Must-see novels for young adults from the past year

Each month we’ll highlight some of the most popular books from the past year.

“Applaud when you land” by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo won the 2020 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fiction with a powerful verse novel about love, loss and family. Camino and Yahaira Rios didn’t even know they were sisters until their father died in a plane crash. Now they’re learning more than they want to know about the ties (and knots) that bind families together. Bonus trivia: Acevedo is also a national slam poetry champion.

“One of us is next” (“One of us is lying” # 2) by Karen M. McManus

The highly anticipated sequel to the popular New York Times thriller “One of Us Is Lying”. There’s a new mystery to be solved at Bayview High, and there’s a whole new set of rules.

“A Good Girl Guide to Murder” by Holly Jackson

Pretty and popular high school student Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend, Sal Singh, who later committed suicide. It was all anyone could talk about. And five years later, Pip sees how tragedy still haunts his town.

But she can’t shake the feeling that there was more to what happened that day. She knew Sal when she was a child, and he’s always been so nice to her. How could he have been a killer?

It’s the story of an investigation turned obsession, full of twists and turns and with an ending you never expect.

“Felix Ever After” by Kacen Callender

Stonewall and Lambda award-winning author Kacen Callender presents a revealing novel by YA about a transgender teenager struggling with identity and self-discovery while falling in love for the first time.

After:Local author Melina Druga shares the book that inspired her

Emma Lord’s “Cute Tweet”

A fresh and compelling romantic comedy from first author Emma Lord about the chances we take, the paths life can lead us on, and how love can be found where you expect it to be.

“You should see me in a crown” by Leah Johnson

Liz Lighty always believed she was too black, too poor, too clumsy to shine in her small, wealthy, ball-obsessed Midwestern town. But that’s okay – Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana forever: attend ultra-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.

But when the financial aid she was counting on suddenly drops, Liz’s plans fall apart… until she remembers her school’s scholarship for the King and Queen of the prom. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, fierce competitors and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight, she’s ready to do whatever it takes. to get to Pennington.

After:10 must-read mystery books from last year

“Yes, no, maybe” by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

New York Times bestselling authors Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed have crafted a resonant, funny and memorable story about the power of love and resistance.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes’ “Legacy Games”

Avery Grambs has a plan for a brighter future: survive high school, earn a scholarship, and get out. But his fortune changes in an instant when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne dies and leaves Avery with nearly all of his fortune. The trap ? Avery doesn’t know why – or even who Tobias Hawthorne is. To receive his legacy, Avery must move into the sprawling Hawthorne House filled with secret passageways, where each room carries the touch of the old man – and his love of puzzles, riddles, and codes.

Unfortunately for Avery, Hawthorne House is also occupied by the family that Tobias Hawthorne has just dispossessed. This includes the four Hawthorne grandsons who grew up with hopes that one day they would inherit billions.

Caught in a world of wealth and privilege, with dangers at every turn, Avery will have to play the game herself just to survive.

“The Gravity of Us” by Phil Stamper

As a successful social media reporter with half a million followers, 17-year-old Cal is used to sharing his life online. But when his pilot father is selected for a high-profile NASA mission to Mars, Cal and his family move from Brooklyn to Houston and are immersed in a media circus.

In the midst of the chaos, Cal meets the sensitive and mysterious Leon, another “Astrokid,” and finds himself falling head over heels – quickly. As the frenzy around the mission grows, so does their connection. But when secrets about the program are uncovered, Cal must find a way to reveal the truth without hurting the people who have become most important to him.

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