Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2025) Featured Review: Your Lonely Nights Are Over by Adam Sass

  • Your Lonely Nights Are Over
  • by Adam Sass
  • Publisher: Viking
  • Release date: September 12, 2023
  • ISBN: 9780593526583

Dearie and Cole are ready to take on their senior year as they always have, together as a team of fabulous, inseparable gay besties. But when a serial killer from decades earlier makes a comeback in their hometown, taking on senior year means taking on a murderer. Together, the two try to piece together how the past murders relate to the present so they can catch the serial killer before he catches them. 

This fast-paced thriller will have teens on the edge of their seat and keep them guessing. The classic murder mystery vibe is taken to new heights with a diverse group of characters, all members of their high school’s Queer Club, now having to fight for their lives. The book feels especially true to today, with the serial killer’s exploits featured in a true crime documentary that the teens use to try and solve the case.

Your Lonely Nights Are Over is a great pick for teens obsessed with true crime or serial killers who don’t mind a little blood. Teens who liked the murder mystery There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins or the irreverently ghoulish This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham are sure to enjoy this book.

-Kameron Morton

Other Nominated Titles

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.
The Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee appreciates teen feedback as members evaluate the nominated titles. Teen librarians are encouraged to share the List of Potential Nominees under consideration with their patrons and solicit feedback using the link: https://bit.ly/BFYA25TeenFB

Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2025) Featured Review: Mall Goth by Kate Leth

  • Mall Goth
  • by Kate Leth
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • Publication Date: September 26, 2023
  • ISBN-13: 9781534476943

Malls make a comeback in this early 2000s-inspired book about a teen looking for community and a place to be herself. Liv Holme is a high school student who moves to a new town while her parents struggle in their marriage, and she discovers the mall as solace. Trying to find her place at school, Liv slowly befriends two classmates who share similar interests and aesthetics and captures the attention of one of her teachers. Little does she know that the new-found validation from an authority figure at school may devolve into something sinister. 

Mall Goth explores the intricacies of being a teen in a new school and trying to find one’s place. The book presents common scenarios teens struggle with, particularly the possibility of falling victim to predators. The characters are authentic, relatable and likable. They are representative of different body sizes, and even if there isn’t much cultural diversity present, it feels like it channels a small town’s energy. The art is compelling, and the color palette fits the story’s mood and the characters’ quirkiness. 

People interested in Mariko Tamaki will find it enjoyable, as it has similar vibes to I Am Not Starfire and Skim, as well as those that loved Netflix’s Wednesday. As a bonus, for those who loved or enjoyed the 2000’s rock music scene, a recommended playlist for the book would definitely include Linkin Park, Evanescence, Korn and Deftones.

–Verónica Muñiz-Soto

Other Nominated Titles

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