Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, October 18 Edition

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All Eyes on Us by Kit Frick
Margaret K. McElderry Books / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534404403

Carter Shaw is an heir to a real estate empire in West Virginia with his girlfriend, Amanda, whose family has benefited from the relationship playing the role as a power couple. Yet on the side, Carter is dating Rosalie. While Carter is falling in love with Rosalie, Rosalie is using Carter as a cover since Rosalie’s sexuality must be kept secret. Mysterious texts first surface to Amanda and then to Rosalie who must eventually work together to resolve the love triangle.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, October 11 Edition

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There’s Something About Sweetie by Sandhya Menon
Simon Pulse / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534416789 

Ashish has just had his heart broken by his first love. Since it happened, he hasn’t been the same, in his basketball game or his love life game. At the suggestion of his sometimes friend, Ashish turns to his parents to set him up with an Indian girl. Sweetie is a fierce track superstar, but is constantly under the scrutiny of her mother over her weight. When Ashish’s parents want him to date Sweetie, Sweetie’s mother immediately turns down the offer, again citing Sweetie’s weight as the reason why. Furious, and ready to do something rebellious for once, Sweetie proposes to Ashish a date in secret, and the rom com fireworks begin.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, October 4 Edition

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power
Delacorte Press / Penguin Random House
Publication date: July 9, 2019
ISBN: 978-0525645580

On an island off the coast of Maine, the students of an all-girls boarding school and the wilderness of the island – suffer from an infection of “the tox” which ravaged their bodies and minds as the fight for survival. Friends Hetty, Byatt, and Reece are pushed to extremes as they attempt to uncover the truth behind the mysterious disease while their classmates continue to die after gruesome flair ups of perplexing and grotesque symptoms while they wait for a cure and fight over rations delivered by boat from the mainland.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 27 Edition

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The Lying Woods by Ashley Elston
Disney-Hyperion / Hachette
Publication Date: November 13, 2018
ISBN: 978-1368014786 

Owen Foster lives a life of luxury and indulgence at his boarding school – until that all comes crashing down in this slow burn mystery. When he finds out that his father has been stealing his clients money and has now vanished, Owen must leave his privileged life behind to move back to his small town where he grew up and live amongst those that his father stole from.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 20 Edition

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You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Sourcebooks Fire / Sourcebooks
Publication Date: March 5, 2019
ISBN: 978-1492658276

Ariel’s whole life has revolved around creating the perfect high school resume, but when he fails a calculus quiz, everything seems to unravel at once. Reluctantly, he asks handsome Amir to tutor him. As a romance begins, everything Ariel has built starts to crumble, and he isn’t sure if what makes him happy is worth holding onto.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 13 Edition

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Love from A to Z by S. K. Ali
Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: April 30, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534442726 

Zayneb and Adam and their similar fascinations with marvels and oddities are serendipitously thrown together when they both visit Doha during their spring break. Zayneb is visiting after an unfortunate note she writes about her Islamaphobic teacher is found, and Adam is returning home after finding out he has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which his mother died from when he was young.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, September 6 Edition

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Internment by Samira Ahmed
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Hachette
Publication Date: March 19, 2019
ISBN: 978-0316522694 

Seventeen year old Layla is growing up in America in the near future when she and her parents, along with other Muslim American citizens, are forced into internment camps. Once there, Layla forms an unlikely alliance with a guard and together, along with the help of fellow internees, they start a resistance movement inside the camp.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, August 30 Edition

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Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Scholastic Press / Scholastic
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
ISBN: 978-1338268461

In a race between the Fates and Chance, Isabelle must forge her own destiny with the help of a Fairy Queens gifts to survive. In this dark fractured fairytale, Isabelle, one Cinderella’s stepsisters, must find the lost pieces of her heart to not only survive but to save her family. She must face her past, and what others think of her, to find who she truly is and what really matters.

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, August 23 Edition

Call It What You Want by Brigid Kemmerer
Bloomsbury YA / Macmillan
Publication Date: June 25, 2019
ISBN: 978-1681198095

Rob and Maegan have been ostracized by their classmates: Rob’s crooked father embezzled money leaving some community members struggling financially, and Maegan jeopardized classmates’ SAT scores by cheating during the test. Both have put up walls to protect themselves but romantically connect when those walls come down. Maegan learns that Rob takes care of his father whose unsuccessful suicide attempt requires twenty-four hour care. Rob guesses that Maegan’s new family drama includes her older sister’s unplanned pregnancy while on a full-ride lacrosse scholarship to Duke that their father wants kept secret. How can anything go right when so much has gone wrong?

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Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2020) Nominees Round Up, August 16 Edition

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When the Ground is Hard by Malla Nunn
G.P. Putnam’s Sons / Penguin Publishing Group
Publication Date: June 4, 2019
ISBN: 978-0525515579 

Swaziland in 1965 is a difficult place with defined social hierarchies. Adele knows this, just as she knows that her white father has another white family, that he pays her full tuition at Keziah Christian Academy, and that he loves his second mixed race family more. It isn’t much, but that makes her better than Lottie whose relatives are from a tribe and don’t pay Lottie’s tuition. Adele’s world is shaken to the core when she is ousted from her insulated clique and is forced to room with Lottie.  In such close proximity, Adele finds herself rethinking her assumptions and priorities.

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