Top 10 Most Anticipated Debuts of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature from The Broke and the Bookish.

The topic this week is debuts! Looking at the past two years’ lists, I’ve actually read about half of the books I was anticipating.  So, at this point in time these books look like a match for me anyway! I also made a list of the diverse titles I can’t wait to read, and to avoid overlap they are not listed here.

These are my top ten most anticipated debuts of 2015:

1. Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen – June 2, Philomel. This verse novel is about a girl who finds out her father is gay and battling HIV.

2. Not After Everything by Michelle Levy – August 4, Dial. Two broken teens support each other through difficult times.

3. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne – March 17, Dial. A parentless girl finds out she has a father, and he’s a presidential candidate.

4. Mosquitoland by David Arnold – March 3, Viking. A quirky road trip novel about a girl’s long journey to visit her ill mother.

5. When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez – Feb. 10, Bloomsbury. Two girls dealing with depression bond in English class over Emily Dickinson.

6. We all Looked Up by Tommy Wallach – March 31, Simon & Schuster. Four seniors rethink their life plans when they find an asteroid is headed toward Earth.

7. Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – May 19, Greenwillow. Alex has schizophrenia and spends her time trying to figure out what’s real and what’s not. She wants to go to college, but is surprised by how well it’s going (or is it?)

8. 5 to 1 by Holly Bodger  – May 12, Knopf. A dystopia set in 2054 India, about gender imbalance when there are five boys to every girl. It’s told half in verse and prose.

9. Unspeakable by Abbie Rushton – Feb. 5, Atom. Megan hasn’t spoken for months due to things haunting her that she just can’t talk about. When she meets Jasmine, she begins to hope she’ll find her voice again.

10. Even When You Lie to Me by Jessica Alcott – June 9, Crown. Charlie, a high school senior, falls for her teacher and the feeling may be mutual.

Your turn…. I’d love to know the debuts you’re excited for this year!


15 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Anticipated Debuts of 2015

  1. Made You Up looks really interesting.

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  2. Kim says:

    Checking out The Wrong Side of Right now because the title is amazing! Thanks for sharing these! 🙂
    Top Ten Tuesday

  3. We share quite a few books this week! I have added When Reasons Breaks to my TBR. It sounds interesting!

    Chrissi Reads recently posted: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015
  4. I’m so excited for loads of these as well! Skyscraping sounds really really good, although I’m so terrible at reading blurbs I only just noticed from your brief summary that it’s a verse novel!! OOOH. I’m kind of ambivalent about those… I’ve never really read one that I thought was absolutely amazing. Still, the story sounds quite original and different!

    I really love the premise of 5 to 1, but from all the reviews so far it looks like it’s maybe too short? I hate it when books are under-developed. Like, the premise sounds amazing! I would love for it to be a kind of epic sprawling novel, because with that premise it totally could be. But sadly it sounds just the opposite. But still, that cover is so cool and I’m probably still going to give the book a chance.

    Really excited for Unspeakable as well! I have an eARC but I still haven’t got round to reading it… I really must do it soon!

    Cynthia @ Afterwritten recently posted: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015
    1. Lucy says:

      What verse novels have you read so far? I’ve been lucky with the format so far, and hope Skyscraping is successful with it.

      Interesting about the feedback about 5 to 1. I agree that the cover is very striking and cool.

      Ooh I’m envious of your ARC of Unspeakable! Hope you love it 🙂

  5. Leslie Ann says:

    I am really ambivalent about Skyscraping. I want to like it, but there just seems like there’s something very… ’80s problem novel about the plot from the description, you know? I’d much rather read a book about a character with two happily married gay dads, and I’m a little tired of the “queer narrative from the perspective of a straight bystander,” especially when someone coming out causes them a lot of ANGST and FEELINGS. (Luna, anyone?)

    but I am super curious about Made You Up. I missed that one in my list and I’m really curious about whether or not Miles is real, or if the protagonist is an unreliable narrator.

    Leslie Ann recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2015 Debuts
    1. Lucy says:

      I get what you mean about Skyscraping, and not needing another 80s problem novel. Though I think this book is somewhat based on the author’s own life experiences so I’m curious to see where she takes it. I do want to see less “coming out” stories in general.

      And yes, I do see shades of unreliable narrator in Made You Up!

  6. Kim Barker says:

    I just requested When Reason Breaks from NetGalley. I’m looking forward to reading it. The others on your list look interesting also 🙂

  7. Dahlia Adler says:

    Yessss first post on which I’ve seen UNSPEAKABLE, and I’m definitely dying for it! Also *very* excited for THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT – I’ve heard really great things – and EVEN WHEN YOU LIE TO ME. And I can already tell you MOSQUITOLAND and MADE YOU UP are fabulous!

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    1. Lucy says:

      Glad to hear the good word about Mosquitoland and Made You Up! So many good debuts to look forward to!

  8. Lori says:

    I almost put Not After Everything on my list. It sounds so good. I’m also anxious for Mosquitoland and We All Looked Up.

  9. I’m interested in The Right Side of Wrong, too. It definitely have an interesting concept.

    Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook recently posted: Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015
  10. I didn’t realise that 5:1 was told half in prose, half in verse. That makes me even more anxious to get a hold of it- it looks so different! The Wrong Side of Right is getting a lot of hype as well… Is there any one book on your list that stands out as number 1 for you?

    Danielle @ Bending Over Bookwards recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Reading Resolutions/ Top Ten Debuts in 2015
    1. Lucy says:

      5:1 does sound unique, doesn’t it? I don’t read a lot of dystopia but can’t pass this one up.

      I don’t know if I can pick just one top book, but I’m most eager to read Unspeakable, Mosquitoland, and Not After Everything.

  11. OOH! Some of these look really good! You always add to my towering pile of TBR! 😉 Happy New Year!

    Debbi Michiko Florence recently posted: 2014 Reading List

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