Best of 2015: Young Adult

Young Adult Literature – or YALit – has had a surge in popularity in the last few years. Perhaps it started with the Twilight craze or maybe it was John Green, but it is certain that the craze isn’t over. Below are the eight YA novels that will make you think, hope, cower, and believe in the greatness that is YALit.

Best “get your tissues ready” depiction of manic depression and teen love: All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Best magical realism, blending what you know is real with what you thought you knew was real: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Best “OMG, did that just happen?” moment: The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

Best Gladiator / Game of Thrones mash-up: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Best Austen/Alcott read-alike for the 21st century: The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

Best quick read that will stay with you long after the final page has turned: Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Best “everything and the kitchen sink” reasons for a road trip: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

Best final year of school for a prep-school genius: Stand-Off by Andrew Smith

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