Inspirational YA Books for Teens to Start the New Year

New year, same (but better) you! With 2020 behind us, it’s time to start looking forward. A new year offers the chance to set goals and become the best version of yourself that you can. With the help of a few inspirational YA books, you’ll be well on your way to having your best year yet.

Need book recs? We’ve got you covered! Here’s what we’re reading to get 2021 off to a great start.

American Betiya

American Betiya

By Anuradha D. Rajurkar

On Sale 03.09.21

If one of your goals for the new year is to set boundaries with your family, friends, or anyone else, this is a great book to read. It’s about Rani, an Indian American girl who falls in love for the first time and must decide how much of herself she is willing to give up. With conflicting pressures from her family and her boyfriend, it’s time for Rani to decide what matters most to her.

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)

The Beautiful Struggle (Adapted for Young Adults)

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

This poetic memoir about a boy becoming a man will inspire you to work hard for your dreams. Ta-Nehisi’s father was a Vietnam veteran, a Black Panther, and a publisher and librarian. In this book, Ta-Nehisi recounts the lessons he received from his father, his mother, and their community, and relates his memories of Baltimore during a turbulent time. This book is just what you need on your TBR right now.

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town

By Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

On Sale 04.20.21

If you’ve ever wondered how much your choices affect the world, grab a copy of this book. In sleepy little towns all across the American West and Alaska, the lives of teenagers are woven together in an intricate tapestry. This collection of stories will inspire you to make this year the best one yet.

Home Is Not a Country

Home Is Not a Country

By Safia Elhillo

On Sale 03.02.21

This is a great year to dive into some #ownvoices books. Nima is a Sudanese American Muslim girl who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. When her world falls apart, she discovers strength and hope in places she least expected.

It's All Love

It's All Love

By Jenna Ortega

Award-winning actress Jenna Ortega shares her insights into life, love, and faith in this inspiring book, which details her struggles, heartaches, and hopes for the future. Most of all, she lets you know that you’re not alone, no matter what you’re going through. It’s the perfect book to start the new year!

Let's Talk About It

Let's Talk About It

By Matthew Nolan

On Sale 03.09.21

This guide to growing up is an all-around great book to have. Whenever you need advice on sex, relationships, family, or feelings, you’ll find answers here. From body image to friendships, this graphic novel has your back.

Like Home

Like Home

By Louisa Onome

On Sale 02.23.21

If your New Year’s resolution is about changing the world, or at least a piece of it, Like Home needs to be on your TBR. It’s about a girl who fights to save her neighborhood from the scrutiny of the national media and people who want to “fix” it. This inspiring novel will get you ready to take on the world.

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