UKYA Books On My Radar

I thought it would be fun, since I’m leaving for London this week, to let you know which UK young adult books are on my radar and that are on my list of potential books to pick up while I’m perusing some bookstores in London because really that’s always the plan when traveling — to which Will is like “but why? We have bookstores at home?” Oh sweet husband. To which I’m like, “well why do we have to go to a sporting event that we can watch here?” To which he said…touche. SEE…it’s so easy for me to reason with him to see my bookworm tendencies when I explain them in sports terms — basic marriage to a non-book worm negotiating.

Anyways, here are some of the UKYA books on my TBR list that I’ll be looking out for on my trip that are either hard to find here in the US or not published here yet! You’ll have to let me know which ones you think I should get — especially if you’ve read any! I’m always too cheap to pay international shipping so I’m hoping to at least snag one or two of them!



Lobsters / My Totally Awkward Love story


1. Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison: This one actually is going to be published as A Totally Awkward Love Story here in the US this May! Looks like a cute summer read about “finding the one”. The synopsis details that the main characters “ must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness.”

lorali laura dockrill


2. Lorali by Laura Dockrill: MERMAIDS!! A princess mermaid who has rejected mermaid life and wants to be a human and is found by a human boy!


Counting Stairs Keris Stainton


3. Counting Stars by Keris Stainton: I love stories about people who are moving on their own for the first time and this one is about a girl who moves to the city after school with the promise of a new & awesome job and six great flatmates. But not everything is totally as she hoped. So she starts a blog to talk about all her adventures and stuff with her friends but spills a secret with major consequences.


Crown Moon Anna McKerrow

4. Crow Moon by Anna McKerrow: This one looks like an awesome fantasy with an interesting alternate Britain worlds. I saw a UK blogger I follow on Twitter raving about it so I had to look more into it and it sounds really interesting.


13 minues sarah pinborough
5.Β  13 Minutes by Sarah Pinborough: This one looks like a gripping thriller about a girl whose friends may or may not have tried to kill her.


The Next Together Lauren James

6.Β  The Next Together by Lauren James: TIME TRAVEL!! I’m just going to leave the official synopsis because that was all I needed to read to want it: Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love, only to be tragically separated.Β  Spanning the Crimean War, the Siege of Carlisle and the near-future of 2019 and 2039 they find themselves sacrificing their lives to save the world. But why do they keep coming back? What else must they achieve before they can be left to live and love in peace?


Remix Non Pratt


7. Remix by Non Pratt: A book set at a music festival! YEP. So there for that. This one is actually being published here in July 2016.


All of the Above


8. All of the Above by James Dawson: This looks like a cute and fun contemporary about a girl trying to navigate her new school and the regular pressures of high school and is befriended by a girl named Polly who takes her under her wing and brings her into her group of friends in the ~alternative~ crowd where she meets the lead singer of a local band who she totally falls for.


Radio Silence Alice Oseman


9. Radio Silence by Alice Oseman: It’s about a girl who acts one way at school but can’t reconcile who she really is what that version of her until she meets the creator of one of her favorite podcasts and a friendship quickly forms and he helps her start to do that. Then the podcast goes viral and some sort of trust issue goes down between them. Also seems like they both have some heavy stuff they are dealing with. It soooo sounds like a *me* book!


Let’s talk


Tell me if there are any other UKYA books that should be on my radar! OR, since we all love a good book cover, are there any books whose UK cover is infinitely better and you would totally grab if you were in the UK?? I have a couple of those…for example one is Landline by Rainbow Rowell. Love the US cover but gahhh that UK cover.

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Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Hi Jamie, THE NEXT FOREVER is actually coming to the USA by Sky Pony Press. I think 2016 or 2017 date? But yeah you won’t have to order that one from the UK πŸ™‚ all of these sound ggggreat thanks for sharing!

  2. I’ve only read Radio Silence out of all of these! But it is SO WORTH IT. I loved it. The others… Have to go on my TBR too. Enjoy London!

  3. whelp i just added all of these to my list so thanks for that.
    my husband gets cranky when i look at bookstores when we travel so i am SO going to use that sports game reason. you rock.

  4. The cover for that Sarah Pinborough book is gorgeous! I love getting different covers for my favourite books when I’m abroad πŸ™‚

  5. Elizabeth Pedraja says:

    Oh hey, I am headed to London this week too! Maybe I will run into you at the british library

  6. Ack! More books I had to add to my to-buy shelf! Thanks a lot Jamie. πŸ˜‰ These all look so good though.

    (Also, the link for 13 Minutes is going to All of the Above, fyi.)

  7. A few of these are on my TBR and I’ve heard good things about Radio Silence. I personally recommend The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell! It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking, honest book and one that hasn’t received enough attention, unfortunately. Yes, the US cover is gorgeous, but I’ve heard they changed things (not sure what bc I read the UK version) and people don’t seem to be digging it. So I’d recommend buying that over there, if you take on my rec, which I hope you do, no pressure πŸ˜‰ Have a lovely trip!!!

  8. The Next Together has been on my list for ages. I hope you get it. And I hope you have an AMAZING trip, I can’t wait to see all the photos!!! =)

  9. Ahh these all look so amazing! I want to read them all! Out of all of these I’ve read Radio Silence which I absolutely loved. One of my top reads this year! πŸ˜€ Enjoy London! x

  10. YES to 13 Minutes and All of the Above!! They both sound great and I’m definitely going to put them on my TBR for when they get published hereπŸ˜ƒ Have an awesome, life-changing trip!!!

  11. The Next Together sounds AWESOME. I love time-travel books so I hope that one will be released in the US soon! As far as liking UK covers better than US ones, the only book I can think of right now is The Falconer by Elizabeth May. The US cover is fine, but the UK one looks so much more badass.

    Also, I went back and read your post about being married to a non-reader, and OMG, I CAN RELATE. My fiance is a non-reader (in fact, he sounds a lot like your husband) and that negotiating thing you mentioned is totally spot-on. Hope you get to go in lots of new bookstores and pick up some great books!

  12. Maybe its more NA than YA but if you’re going to London you definitely need to pick up Somewhere Only We Know by Erin Lawless. I’ve got a massive thing for London books, but that’s my all-time favourite πŸ™‚
    Enjoy the trip!

  13. I really enjoyed The Next Together!!