2014 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

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

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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.

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Freakboy
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Midwinterblood
Marcus Sedgwick

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

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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.

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Winger
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.

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Golden Boy
Tara Sullivan

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

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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