, 2020.

GIRL, SERPENT, THORN by Melissa Bashardoust
9781250196149
Available May 12, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 and up

She’s poisonous to the touch, but perhaps behind every curse is immense power. Based on Persian mythology, the latest dark fantasy from GIRLS MADE OF SNOW AND GLASS author Melissa Bashardoust asks readers to decide what makes us human…

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo will be available in trade paperback on May 19, 2020.

WHERE DREAMS DESCEND by Janella Angeles
9781250204356
Available June 2, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

A star showgirl must win a magician’s competition riddled with danger in order to secure her freedom, even as a handsome magician distracts her heart, in this lush, unforgettable debut fantasy.

THE MALL by Megan McCafferty
9781250209955
Available June 9, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Welcome to THE MALL, a YA coming of age story from New York Times bestselling author Megan McCafferty, set entirely in a New Jersey mall.
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WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE by Kate McLaughlin
9781250173805
Available June 23, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 and up

Lex was taken—trafficked—and now she’s Poppy. Kept in a hotel with other girls, their old lives are a distant memory. But when she is finally rescued, Poppy doesn’t quite know how to be Lex again. WHAT UNBREAKABLE LOOKS LIKE is a brave, uplifting novel about facing trauma and finding yourself again.

THE LOST CITY: The Omte Origins (from the World of the Trylle) by Amanda Hocking
9781250204264
Available July 7, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18



THE MORNING FLOWER: The Omte Origins (From the World of the Trylle) by Amanda Hocking
9781250204288
Available August 4, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

New York Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking returns to the magical world of the Trylle with THE LOST CITY and THE MORNING FLOWER.

MAYHEM by Estelle Laure
9781250297938
Available July 14, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 13 to 18

A YA feminist mash up inspired by The Lost Boys and The Craft. MAYHEM is a riveting and complex story with magical elements about a family of women contending with what appears to be an irreversible destiny…

COURT OF LIONS: A Mirage Novel by Somaiya Daud
9781250126450
Available August 4, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

COURT OF LIONS is the gorgeous second installment in the Mirage series. Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

MIRAGE by Somaiya Daud will be available in trade paperback on July 7, 2020.

Fall 2020:

FABLE by Adrienne Young
9781250254368
Available September 1, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

Filled with all of the action, emotion, and lyrical writing that brought readers to SKY IN THE DEEP, New York Times bestselling author Adrienne Young returns with a new captivating duology. Welcome to a world made dangerous by the sea and by those who wish to profit from it. Where a young girl must find her place and her family while trying to survive in a world built for men.

THE INSOMNIACS by Marit Weisenberg
9781250257352
Available September 1, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 12 to 18

Rear Window meets THE SUMMER I TURNED PRETTY in this sharp, unsettling, and romantic novel about two suburban teens who can’t sleep uncovering the secrets of their neighborhood.

THE GIRL THE SEA GAVE BACK by Adrienne Young will be available in trade paperback on September 1, 2020.

THE SILVERED SERPENTS by Roshani Chokshi
9781250144577
Available September 22, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

In this dark and glamorous sequel to THE GILDED WOLVES, Séverin and his team members are in the icy heart of Russia where they pursue a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

“Chokshi’s lavish sequel to THE GILDED WOLVES is as stunning as its predecessor. From ice castles, to tragic goddesses, to worldwide hunts, Chokshi takes readers on a whirlwind adventure that will steal their breath.”
Booklist, starred review

“Themes, including visibility, grief, and sacrifice, permeate the story, driving it to breathtaking highs and heartbreaking lows. Lavish and thrilling—a reward for readers who have awaited its release.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

THE GILDED WOLVES by Roshani Chokshi will be available in trade paperback on September 22, 2020.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett will be available in trade paperback on October 6, 2020.

HUSH by Dylan Farrow
9781250235909
Available October 6, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

THE BELLES meets THE HANDMAID’S TALE in this sweeping new fantasy set in a world where those in power have the magic to control—and silence—the truth.

A GOLDEN FURY by Samantha Cohoe
9781250220400
Available October 13, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

In her debut novel, Samantha Cohoe weaves a story of magic and danger, where the streets of Oxford and London come to life, and the curse of the Philosopher’s Stone will haunt you long after the final page.

GOBLIN KING by Kara Barbieri
9781250247605
Available November 3, 2020 from Wednesday Books
Ages 12 to 18

In this stunning sequel to WHITE STAG, Janneke must find how far she’s willing to go to save her world from destruction—even if it means sacrificing everything she’s fought for.

WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri will be available in trade paperback on November 3, 2020.

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean will be available in trade paperback on November 3, 2020.

THE MADNESS BLOOMS by Mackenzi Lee
9781250136169
Available November 24, 2020 from Flatiron Books
Ages 13 to 18

Mackenzi Lee, bestselling author of THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE, takes on Dutch Tulip Fever in THE MADNESS BLOOMS.
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WHEN THEY CALL YOU A TERRORIST: A Story of Black Live Matter and the Power to Change the World by Patrisse Khan Cullors and asha bandele
9781250194985
Available December 29, 2020
Ages 8 to 12

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter movement comes a poetic memoir and reflection on humanity, now adapted for the YA audience with photos and journal entries!

And don’t miss these titles from Entangled: Teen, Page Street Kids, and Wattpad Books!

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT by Isabel Ibañez
9781624148019
Available now from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

KEYSTONE by Katie Delahanty
9781640638242
Available now from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

SHE’S WITH ME by Jessica Cunsolo
9781989365021
Available now from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

BEYOND THE SHADOWED EARTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer
9781624148200
Available now from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

“A solid and enjoyable book.” —Kirkus Reviews

GIVEN by Nandi Taylor
9781989365045
Available now from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

MALICE by Pintip Dunn
9781640634121
Available February 4, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

“Well-drawn characters and playful twists keep this thriller fully charged.” —Kirkus Reviews

NIGHT SPINNER by Addie Thorley
9781624148880
Available February 11, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

THE OPPOSITE OF FALLING APART by Micah Good
9781989365069
Available February 25, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

CONFESSIONS ABOUT COLTON by Olivia Harvard
9781989365106
Available March 3, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

STING by Cindy R. Wilson
9781640638266
Available March 3, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

LAB PARTNERS by Mora Montgomery
9781989365144
Available March 10, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

CROWN OF BONES by A.K. Wilder
9781640634145
Available March 17, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

CRAVE by Tracy Wolff
9781640638952
Available April 7, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

THE LIFE AND MEDIEVAL TIMES OF KIT SWEETLY by Jamie Pacton
9781624149528
Available May 5, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

“A rousing, funny, feminist workplace romp that also takes a frank look at modern poverty.” —Kirkus Reviews

STORYBOUND by Emily McKay
9781640636569
Available May 5, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

THE INVINCIBLE SUMMER OF JUNIPER JONES by Daven McQueen
9781989365168
Available May 5, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

THE HENNA WARS by Adiba Jaigirdar
9781624149689
Available May 12, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

NIGHT OWLS AND SUMMER SKIES by Rebecca Sullivan
9781989365250
Available May 12, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

THE BONE THIEF by Breeana Shields
9781624149306
Available May 26, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

THE SUMMER I DROWNED by Taylor Hale
9781989365182
Available May 26, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 14 and up

FRACTURES by Alice Reed
9781640639003
Available June 2, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

FOREST OF SOULS by Lori Lee
9781624149245
Available June 23, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

THE AFTERLIFE OF THE PARTY by Marlene Perez
9781640639027
Available July 7, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 and up

ENTWINED by A.J. Rosen
9781989365120
Available July 28, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

WHISTLEBLOWER by Kate Marchant
9781989365083
Available August 11, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 14 and up

ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Rachel Meinke
9781989365458
Available August 18, 2020 from Wattpad Books
Ages 12 and up

ESCAPING ELEVEN by Jerri Chisholm
9781682815014
Available September 1, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 to 18

NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY by Sonia Hartl
9781645670544
Available September 1, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

DATING MAKES PERFECT by Pintip Dunn
9781682814970
Available September 1, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 to 18

FAR FROM NORMAL by Becky Wallace
9781645670568
Available September 22, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

DISCONNECT by Katie Delahanty
9781682815038
Available October 6, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 to 18

BLAZEWRATH by Amparo Ortiz
9781645670797
Available October 6, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

THE PUPPETMASTER’S APPRENTICE by Lisa DeSelm
9781645670803
Available October 13, 2020 from Page Street Kids
Ages 14 and up

SEND ME THEIR SOULS by Sara Wolf
9781682815076
Available November 3, 2020 from Entangled Teen
Ages 14 to 18

A MIRACLE OF ROSES by Diana Pinguicha
9781682815090
Available December 1, 2020 from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 to 18

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