2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

The Young Adult Library Services Association has selected the following Top Ten Fiction Books for 2014:


All the Truth That’s in Me
Julie Berry

Judith is a pariah after her tongue is cut out. But when war threatens her village she must find her voice.


Kristin Elizabeth Clark

What do you do when your outside doesn’t match your inside? In this free-verse novel, Brendan, a gender-questioning teen, wrestles with his identity.


Better Nate Than Ever
Tim Federle

Broadway enthusiast Nate ventures out on his own from suburban Pittsburgh to the Big Apple for a chance at musical stardom. Hilarity ensues.


Far Far Away
Tom McNeal

Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s life is full of delicious cakes, funny pranks, and dangerous mistakes. It’s almost like he’s living in a modern fairy tale.


Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor has bright red hair and a thrift store wardrobe. Park wears “guyliner” and reads comics. They don’t fit in anywhere except with each other.


Marcus Sedgwick

On a remote, mysterious island in Scandinavia, two souls seek each other out again and again through seven stories that span centuries.


Out of the Easy
Ruta Sepetys

Life can be sleazy in the Big Easy especially for 17-year-old Josie, who’s itching to get out of New Orleans and start a better life.


Andrew Smith / Illustrated by Sam Bosma.

Fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean navigates the twists and turns of boarding school with the help of his rugby teammates and his best friend, with whom he is helplessly in love.


Golden Boy
Tara Sullivan

Can you put a price on an albino’s life? In Tanzania, you can.


Rose Under Fire
Elizabeth Wein

During World War II, a female transport pilot is captured and sent to a German concentration camp where she bears witness to starvation, corporal punishment, and medical experimentation.

YALSA also posted a complete list of 2014 Best Fiction for Teens, comprised of 98 titles. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

How many did you read?

-Michael Hawkins
Head of Adult Services