The highlight of my trip to ALA Midwinter was attending the Best Fiction for Young Adults teen feedback session. A diverse group of teens from the Boston area had the opportunity to share their thoughts about titles nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults list. Their uncensored, frank and articulate opinions—both positive and negative—were a delight to hear. Here are the highlights!
Many teens shared gushing, glowing reviews of these books, which I’d say were informally the most popular picks of the teens present.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
“Very realistic, reflects how teens actually think/talk.”
Another reading thought it was “perfectly executed” and loved the mystery of Blue’s identity and the “adorable romance.”
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
The book left one reader “feeling breathless.” She liked the unexpected ending and that the main character had everyday problems in addition to her peculiar medical condition.
“sweet and romantic.”
Another reader thought it had an engaging plot and deep complex character relationships. She loved diagrams and drawings.
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
“An emotional roller coaster.”
“Sarah J. Maas is a genius. Loved. So many plot twists. Action packed.”
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
“Euphoric, divine reading experience. Tragic and beautiful. Think long and hard, inspired to read and wander.”
“Takes the gold medal for sappy romance.”
Other Positive Feedback
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
One teen liked this book because it “focused on what’s important, not fluff.”
The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds
A young man enjoyed this book. He related to the main character’s struggle after losing a mother figure himself, and as a resident of inner-city Boston, he thought the urban setting was familiar and thought that Reynold’s captured the voice of teens with accurate dialogue.
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
One teen liked this because unlike some of the other favorites, it wasn’t too deep or heart-wrenching. It was “delightful and full of laughs” and didn’t take itself too seriously. Continue reading ALA Midwinter 2016 BFYA Teen Feedback Session