2022 diverse YA debuts to anticipate | follow a part of these authors’ journey and die a little every day you have to live without their books!

Okay, I know what you’re thinking: 2022 is still pretty far away, why would you make this post already? And I’d say: HA! Finally a question I can actually answer…But okay! Some of the books I’ve put on this list don’t come out for over a year. (Which is torture, might I add.) However, these are all books by YA debut authors which means…if you’re early, you can kinda follow a part of their journey through social media. And I think that’s pretty cool!

So, as the hero I am, I decided I should compile a list with ten (I wish I could highlight more of them, but perhaps in a part two?) 2022 YA debut authors so you can, well, follow them! And maybe so I can drag you along in the pain I’m feeling because I can’t read these yet…Anyway: let’s take a walk, shall we?

The Whispering DarkThe Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew

every time i think about this book i just cry. kelly andrew has my heart and i am determined to become the number 1 the whispering dark stan.

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Kelly is the entire reason behind me making this post because I’m still not done screaming: THE WHISPERING DARK IS GETTING PUBLISHED!! When this was announced I actually cried…I was just so happy because 1) I will be able to hold it in my hands!! 2) I’ve been following Kelly ever since I started blogging so I’ve seen quite a bit of what she’s been up to and 3) I adore her so much.


As Long as the Lemon Trees GrowAs Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh

“will break and heal you” alright, i’ve heard enough. *sells soul in hopes of reading this book*

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No matter where this story might go, one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be ground-breaking…and it will probably make me cry. A lot. Plus, the author is an icon and I stan that!! Either way, Zoulfa is already a big inspiration to me and I’d sacrifice a whole lot to get my hands on this book.


Fall Winter Spring Summer (Fall Winter Spring Summer, #1)Fall Winter Spring Summer by Maya Prasad

“Four sisters, four seasons…and plenty of breathtaking kisses in the Northwest drizzle.” listen, i am weak. i was honestly already sold at “four sisters” but now i am desperate.

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There’s just something about coming of age stories through the eyes of different people who are in the same environment. I don’t know why, but I’m a big sucker for those stories and Maya seems to NAIL this! I can’t wait to follow more of her journey (and buy her book as soon as I can)!


How to Excavate a HeartHow to Excavate a Heart by Jake Maia Arlow

my brain is completely empty (nothing but yearning for this book right now) but at least my eyes are full. yes. yes i’m crying over a book that’s coming out in 2022 again. i call that jake maia arlow’s power!!
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Not to be a desperate sapphic on main but Jake Maia Arlow already had some kind of power over me after I read this being pitched as: “Like a Hallmark Christmas movie—if a Hallmark Christmas movie ever starred sexually frustrated lesbian Jews.” EXCUSE ME? I am now a full-time Jake stan, spread the word.


The Lesbiana's Guide to Catholic SchoolThe Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes

how am i gonna try to express my excitement for this one when i know a keyboard smash can’t possibly fathom it??? i mean like: GAY DISASTER CHILD Y’ALL?!?! there are no words, only me yearning for this book like a true sapphic.
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It’s the title for me. No actually: it’s the title, synopsis, art I’ve seen, and author for me. Also, when an author says the wonderful words “gay disaster”, you can’t expect me NOT to scream. I can’t even express how much I need this.


The Ones We BurnThe Ones We Burn by Rebecca Mix
no i am not dramatic, i just adore rebecca mix to a very natural extension. i mean, when she’s giving us a book where the main character falls for the sister of her betrothed whom she is planning to kill, the least i could do is offer her my soul—

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I don’t think anyone realises the pain I feel each morning when I wake up and realise it is in fact not fall 2022 yet. Rebecca Mix will be the end of me, y’all…


Portrait of a ThiefPortrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

just had a mental breakdown because i want this book so bad. that’s honestly pathetic but what do you expect when THIS BOOK EXISTS??

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Edit: this book is not YA but adult fiction! The more Grace spills about this book, the more I start to think I might not be, I don’t know, completely mentally stable…This book is both my only source of serotonin and the reason I cry myself to sleep (I am joking and being my dramatic self, don’t worry).


One for AllOne for All by Lillie Lainoff

i would like to request one (1) day of peace. you can’t just introduce me to a gender-bent retelling of The Three Musketeers with a main character with a chronic illness + elements like a strong sisterhood and then tell me i will have to wait SEVERAL MONTHS to read it.

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March 8th is my favourite day of 2022. That’s it. That’s all there is to say. And don’t you dare argue with me…


The Bone Spindle (The Bone Spindle, #1)The Bone Spindle by Leslie Vedder

*googles how many days there are left until january 11th, 2022*

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It’s illegal to make a book sound this good. With every sentence of the synopsis I read, I gasped a little louder because, seriously, this book sounds perfect. I don’t even know what you expect me to say or do at this point except for scream…which is actually exactly what I’m gonna do! AHHHHHHH!!!


You Truly AssumedYou Truly Assumed by Laila Sabreen

we love us some queens fighting injustice!!

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No because a Muslim teenager starting a blog as an outlet only for it to go viral and other Muslim teenagers finding a community there and then they go fight Islamophobia together sounds…that sounds…wow. The synopsis says this is though-provoking and I can honestly imagine! This sounds so important and I have this very strong gut feeling that I’ll ADORE this one!

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