2019/2018/2017 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

  • The Poet X

    by Elizabeth Acevedo Year Published: 2018

    Call Number: FIC ACEVEDO Realistic Fiction

    Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. She pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers--especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems.

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  • Children of Blood and Bone

    by Tomi Adeyemi Year Published: 2018


    Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy.

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  • Educated

    by Tara Westover Year Published: 2018


    "A memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University."

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  • American Street

    by Zoboi, I Year Published: 2017

    FIC Zoboi: Realistic Fiction

    Fabiola Toussaint, a young Haitian immigrant to the United States, must navigate her life, school and relationships, while dealing with her loud cousins after her mother is detained by the United States immigration department.


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  • When Dimple Met Rishi

    by Menon, S Year Published: 2017

    FIC Menon: Romance

    When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with marriage prospects but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him.

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  • Dear Martin

    by Stone, Nic Year Published: 2017

    FIC Stone: Realistic Fiction

    Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him.


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  • Release

    by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2017

    FIC Ness: Realistic Fiction

    "Adam Thorn doesn't know it yet, but today will change his life. Between his religious family, a deeply unpleasant ultimatum from his boss, and his own unrequited love for his sort-of ex, Enzo, it seems as though Adam's life is falling apart. At least he has two people to keep him sane: his new boyfriend (he does love Linus, doesn't he?) and his best friend, Angela. But all day long, old memories and new heartaches come crashing together, throwing Adam's life into chaos. The bindings of his world are coming untied one by one; yet in spite of everything he has to let go, he may also find freedom in the release

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  • Piecing me Together

    by Watson, Renee Year Published: 2017

    FIC Watson: Realistic Fiction

    Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.


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  • The Hate U Give

    by Thomas, Angie Year Published: 2017

    FIC Thomas: Realistic Fiction

    Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil's name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr. But what Starr does-or does not-say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

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  • Allegedly

    by Jackson, Tiffany Year Published: 2017

    FIC Jackson: Suspense

    A young girl, convicted of murder as a child, serves her sentence only to be placed in a group home, where, upon her release, she must grapple with starting over and an unplanned pregnancy.


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  • Vanishing Girls

    by Oliver, Lauren Year Published: 2015

    Fic Oliver Mystery

    "Two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident, a missing nine-year-old girl, and the shocking connection between them"--Provided by publisher.

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  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here

    by Ness, Patrick Year Published: 2015

    Fic Ness Humor

    A new YA novel from novelist Patrick Ness, author of the Carnegie Medal- and Kate Greenaway Medal-winning A Monster Calls and the critically acclaimed Chaos Walking trilogy, The Rest of Us Just Live Here is a bold and irreverent novel that powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable


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  • When Mr. Dog Bites

    by Conaghan, Brian Year Published: 2016

    Fic Conaghan Realistic Fiction

    All seventeen-year-old Dylan Mint wants is to keep his Tourette's in check and live as a normal teen, but during a routine hospital visit he overhears that he is going to die, and in an attempt to claim the life he has always wanted he makes a list of "Cool Things To Do Before I Cack It" and sets out to have some fun.

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  • Finding Audrey

    by Kinsella, Sophie Year Published: 2016

    Fic Kinsella Realistic Fiction

    Fourteen-year-old Audrey is making slow but steady progress dealing with her anxiety disorder when Linus comes into the picture and her recovery gains momentum.

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  • All the Bright Places

    by Niven, Jennifer Year Published: 2015

    Fic Niven Realistic Fiction

    "Told in alternating voices, when Theodore Finch and Violet Markey meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, both teetering on the edge, it's the beginning of an unlikely relationship, a journey to discover the "natural wonders" of the state of Indiana, and two teens' desperate desire to heal and save one another"--Provided by publisher.

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  • The Bitter Side of Sweet

    by Sullivan, Tara Year Published: 2016

    Fic Sullivan Adventure

    Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two years what has mattered are the number of cacao pods he and his younger brother, Seydou, can chop down in a day. The higher the number the safer they are. The higher the number the closer they are to paying off their debt and returning home. Maybe. The problem is Amadou doesn’t know how much he and Seydou owe, and the bosses won’t tell him. The boys only wanted to make money to help their impoverished family, instead they were tricked into forced labor on a plantation in the Ivory Coast. With no hope of escape, all they can do is try their best to stay alive—until Khadija comes into their lives.

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  • Where You'll Find Me

    by Friend, Natasha Year Published: 2016

    Fic Friend Realistic Fiction

    After her mother's attempted suicide, thirteen-year-old Anna goes to live with her father and his new family, and learns to navigate the shifting loyalties of middle school friendships.

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