The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo (YA ACEVEDO)
Writing poetry helps Xiomara understand her life. She struggles with her strict Catholic mother’s expectations, her familiar but troubled Harlem neighborhood and her newly found freedom and womanhood.
The Wrath & the Dawn[Series] Renee Ahdieh (YA AHDIEH)
Saga of Shahrzad and Khalid Series. In this reimagining of The Arabian Nights, “Shahrzad” plans to avenge the death of her dearest friend by volunteering to marry the murderous boy-king of Khorasan, but discovers not all is as it seems within the palace.
Red Queen[Series] Victoria Aveyard (YA AVEYARD)
The common Red-blooded serve the Silver-blooded elite, who have superhuman abilities. But Mare, a Red, discovers she too has an ability, and leads the Red rebellion.
Ready Player One Ernest Cline (YA CLINE)
In the not-so-distant future--the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia.
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr (FIC DOERR)
Marie-Laure and Werner’s lives are intricately interwoven as they cope with life in Europe during WWII. This is a story of the ways that people try to be good to one another against all odds.
Neverwhere Neil Gaiman (YA GAIMAN)
No good deed goes unpunished. Helping a bleeding girl plunges the ordinary Richard into London’s deadly underground.
Giant Days[Graphic Novel] [Series] John Allison (YA GN GIANT DAYS)
Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But things are about to get a little weird.
The Fault in Our Stars John Green (YA GREEN)
The story of two ’kindred spirits’, Hazel and Augustus, who bond over their cancer afflictions and try to find meaning in it all. Warning: have tissues on-hand.
The You I’ve Never Known Ellen Hopkins (YA HOPKINS)
With both joy and fear, seventeen-year-old Ariel begins to explore her sexuality, while living with her controlling, abusive father who has told Ariel that her mother deserted her years ago.
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini (YA HOSSEINI)
“I thought of the life I had lived until the winter of 1975 came along & changed everything. And made me what I am today.”
Les Miserables Victor Hugo (YA HUGO)
The 19th century French convict Jean- Valjean struggles to escape his past and reaffirm his humanity in a world brutalized by poverty and ignorance.
Burn Baby Burn Meg Medina (YA MEDINA) It’s the unforgettable summer of 1977 in New York City. There is a record setting heat wave, the Son of Sam Killer, a citywide blackout; and 17-year-old Nora must face it all head on.
Dumplin’ Julie Murphy (YA MURPHY)
Willowdean is fat and that’s fine. But her real test of confidence is when she enters the local beauty pageant, oh horror...
The Knife of Never Letting Go[Trilogy] Patrick Ness (YA NESS)
Chaos Walking Trilogy. All of the women are dead, and everyone’s thoughts—even their most intimate—are blasted loud and clear. Humanity seems doomed...but Todd finds a bubble of silence.
All the Bright Places Jennifer Niven (YA NIVEN)
Theodore and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower, teetering on the edge, the start of an unlikely relationship; and deep desire to heal and save one another.
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell (YA ROWELL)
Cath is world renowned for her awesome Simon Snow fan fiction, but can make it in the real world in her first year of college?
If I Was Your Girl Meredith Russo (YA RUSSO)
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret, so when she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.
The Hate U Give Angie Thomas (YA THOMAS)
After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
The Sun Is Also a Star Nicola Yoon (YA YOON)
Natasha, whose family is hours away from being deported, and Daniel, a first generation Korean American who strives to live up to his parents' expectations, fall in love and must determine which path they’ll choose to be together.
Goodbye Days Jeff Zentner (YA ZENTNER) Some things you cannot take back. Like that text Carver sent to his friend while he was driving. Now Carver’s best friends are dead and it might be all his fault.
Falling Into Place Amy Zhang (YA ZHANG) One cold fall day, high school junior Liz Emerson steers her car into a tree. This haunting and heartbreaking story is told by a surprising and unexpected narrator and unfolds in nonlinear flashbacks even as Liz's friends, foes, and family gather at the hospital and Liz clings to life.
American Street Ibi Aanu Zoboi (YA ZOBOI)
When Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States, Fabiola must navigate her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, and a new school, all on her own.
The 57 Bus Dashka Slater (364.1555 SLA) Dashka Slater is an award winning journalist who offers an illuminating account of the attack on Sasha, a genderqueer teen, by Richard, an African –American teen while riding on the 57 bus. The aftermath is both a cautionary and inspiring tale.
March[Graphic Novel] [Trilogy] John Lewis (YA GN 921 LEWIS)
A first-hand account of the author's lifelong struggle for civil and human rights spans his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the birth of the Nashville Student Movement.