Year in Review: 2015 Themes in YA Literature

For the last two weeks of the year, we’re rounding up notable posts from throughout 2015. First up, discussion posts! These will give a snapshot of important issues and themes in YA literature over the past year.

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In January, TIME Magazine released a Top 100 YA Books list, which prompted this post about what constitutes “best” and how we define young adult literature, as well as offering some suggestions for titles and authors that TIME’s “experts” overlooked.

Throughout 2015, race and diversity were very much in the forefront of people’s minds, both as related to reading and also just as a part of life. This post and its follow up examined how reading can build empathy.

This post looks at the 2015 trends in YA fiction.

Suicide and depression featured heavily in the realistic fiction of 2015.

These quiet books deserve more attention.

Many recent YA books include characters who are poets or incorporate poetry in some way.

With the release of the new movie this December, Star Wars was EVERYWHERE this year. Check out this post on teaching social justice with Star Wars.

” Who is YA literature for?” is another question that came up in 2015, as the category becomes more and more popular with adult readers and marketing teams increasingly target push the crossover titles.

We’re excited to see what important discussions regarding young adult literature are in store for 2016! 

— Molly Wetta, currently reading The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore