The last two years I’ve participated in an “official” end of year wrap up challenge of sorts. In 2013 it was Fiktshun’s Top 13 of 2013. Last year, I co-hosted an event with a couple other bloggers. This year I decided to tackle it on my own because I haven’t had time to look for an existing event or think about hosting one of my own. So, from now until the end of December, I’ll be looking back on my year of bookish bests.
One thing is for sure – I didn’t read nearly as many young adult books in 2015 as I have in previous years. I planned to step back a bit from YA, but I have no intention of quitting it all together. As it is, I’m still surprised I only read 26 YA books this year. (And DNF’d another three.) It might seem a little strange to pick my favorite 15 from just 26 titles, but I do what I want. 🙂 These books are still totally shout out worthy.
My Favorite Young Adult Books
I tend to shy away from books with a male narrator, but I am SO VERY GLAD I didn’t skip this one. Books like Play On are why I continue to read young adult. This book gave me feels for days and I can’t wait for the sequel, Game On, to be released in September.
It’s no secret I love Miranda Kenneally’s books. Somehow I managed to get behind in her series (because I suck at reading series) but I binged the Hundred Oaks books a little earlier this year. While I enjoyed all of them, Breathe, Annie, Breathe stuck with me the most. Gorgeous story.
As someone who LOVES everything JLA has ever written and was OBSESSED with her Dark Elements series, is it any wonder this book wound up on my best of 2015 list? I was a little concerned about how things would wind up with the love triangle in Every Last Breath given it was left up to the readers to decide the ending, but I found myself thrilled with it.
If you haven’t read The Summer of Chasing Mermaids yet, you’re missing out. Seriously. The characters, the romance, the friendships, the message… gorgeous.
I fell in love with Dahlia Adler’s writing in 2015. Behind the Scenes was the second of her books that I read and it was wonderful. I love a good famous person/regular person romance and I love what she did with this one. The sequel, Under the Lights, was spectacular too.
I LOVED Everything Everything. Not only was the story itself heartwarming and wonderful, but the writing and illustrations were fantastic. They were a beautiful addition to an already special book.
I’m not convinced there’s anyone who writes young adult friendships like Emery Lord does. Last year Open Road Summer took my breath away. This year, The Start of Me and You did the same. I can’t wait for her next book. She’s atop the list of my autobuy YA authors.
The Distance Between Lost and Found is a book I *almost* didn’t read. I’m not big on religion in my books and I feared this one would have too much. While there was a heavy dose of religion, it wasn’t preachy. If anything, I found the underlying message to be the opposite. I really enjoyed it.
While I’m talking about religion in books, I might as well talk about another one on my favorites list, Jennifer Mathieu’s Devoted. This one was honest and thought-provoking, a wonderful coming of age story.
Everyone wants to see characters like themselves in books and that’s exactly what I got with Dumplin’. I think a lot of people would find themselves relating to this book. It wasn’t perfect, but it was a great read.
Is it fair to list a re-read as a favorite book? Well, either way, I’m doing it. My Life Next Door is one of my all time favorite YA contemporaries and I decided to read it again this year in preparation for the release of The Boy Most Likely To. I think I loved it even more the second time around.
The Revenge Playbook is the second of Rachael Allen’s books that I’ve read. I did not enjoy the first one that much. In fact, I *almost* didn’t read this one because of my feelings about the other one. I’m SO GLAD I read this book though. I loved how this book tackled the hard-hitting topics of rape culture, slut-shaming and preferential treatment of athletes, but without making it too overwhelming or preachy. Also, it gave a great look at pre-marital sex in a really honest way. It was so much more than I thought it would be!
I’ve been shying away from series a lot lately and I almost never picked this book up. And oh how I would’ve missed out if I didn’t read Loop. What’s sad is that as much as I enjoyed this, I still didn’t read the second book, Twist. Soon. Really soon.
Until Friday Night was one of my most highly-anticipated YA books of 2015 and one of the books I HAD TO get at BEA. I was a little concerned about it going in because it was getting some pretty bad reviews and, once I started, I understood why. The “hero” was a dick. The heroine was pretty wishy-washy at times. But, somehow, when it was all said and done, I fell in love with this book. It was far from perfect, but it worked for me. (Or at least most of it did.)
I’m not entirely sure why I waited so damn long to read this book, but The Distance Between Us was a fantastic little read. I loved the characters and the sarcasm and pretty much everything else about it.
Have you read any of these books?
Would any of them make your top YA list for the year?
What are some of YOUR favorite YA books of 2015?
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