This year’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Top Ten offers plenty for book lovers to get excited about. There are books here to make you laugh, books to make you cry, and a couple to make you sleep with the lights on. With a wide selection of genres, a diverse mix of characters, beloved favorite authors, and promising new voices, this list truly has something for everyone. When it was first announced, however, I made a horrifying discovery. Even now, it is so embarrassing I can hardly bring myself to admit to it: I had read not a single title on the list. I had a couple sitting on my shelf, but I had not started them yet — not one. As I looked for the best way to tackle the list and then dug in, I started to notice some common themes that kept emerging, drawing interesting and not-always-obvious parallels among these very different books. So if you, too, are not sure where to start with this fantastic list that the committee worked so hard to put together, try one of these entry points.
- If you are a sucker for star-crossed lovers kept apart by supernatural circumstances: Every Day by David Levithan and The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- If you are interested in stories about teens caught up in the horrors of war: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
- If you want to travel to an intricately constructed fantasy world: Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
- If you are a fan of that classic YA staple, the Unlikely Friendship: The Raven Boys, Boy21 by Matthew Quick, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Saenz, Code Name Verity, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
- If you are up for joining a band of magically gifted teens on a quest to solve a dark, paranormal-infused mystery and also if you are looking for a new series to get hooked on: The Raven Boys and The Diviners by Libba Bray
- If you are moved by acts of selfless love and sacrifice or just generally feel like bawling your eyes out: Code Name Verity and Every Day
- If you enjoy well-researched fiction about parts of history that do not get written about so much: The Diviners and Code Name Verity
- If you are looking for a fresh and compelling LGBTQ perspective: Every Day and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Now, on to all those other lists!
— Wendy Daughdrill, currently reading The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
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