My Favorite Debut Books

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing day. Today I want to talk about debut books. It always amazes me when I read a phenomenal book and find out that it is an author’s debut work. I thought that it would be fun to share a few of those that really stand out to me!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang wrote the first draft of this book when she was 19. That is 2 years younger than I am, and I have never even completed a manuscript. This book is packed with so much history and culture, but told in an interesting and entertaining way. I was so invested in the story, and that is all due to R.F. Kuang’s writing style. I absolutely can not wait to get to the rest of the trilogy! If you have read or are planning to read this, I also highly recommend checking out Tiffany’s blog post that details the history that this book is based on because she did an excellent job breaking everything down.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This book blew me away. It was written so well, and it told such a unique story. It was definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and it sticks in my mind for that reason. It has been raved about by many people over the last few months, so I’m sure you’ve already heard how amazing it is. If you haven’t yet read it, you need to!

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2020. I have been raving about it for months now, and it is honestly one of my favorite YA novels ever. I actually read it during a time when I thought I was no longer interested in YA books, but this one proved me wrong. Even if I don’t relate to YA the same way I used to, this book reminded me that the genre has so much to offer and I am not done with it yet (and I probably never will be)!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This book is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. I don’t even have the words to describe the writing, other than saying that it was beautiful. I don’t know why, but I love sad books, and this one really brought it all. I truly hope that one day my writing can parallel Kate Russell’s in some way because I loved everything about it.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is one of the cutest books ever. It was fun and entertaining, but it also had great characters and good writing. I wrote a review for this book back in January, which you can check out if you want to know more about my thoughts. I have an ARC of Emma Lord’s next release, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you all!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Rory Power is one of my all-time favorite authors, and it is all because of this book. Her writing and storytelling is UNMATCHED. I admire her so much as an author, and I am in awe of everything she does. I definitely want to read more dark YA books because I haven’t picked up that many. This one made me much more interested in the genre.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

As a huge poetry fan, reading a book in verse was so intriguing to me. I’ve read a couple of others before this one, but The Poet X was the first one that I really loved. There was so much packed into this story, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Of course, this book needs to be put on this list. When I read Angie’s first novel, I was completely moved by it. Her words are so powerful and pack a punch, and it is still astonishing to me that this was her first published novel. Her second book is just as great, and I am going to be reading anything and everything she puts out for sure!

These are just a handful of the amazing debut novels I’ve read. I would love to know what some of your favorites are, so please share them in the comments!

8 thoughts on “My Favorite Debut Books

  1. I’ve read Wilder Girls, You Should See Me in a Crown, The Hate U Give, and The Poet X and was impressed by all four of them. Wilder Girls was not my favorite book. I gave it three stars, but I was so impressed by Rory Power’s writing. It was the strongest part of the book, and I was so surprised by how well it was because it’s her first.

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  2. This is such a lovely list Jessica omg!! I haven’t gotten to all of them yet, but really want to. Especially Poppy War, YSSMIAC and My Dark Vanessa. THUG and Poet X are SO GOOD OMG. Ugh yes, I LOVED Tweet Cute, also have an eARC and can’t wait to read it.

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