Johanna's Favorite Young Adult Novels of 2016

My personal taste runs toward contemporary fiction and magical realism with a strong narrative voice.  If you're looking for some of the biggest Science-Fiction and Fantasy titles for teens, check out our round-up for continuing series here.  Happy Reading! - Johanna

When the Moon Was Ours Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250058669
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Published: Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin - October 4th, 2016

This is my favorite book of the year; an achingly beautiful and completely inventive novel about family in a small California town. McLemore's deftly realized characters and pitch-perfect magical realism make this a reading experience unlike any other.


This Adventure Ends Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627799355
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - October 4th, 2016

This Adventure Ends is the only recent contemporary YA novel I would compare to Sarah Dessen's The Truth About Forever. As a girl of a certain age from North Carolina, that is very high praise.


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$18.99
ISBN: 9780451470782
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Published: Viking Books for Young Readers - September 20th, 2016

Kids of Appetite somehow combines extreme quirk, mystery, and heart all within a literary sensibility. With dual narrators and an ensemble cast KOA is perfect for all kinds of readers.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780553524024
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - March 8th, 2016

A debut novel from a Southern writer on the rise - a heartfelt exploration of family, changing friendships, and religion in a small town.


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A Song to Take the World Apart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781101938799
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 13th, 2016

This novel is about the beauty of magic and uncertainty in one girl's family and the daily struggles and singular experiences everyone faces as they come of age.


The Sun Is Also a Star Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780553496680
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Published: Delacorte Press - November 1st, 2016

This is an award-winner and bestseller that deserves every ounce of praise heaped on it from critics and young readers alike. A fun and engrossing novel with a unique point of view.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9781101994887
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 11th, 2016

A.S. King is a master of surrealism and utterly uncommon narrators.


When We Collided Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781619638457
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - April 5th, 2016

Emery Lord treats her characters and readers with care - never shying away from hard experiences or exploiting their emotions with cliches.


American Girls Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250075000
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Published: Flatiron Books - June 7th, 2016

Alison Umminger captures 15 in a singular and authentic way: the confusion, the ambivalence, the anger, the wants and needs of an imperfect girl in a messed-up world.


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$17.99
ISBN: 9780399550485
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 6th, 2016

A sharp novel told in letters between two best friends as one begins as a scholarship student at a fancy private school.  A smart and modern novel for fans of Mean Girls


If I Was Your Girl Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250078407
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Published: Flatiron Books - May 3rd, 2016

A poignant and necessary novel that feels whole, real, and engaging. Amanda is starting a new school and had no intention of falling for a boy right away; especially because she fears revealing the secret that at her old school she was Andrew.