YA Fiction

For the last decade John Green’s novels have engrossed readers as he explore the human condition, and wasn’t afraid to expose the raw feelings that make us who we are, and how we’re connected to those around us. His last novel, The Fault in Our Stars, was an instant success, and was subsequently made into a movie, that also tugged at the heart strings of everyone who read and watched it.

  Sarah Dessen is the queen of YA lit. She’s the Elin Hilderbrand and Dorothea Benton Frank of summer reads for teens - and it’s for good reason. Every single novel brings you into a world you want to be a part of, to root for love and friendship, and cry over broken hearts and family hardships. Her newest novel, Saint Anything, does just that and so much more.

When Nova Ren Suma’s debut young adult novel Imaginary Girls landed on the shelves in 2011, the world didn’t know what hit them - all they knew was that they wanted more. And Nova Ren Suma has complied. She followed up with 17 & Gone (another grab you by the heart & run story), and now her newest novel, The Walls Around Us is out, and she’s outdone herself again. The novel’s words tumble off the pages and fill our souls with secrets, guilt, and a whirlwind of emotions as we learn the stories of the living and the dead.

In the new post-apocalyptic literary epic, The Country of Ice Cream Star, fifteen year old Ice Cream Star and her nomadic tribe live off the detritus of a crumbled civilization. In this world, before reaching the age of twenty, everyone dies of a mysterious disease which has persisted for generations. When her brother begins to show symptoms of the disease, Ice Cream sets off on a journey for the cure.

Sandra Newman is the author of several novels and works of non-fiction.

  Novelist Lauren Oliver has made her mark in Young Adult literature with such book as Before I Fall, Panic and the Delirium Trilogy. Oliver is making her first foray into Adult fiction with Rooms, a tale of two ghosts trapped in the walls of an old house and the family whose home and lives overlap with their own.

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Two years ago Morgan Rhodes took the world by storm with first novel in her Falling Kingdoms series. Now the third book, Gathering Darkness, has hit the shelves, and Rhodes is not holding back any punches. The new novel has the kingdoms under the iron fist of the King of Blood, and a all of its characters out for vengeance,  as they make a mad dash for the mythical Kindred. But with everyone fighting each other, who can you trust?

In Katherine Howe’s historical fiction novel, Conversion, she explores how the 'hysteria' behind the Salem Witch Trials, can happen to modern day teens.  It's an interesting look at how anxiety and stress can affect the ones we love, and how easy it is for parents to place blame as long as it can protect their kids.

Atia Abawi spent five years in Afghanistan as a foreign correspondent, and during that time she immersed herself in the culture and daily life, not only in Kabul, but in the small villages as well. Her debut novel, The Secret Sky, is based on her experiences with the people she met during her work there - and it’s a heart wrenchingly hopeful look at those left behind as the country is ravaged by war.

In Rachel DeWoskin’s new novel Blind, our 15 year old narrator Emma, must learn how to maneuver through life after losing her sight in a freak accident. The reader is brought into Emma’s world, as she learns to hear colors and textures, read braille, and discovers that she is more than her eyes. The book is brutally honest, delightfully funny, and by the time you get to the last page you want more.

Jandy Nelson’s debut novel, The Sky Is Everywhere reduced its readers to tears and captured their minds with its beautiful language. Since then, readers have been eagerly awaiting her new novel, I’ll Give You the Sun - and they won’t be disappointed; it’s just as stunning. 

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