Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Featured Review: Bianca Torre is Afraid of Everything by Justine Pucella Winans

  • Bianca Torre is Afraid of Everything
  • by Justine Pucella Winans
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Release Date: April 11, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780358721642

Due to their many fears,  Bianca Torre spends much of their free time in their room observing birds and neighbors. When Bianca witnesses one of their neighbors being brutally murdered, they uncharacteristically decide to investigate. With the help of a widening circle of friends, Bianca sets out to solve the crime, unraveling a bizarre and twisty mystery. 

This is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud murder mystery, full of twists and subtle clues. An ensemble cast of characters offer relatable and quirky representation while building a thoughtful story about identity and relationships and providing a contemporary nod to Alfred Hitchock’s Rear Window.

Any readers of crime and thriller fiction will love this title, as well as fans of humor and character driven stories.  Fans of The Agathas or titles by Jessica Goodman will love this title.

-Kaitlin Malixi

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.

Each week, the teams feature a review of one of the officially nominated titles. Additional titles to receive this designation are listed as well. At year’s end, the team will curate a final list from all nominated titles and select a Top Ten.
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