Best young adult books 2017

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Alexander, Kwame. ISBN: Nick, an eighth-grade soccer star, would like to concentrate on an upcoming tournament, but life gets in the way. Can he handle changing family dynamics, a first crush, bullying, a sidelining injury, and being forced to read a dictionary? Find out how he manages in this verse novel.
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All Time Favorite Young Adult Books!

When you check out the best Young Adult books of on this list, you'll discover that the year has yielded some incredible YA fiction.

28 of the Best YA Books of 2017

There is truly something for everyone this year, whether that reader enjoys things quirky and magical, extra-real real, wild, or world-building. The books, they keep on coming, and these 17 are just the beginning of what promises to make an exciting year for YA lovers. Divergent author Veronica Roth is back with a new series, this time set in another galaxy, instead of a dystopic Chicago. This murder mystery set in Kenya follows Tina, a girl who fled the Congo only to now suspect the wealthy and powerful Kenyan family that employed her mother as a maid may have also been responsible for her death. Living on the streets with revenge on her mind, Tina makes her way back into the world of the esteemed and criminal Greyhills that, needless to say, is both dangerous and gripping. She hits all the right notes again in We Are Okay , about Marin, who fled her old life in California for college in New York without a single word to anyone who knew her… including her best friend Mabel.

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In no particular order, here are the YA novels that captivated us this year. What it's about: Thomas's brilliant debut is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. When Starr witnesses her good friend, Khalil, being shot and killed by the police for doing nothing wrong, she has to decide if she can gain the courage to stand up for justice. Why it shines: Thomas eloquently breathes life and importance into each character while wisely addressing police brutality, Black Lives Matter, and privileged perspectives on race not just from a fictionalized point of view, but from an honest one. This story will stay with you long after you finish.

In , new voices as well as old favorites reinvented familiar tropes in young-adult fiction. The fantastical was more imaginative than ever and contemporary work became even more real, as YA continued to be one of the most socially progressive genres in literature. By Mackenzi Lee. Fun, fun, fun. Imagine your favorite historical fiction novel — the stuff that would make for the very best Masterpiece Theatre adaptation — but way more playful. And gayer.

Just like every other high school junior, Janey King has a crazy schedule, jam-packed with track, friends, and the SATs. Not to mention, she's also dealing with her parents' unexpected separation. But things change when the cutest senior in school starts noticing her. Suddenly, she has a bunch of questions about about relationships, sex, and even herself. Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is used to moving between two worlds — her poor neighborhood and her fancy prep school. But everything changes when her childhood best friend Khalil is shot and killed by a police officer.


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  3. Kilofomel1986 says:

    was the year of Angie Thomas. Not only did she scoop up two Goodreads Choice Awards, but her book The Hate U Give was optioned for a film and has.

  4. Keenan B. says:

    Best Young Adult Fiction — Goodreads Choice Awards

  5. Gradasso D. says:

    The Goodreads Choice Awards have three rounds of voting open to all registered Goodreads members.

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