The following is a compilation of my favorite YA novels published so far in 2016 that I have recommended to teens. All of these books are available to check out via the library. Ask a librarian for any help you may need!
The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry. Natalie Cleary is enjoying her summer in her hometown in Kentucky when something magical starts to begin. To make matters even weirder, a ghostly apparition called Grandmother appears and simply says “You have three months to save him.” What is she supposed to do? This book is imaginative, full of future ambition and love. It is full of magical realism, depth, lively characters, and is beautifully written.
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle is a realistic story that highlights what it’s like to be part of the LGBTQ community as a teenager. The book tells the story of sixteen-year-old Quinn who wants to work in Hollywood until a tragic accident leaves his family shattered. This story has a lot of diverse characters and deals a lot with romance and accepting difficult situations. This also has a bit of humor to keep the story going. If you enjoyed The Fault in our Stars or Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, this is the book for you.
A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry brings us Isabel, a legend in her Caribbean island town; she is known as the cursed girl. The other side of the story is about Lucas, a seventeen-year-old who’s girlfriend has just disappeared. Soon, Lucas is pulled into Isabel’s world. Will Lucas escape the grasp of this poisonous, mystery of a girl? This book has an amazing setting, on a lush, tropical island in the Caribbean. It is very well written and full of magic and mystery. This is a great book to read if you want a tropical escape, but has a story that will keep you reading.
Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley tells the tale of Solomon, a sixteen-year-old agoraphobic. He hasn’t left his house in three years, but Lisa is determined to fix him in order to write an essay for a scholarship. Soon, the friendships between Sol, Lisa, and her boyfriend, Clark, grow, but things begin to change. This book is a great coming of age story that deals with LGBT and mental issues. It’s a story of great friendship, and learning about others.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is book one of a series. The story follows Nix who has spent her life on her father’s ship that can sail during any time or place, as long as her father has a map for it. Soon, her father’s obsession over a certain map puts them in trouble. If you like historical fiction, fantasy, and/or adventure, this is the book for you. It’s written so wonderfully you feel like you are at every place they visit. Check back in 2017 for the second book, The Ship Beyond Time.