Flyleaf's Favorite Young Adult Fiction 2022

Bloodmarked (The Legendborn Cycle #2) By Tracy Deonn Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534441637
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 8th, 2022

In an expert feat of worldbuilding, Bloodmarked takes Bree beyond UNC's campus, expanding her personal community and developing the larger political structure of the Round Table. As Bree wrestles with the mysteries of her family history, she must also combat the wills of the Legendborn's higher-ups, people who would like to see tradition upheld and power remain in the hands of those who already possess it. A rip-roaring middle book in what's shaping up to be one of the best YA trilogies of the decade. --Talia

I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250244451
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Published: Wednesday Books - May 3rd, 2022

A deeply funny and romantic mystery about a girl who has the entire small town under her thumb, and a love letter to the queer high school experience. --Jordan

The Weight of Blood By Tiffany D. Jackson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063029149
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 6th, 2022

A modern retelling of Stephen King’s Carrie with plenty of twists thrown in to keep the reader on their toes. Maddy Washington is an outsider who is frequently bullied in her school, and the targeting gets worse when it’s revealed that she’s actually biracial and has been passing as white by order of her white father. And then the school decides to host its first integrated prom, and the fact that we all more-or-less know where this is going doesn’t diminish the power of the story or its conclusion. A fantastic book that builds enough on the source material to feel like a fresh and necessary step forward for the horror genre. --Colin

The Drowning Summer By C. L. Herman Cover Image
ISBN: 9780759557536
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 19th, 2022

This sapphic mystery blends horror and longing as two childhood friends work to get to the bottom of the murders that happened during their town's "drowning summer," and have to counter angry spirits along the way. --Jordan

Foul Lady Fortune By Chloe Gong Cover Image
ISBN: 9781665905589
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 27th, 2022

After a bizarre experiment allows her to cheat death, Rosalind Lang is now immortal and working as a spy-assassin in 1930s Shanghai. But after a series of unexplained murders, she's assigned to work closely (fake-marriage close) with another spy to investigate. What's going on and who can Rosalind (code name = Fortune) really trust? Chloe Gong does an amazing job building this world and populating it with interesting, charming characters, so you're invested every bloody step of the way. --Colin

Rust in the Root By Justina Ireland Cover Image
ISBN: 9780063038226
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Published: Balzer + Bray - September 20th, 2022

How lucky we are to have another historical fantasy from Justina Ireland! In Rust in the Root, Ireland reimagines the origins of Prohibition, the Dust Bowl and Depression-era America as the result of an ongoing battle between magical philosophies: Dynamism or "the Possibilities" vs Mechomancy. In addition to being a devastatingly clever and insightful commentary on the inherently racist roots of capitalism in this country, it's a just a really good story. Makes me wish we all had well-verns in our backyard. --Elese

I Must Betray You By Ruta Sepetys Cover Image
ISBN: 9781984836038
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Published: Philomel Books - February 1st, 2022

This is Ruta Sepetys's newest historical fiction book, and it absolutely lives up to all her others. The characters are so well written and the story itself is so well done, shining light on a conflict that isn't often discussed. Just like her other books, this one is in turn heartbreaking and hopeful. If you love historical fiction or Sepetys's backlist, be sure to read this—it's amazing! -A.B., YAB Member

Dead Flip By Sara Farizan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643750804
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - August 30th, 2022

A tight-knit group of friends is shaken when tragedy strikes and one of their own disappears without a trace. With no answers and no closure, the kids drift apart. But then a few years pass and their missing friend randomly shows back up, having not aged a day. I'm a sucker for any story dealing with a supernatural mystery, but then you put it in the 90s—a decade I'm familiar with, being *coughcoughcough* years old—and I'm totally on board. This is a great story about friendship and acceptance, and I couldn't get enough! --Colin

We Deserve Monuments By Jas Hammonds Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250816559
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - November 29th, 2022

We Deserve Monuments is a resilient story about fighting for everything you're owed and the bitter truths of our world. Heartbreaking and hopeful, this book is definitely worth a read. --Ada, YAB member

Very Bad People By Kit Frick Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534449732
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Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - April 5th, 2022

Such a fun mystery to cozy up with! This is a page-turner and has so many different elements to the plot that you'll never be bored! Full of boarding schools, secret societies, mysterious accidents, and more, this book will take you on a wild ride! --Eve, YAB Member

Alone Out Here By Riley Redgate Cover Image
ISBN: 9781368064729
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Published: Disney-Hyperion - April 5th, 2022

You won't be able to put this page-turner down. --Miriam, YAB Member

A Scatter of Light By Malinda Lo Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525555285
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Published: Dutton Books for Young Readers - October 4th, 2022

A Scatter of Light kindly and tenderly explores many of the experiences of a young person coming into their queer identity, detailing the beauty and pain that can exist while finding and coming home to yourself. This will give you both a heartfelt cry and catharsis. --Jordan