I have read so many young adult books this year that I found it almost impossible to put together a list of only five books – even ten was too hard. I am particularly proud of the Australian authors I have discovered this year. Melissa Keil impressed me with her second novel; Paula Weston and Skye Melki-Wegner have fantastic fantasy series and Justine Larbalestier wrote something different from anything else I have seen this year in YA. The young adult readership has seen extraordinary growth this year and the amount of adults enjoying these books is so exciting! I have spoken previously about the stigmas attached to young adult fiction but it’s exciting to see adults give the naysayers the finger and enjoy it anyway!
The following titles are in no particular order. Any one of these could have featured in my top five for the year. They are all highly enjoyable and excellent examples of what the young adult ‘genre’ has to offer! It’s an exciting time to be a young adult reader!
State of Grace by Hilary Badger
Razorhurst by Justine Larbalestier
Archetype by M.D. Waters
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Love letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Chasing the Valley by Skye Melki-Wegner (book two showing)
Shadows by Paula Weston (book two showing)
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The following five titles are my favourites for the year. They left a lasting impression; they are emotional and exciting and a pleasure to read. They will make you laugh out aloud on quiet trains and leave you ugly crying in bed in the early hours of the morning. There are characters you want to be your best friends and others that are too easy to fall in love with. The authors have given them life; they run, dance and fight their way across the pages of beautifully told stories. The characters struggle with relationships, friendships and sexuality. They question what is truth and fight for what they believe is right. Above everything else, they love – passionately, honestly and at times, painfully. Give them a go… you know you want too!
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
You Don’t Even Know by Sue Lawson
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
… And my number one book for the year is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I will sing the praises of this book to any one who will listen. It is to be released in Australia on January 7th 2015 and it will be the biggest YA book for 2015 – I have no doubt that it will capture hearts all over the world. Here’s hoping we get to the same point next year and I can say, “I told you so!”
Over to you – what were your favourite young adult books for 2014?
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-4O
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-1I
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3r
State of Grace by Hilary Badger – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-3I
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart- http://wp.me/p4G9hc-1w
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-4s
Reading YA and finding enjoyment in any genre – http://wp.me/p4G9hc-1r