21 upcoming YA book releases we can’t wait to read in 2021

Red Tigress by Amelie Wen Zhao. Image courtesy Penguin Random House
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Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher. Image courtesy St. Martin’s Publishing Group /

Amelia Unabridged – Ashley Schumacher

Ashley Schumacher’s Amelia Unabridged is an exciting YA debut about grief, loss and the magic power of storytelling. (It also sports one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen this year. So pretty!)

After a tragic accident claims the life of her best friend, Amelia Griffin is lost, unsure if she can follow the life plan they had plotted together. But when she’s sent a mysterious and rare edition of her favorite book, the book that brought her and Jenna together in the first place, Amelia decides it must be a sign.

Tracking this to a mysterious, possibly magical bookstore in Michigan, Amelia comes face to face with the elusive (and surprisingly handsome) author of her beloved Orman Chronicles, N.E. Endsley. This is a story about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.

The official synopsis describes the story in more detail.

"Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college. In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future. When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along."

Amelia Unabridged is available on February 16.