Amazing YA Books You'll Definitely Steal From Your Favorite Teen

Mar 14, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Young Adult Books to Get Excited About this Fall |
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The young-adult book genre is bigger than ever, and this has been a banner year for excellent YA titles. We've rounded up a few of our favorites that we absolutely want to steal from the teens in our lives — and, OK, for some actual literary expertise, we also spoke with librarian Derek Ivie, youth services coordinator at the Suffolk Cooperative Library System in Bellport, New York, about his top picks. Ivie knows his stuff; he’s currently a board member at large for the Young Adult Library Services Association. So, what’s new in the YA world?

Read on to check out buzzed-about new releases, from social justice-driven nonfiction to magical realism to graphic novels to (finally!) more queer and gender-fluid characters than we've seen yet. So take your tween or teen and head down to your local indie bookstore or library. Or, you know, place that one-click Amazon Prime order and read it yourself — we’re not here to judge. 

A version of this story was originally published in October 2017.

1 /15: 'The Summer of Jordi Perez' by Amy Spalding

1/15 :'The Summer of Jordi Perez' by Amy Spalding

2 /15: 'Mask of Shadows' by Linsey Miller

2/15 :'Mask of Shadows' by Linsey Miller

3 /15: 'Dear Martin' by Nic Stone

3/15 :'Dear Martin' by Nic Stone

4 /15: 'Whichwood' by Tahereh Mafi

4/15 :'Whichwood' by Tahereh Mafi

5 /15: 'Let’s Pretend We Never Met' by Melissa Walker

5/15 :'Let’s Pretend We Never Met' by Melissa Walker

6 /15: 'They Both Die at the End' by Adam Silvera

6/15 :'They Both Die at the End' by Adam Silvera

7 /15: 'Spinning' by Tillie Walden

7/15 :'Spinning' by Tillie Walden

8 /15: 'Warcross' by Marie Lu

8/15 :'Warcross' by Marie Lu

9 /15: 'You Bring the Distant Near' by Mitali Perkins

9/15 :'You Bring the Distant Near' by Mitali Perkins

10 /15: 'Release' by Patrick Ness

10/15 :'Release' by Patrick Ness

11 /15: 'Akata Warrior' by Nnedi Okorafor

11/15 :'Akata Warrior' by Nnedi Okorafor

12 /15: 'The 57 Bus' by Dashka Slater

12/15 :'The 57 Bus' by Dashka Slater

13 /15: 'All the Crooked Saints' by Maggie Stiefvater

13/15 :'All the Crooked Saints' by Maggie Stiefvater

14 /15: 'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds

14/15 :'Long Way Down' by Jason Reynolds

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Best New YA Books for Fall – That We Want to Read, Too
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