Top 10 Most Anticipated Debuts of 2016

2016 debuts

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

It’s the time of year for best-of lists and for planning next year’s reading. This week is all about debuts! This is the first chance I’ve had to take a look at the 2016 debut lists. I didn’t do that great with reading the debuts on last year’s list (though the year’s not over!) Hopefully I’ll do better with these titles!

These are my YA Contemporary top ten most anticipated debuts of 2016:

The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani & Mindi Scott – May 3, Katherine Tegen Books. In this road trip novel, two friends try to find the recipients of their late-best-friend’s organs.

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Flynn – March 22, Margaret K. McElderry Books. A teen struggles to recover after an assault. The story is told in four parts – one for each year of high school.

Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider – May 3, Disney-Hyperion. Sloane is spending the summer in Honolulu in the hopes of getting over a betrayal. Can she find love again?


The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker – March 1, Simon Pulse. This debut is about a girl in an abusive relationship, who tries to take back control of her life.

The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright – January 18, Merit Press. I loved The Royal We so I’m looking forward to more royal romances.

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – May 3, Flatiron Books. This book is about a transgender girl named Amanda starting at a new school. She worries her past life (living as Andrew) will get out. Love that this is a transgender story by a transgender author with a transgender cover model <3


Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn – January 5, St. Martin’s Griffin. This kind of sounds like Easy A, and is about a girl who coaches guys through their first times so they can give their girlfriends a perfect first time.

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer – March 8, Delacorte Press. Nicola believes Kurt Cobain might be alive and may even be her father.

Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia – May 10, Katherine Tegen Books. This 24-hour-romance is about a girl’s trip to New Orleans where she goes to rebuild houses and finds love and a hurricane.

Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira – January 13, Spencer Hill Contemporary. A bookish girl tries to follow the rules of her favorite YA novels to get the guy in real life.

Your turn…. I’d love to know the debuts you’re excited for! Do we have any titles in common?

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14 thoughts on “Top 10 Most Anticipated Debuts of 2016

  1. Danni Mae says:

    If I’d visited blogs beforehand, Firsts and Bookishly Ever After would have completely made my list! One sounds so interesting and the other sounds so cute.

  2. Nessa Luna says:

    I honestly haven’t heard of any of these, but Save Me, Kurt Cobain sounds really interesting, so I’m going to check that one out! ^^

    Nessa Luna recently posted: Top Ten 2016 Releases I Look Forward To
  3. They all look good but The Way I Used to Be stands out to me.

    bermudaonion (Kathy) recently posted: Review: Miss Julia to the Rescue
  4. giovanna says:

    These books sound great! My TBR pile is getting bigger and BIGGER!
    Awesome Top Ten!
    My Top Ten Tuesday. 🙂

  5. This is such an amazing list! I want to read ALL of the books on here. And now I’m going to add the ones I didn’t have on my TBR, yet. Thank you for that! 😀

    Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books recently posted: Top Ten Tuesday (33) : Top Ten 2016 Novels I Am Looking Forward To
  6. Carrie says:

    I’m looking forward to The Heir and the Spare too but totally forgot to include it on my list!

  7. Marian says:

    I ADORE royal romances, so thank for bringing The Heir and A Spare to my attention! Sounds good.

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  8. Sarah says:

    I’m very curious about Bookishly Ever After, it’s such a pretty cover and the blurb sounds fab.

  9. Danya says:

    Bookishly Ever After looks like a really cute read… although I’m not sure following the rules of YA novels is necessarily the best idea, lol. I suspect the protagonist will find that out!

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  10. Whitney says:

    I’ve never heard of the majority of these books, but If I was Your Girl sounds absolutely amazing!

  11. Lucy says:

    Loving the contemporary theme of this list! Summer of Sloane and Bookishly Ever After both look great. I was put off Firsts by the cover (wearing shoes in bed! Argh!) but from the description it sounds quite fun. Hope you get chance to read most of these 🙂

  12. Emma says:

    Oooh, I haven’t come across these books- I’ll have to check them out 🙂 Thank you for sharing these!

    Here’s my TTT @ Emma’s Bookery if you would like to check it out 🙂 Have a great day 🙂

  13. kay says:

    Oh, a lot of these look good and I didn’t know about most of these. The Heir and the Spare especially caught my eye (and you reminded me that I really have to listen to the Royal We soon!)

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