Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins + More Latinx YA Books Out in 2022

There are so many books by Latinx authors coming out in 2022 that you need to add to your bookcase that we had to create a follow up to our first YA books list. We’re so excited about so many of them — both for us and our kids — that we wanted to curate another list for our fellow Latinx bookworms to keep on hand to keep track of which books to keep an eye out for throughout the rest of the year.

From an introspective anthology and plenty of fantasy spines to classic teen romances and fantasy novels, there are still so many young adult books by Latinx authors coming out this year, that we’re sure no matter what type of literature you prefer, you’ll find a book on this list to enjoy. And if you and your teen have similar tastes in books, there are definitely a few you’ll want to share. If nothing else, the representation on the pages of these books is sure to have you hooked into their story lines fast.

Diamond Park by Philippe Diederich

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Photo: Penguin Random House

Release Date: March 8, 2022

Philippe Diedrich’s Diamond Park, is a page-turner about four Mexican American teenagers from Houston, and the tragedy that turns their lives upside down. When the four friends head to Diamond Park to buy their dream car — a 1959 Chevy Impala — they find themselves witnesses to a murder and one of them is being framed for the crime. Desperate to clear their name, they cross the border into Mexico on the hunt for the trafficker they think is really responsible.

Ballad & Dagger (An Outlaw Saints Novel) by Daniel José Older

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Photo: Rick Riordan Presents

Release Date: May 3, 2022

The first book in a new series by Daniel José Older, Ballad & Dagger is an adventure-fantasy novel about two teens who meet and fall in love amid turmoil in their New York community. But this book is more than just a romance, it touches on themes relevant to the Latinx community and the Caribbean diaspora, while incorporating folklore and music that honor Latin heritage, in a story that takes readers from present day to mysterious ancient times.

Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester

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Photo: Clarion Books

Release Date: May 10, 2022

Breathe and Count Back From Ten by Natalia Sylvester offers up a twist on the teen romance. It’s about a Peruvian American teen from Florida who dreams of becoming a professional mermaid at a theme park. But she was born with hip dysplasia, and between managing her disability and her disapproving parents of her, she’ll have to overcome multiple obstacles to make it to audition day, all while figuring out her first love of her.

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibanez

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Photo: Macmillan

Release Date: May 31, 2022

Together We Burn by Isabel Ibañez is about a fictional medieval city in Spain threatened by dragons and it promises to be a fantasy tale full of exciting adventures, twists and turns and of course, romance. It’s about a talented flamenco dancer who finds herself training to be a dragon hunter in order to save her de ella family legacy de ella — and her de ella inheritance de ella — de ella from an organization attempt on taking it away from her.

Echoes of Grace by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

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Photo: Tu Books

Release Date: June 21, 2022

From Pura Belpré Award-winning author, Guadalupe García McCall, comes Echoes of Grace about a young woman struggling to come to terms with the visions she has—a gift inherited from her mother. One day, one of her visions of her coincides with a tragedy that causes a rift between her and her sister of her, and in trying to mend their relationship of her she discovers hidden truths about her family of her that she never imagined possible.

Blackwater by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham

Photo: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks

Release Date: July 19, 2022

An interesting tale of young, queer love, Blackwater is about two teen boys who seem like complete opposites, but end up falling for each other. But they’re navigating their budding friendship — and romance — in a spooky town in Maine, where they’ll have to face more than just high school bullies and drama. Supernatural forces seem to be at every turn in this enthralling graphic novel by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham.

Twice to Quinceanera by Yamile Saied Méndez

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Photo: Kensington Books

Release Date: July 26, 2022

Twice to Quinceanera by Rage author, Yamile Saied Méndez, is a fun and whimsical story that you and your teen are likely to both enjoy together. It’s about a 30-year-old woman who breaks up with her fiancé de ella the day before her wedding after she finds out he’s been cheating on her. Determined to make the best of a difficult situation, she decides to keep the wedding venue and throw herself a second fifteens, or should she say a, thirty-year-old!

A Girl’s Guide to Love & Magic by Debbie Rigaud

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Photo: Scholastic Press

Release Date: August 2, 2022

Author Debbie Rigaud’s A Girl’s Guide to Love and Magic is a beautiful node to Caribbean cultures and first loves. It’s about a teen from New York who is excited about the upcoming West Indian Day parade, but a wrench is thrown in her plans when a spirit possesses her aunt de ella, who is a Haitian vodou practitioner. She manages to convince her of her best friend of her and the boy she’s crushing on to help her perform the ceremony needed to help her aunt, event though she herself knows little of how to do it.

Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins

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Photo: Penguin Random House

Release Date: August 2, 2022

Set amid the Los Angeles music scene, Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins sees a young Brazilian musician move to LA to join a band and become famous. Eventually, he earns himself a reputation as a “bad boy.” He meets a budding journalist who does not get his appeal from her but thinks writing a story about him might give her a leg up at the celebrity gossip magazine where she’s an intern. Much to her surprise at her though, he seems to be a far cry from what he’s been made out to be.

Our Shadows Have Claws edited by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz

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Photo: Algonquin Young Readers

Release Date: September 6, 2022

We couldn’t be more obsessed with the idea of ​​a Latinx horror anthology in the young adult genre. Edited by Yamile Saied Méndez and Amparo Ortiz, Our Shadows Have Claws features “monster stories” by Latinx authors including Julia Alvarez, Claribel A. Ortega, and Ann Dávila. The stories take place throughout Latin America and the diaspora and feature the creepiest monsters from vampires and zombies to cannibals and shapeshifters, along with creatures found in Latin mythology and folklore.

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