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.