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Best Fiction for Young Adults 2018

YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults Committee presents fiction titles published for young adults in the past 16 months that are recommended reading for ages 12 to 18. The purpose of the annual list it to provide librarians and library workers with a resource to use for collection development and reader’s advisory purposes.
* denotes the title was selected as a top ten.

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      Midnight at the Electric (Audiobook)

      by Jodi Lynn Anderson

      Mar 2018

      Audiobooks High

      While their stories span thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri's fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

      Far from the Tree

      by Robin Benway

      Mar 2018

      Young Adults Plus

      In this National Book Award-winning novel about the meaning of family, adopted teen Grace seeks out her biological siblings after giving up her own baby.

      The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

      by Mackenzi Lee

      Oct 2017

      Mature Young Adults Plus

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      Henry Montague was born to be a gentleman, but even the finest boarding schools in England haven't been able to tame his roguish passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men. Author's note on historical accuracy.

      Eliza and Her Monsters

      by Francesca Zappia

      Sep 2017

      Young Adults

      *
      Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular webcomic, but when a new boy at school tempts her offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble. Black-and-white illustrations.

      An Uninterrupted View of the Sky

      by Melanie Crowder

      Aug 2017

      Young Adults

      Readers will get a boy's-eye-view of corruption, greed, survival, and the power of family set in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where drugs are plentiful and justice is rare.

      The Upside of Unrequited

      by Becky Albertalli

      Jul 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she's lived through it twenty-six times.

      When Dimple Met Rishi

      by Sandhya Menon

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults

      This is a laugh-out-loud, heartfelt romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

      Bull

      by David Elliott

      Jun 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur for a new generation. Author's notes about the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur and the poetic forms used.

      Bang

      by Barry Lyga

      Jun 2017

      Young Adults

      Sebastian Cody did something horrible, something no one—not even Sebastian himself—can forgive. At the age of four, he accidentally shot and killed his infant sister.

      Radio Silence

      by Alice Oseman

      Jun 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      In a world determined to shut them up, knock them down, and set them on a cookie cutter life path, Frances and Aled struggle to find their voices over the course of one life-changing year. Excerpt from author's debut novel, Solitaire.

      Strange the Dreamer

      by Laini Taylor

      May 2017

      High-Interest High Plus

      *
      The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly.

      Defy the Stars

      by Claudia Gray

      Apr 2017

      Fantasy/Science Fiction High Plus

      In her most epic and ambitious work to date, bestselling author Claudia Gray takes readers on an interstellar journey exploring what it means to be human.
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