Young adult literature is special because it speaks directly to the diverse experiences and backgrounds of young readers, with books for teens following characters on a journey to discover who they are and what they want to become.
"Stories like these can start conversations, provide comfort, and be the first step to feeling a little less isolated.”
- Meredith Sires
Like a Love StoryBy Abdi Nazemian
A love letter to queerness, self-expression, and individuality (also Madonna) that never shies away from the ever-present fear within the queer community of late '80s New York.
Felix Ever AfterBy Kacen Callender
Felix Love has never been in love. He secretly fears that he’s one marginalization too many—Black, queer, and transgender—to ever get his own happily-ever-after.
Instructions for DancingBy Nicola Yoon
In this romantic page-turner, Evie has the power to see other people’s romantic fates—what will happen when she finally sees her own?
Clap When You LandBy Elizaebth Acevedo
A novel-in-verse that brims with grief and love, a story about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness, and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.
The Midnight LieBy Marie Rutkoski
An epic LGBTQ romantic fantasy about learning to free ourselves from the lies others tell us—and the lies we tell ourselves.
Six of CrowsBy Leigh Bardugo
Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz's crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first.
Luck of the TitanicBy Stacey Lee
The richly imagined story of Valora and Jamie Luck, twin British-Chinese acrobats traveling aboard the Titanic on its ill-fated maiden voyage.
Hani & Ishu’s Guide to Fake DatingBy Abida Jaigirdar
When Humaira "Hani" Khan comes out to her friends as bisexual, she blurts out that she’s in a relationship…with a girl her friends absolutely hate—Ishita "Ishu" Dey.
Only, Mostly, DevastatedBy Sophie Gonzales
Will Tavares is the dream summer fling—he’s fun, affectionate, kind—but just when Ollie thinks he’s found his Happily Ever After, summer vacation ends and Will stops texting Ollie back.
LegendbornBy Tracy Deonn
Filled with mystery and an intriguingly rich magic system, Tracy Deonn’s YA contemporary fantasy Legendborn offers the dark allure of City of Bones with a modern-day twist on a classic legend and a lot of Southern Black Girl Magic.