As many of you know, I read a lot of YA books. There were many fabulous books that I read this year and the following were the best of the best, in no particular order.
1.Sweet by Emmy Laybourne
It's a cruise
highlighting the new artificial sweetener, Solu. Solu is working, but
there are some side effects that weren't mentioned to the passengers
before they partook in the Solu experiment.
2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world and as a result,
never leaves her house. A book about first love, independence, and
3. Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
The heart breaking story of Joseph, who at 14 is a father and a foster child. A quick, emotional read as we get glimpses as to what kind of person Joseph truly is. By the time it all comes together, the novel is pages away from being over.
4. The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
Great cover art and a great little story. Steve's baby brother is not well and Steve is worrying. He's worried about his baby brother, his parents who are clearly stressed, and about the wasps that he is allergic to. Steve discovers that if he says yes, all will be fixed. Or will it?
5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Audrey suffers from anxiety but when she meets Linus, she challenges herself to tackle her anxiety. A very realistic read with a lot of humor.
6. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Theodore thinks about killing himself. Violet can't deal with her sister's death. The two very unlikely pair lean on each other as they try to keep themselves alive.
7. George by Alex Gino
George is just trying to be true to herself. She knows she is a girl but everyone else sees her as a boy. A school play is a turning point for George.
8. Undertow by Michael Buckley
30,000 Alpha, a group of aquatic warriors, land on Coney Island. Clearly it's war but who exactly is the enemy? A science fiction dystopian novel full of drama and romance.
9. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
Caden's mental illness is spiraling out of control. Challenger Deep takes you into Caden's world and his struggle to navigate his illness.
10. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
Roza has left Bone Gap and no one is surprised by her disappearance. Finn knows better and realizes how important it is to find her and bring her back.
11. The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Throughout history, Love and Death have chosen their players and Death always wins. Will Love's most recent player prove Death wrong?