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Nine New Must-Read YA Novels of 2013

Calling All YA Readers – Both Young and Young-at-Heart

Every summer, our Youth Services librarians vote for their favorite new Young Adult fiction published since January.

This year’s results (ranked by number of votes) are:


Eleanor and Park
by Rainbow Rowell

6 votes - reviewed by Pat
There are so many things to love about this book. Two misfits–Eleanor, with her wild outfits, flaming red hair and complicated family and Park, half-Korean, obsessed with music and comic books and with his own family issues–slowly, bravely find their way into each others hearts. They will surely stake a claim on yours as you obsessively turn the pages, savoring these characters, their stories, the writing, the everything. I listened to the audio book the second time around and that was also awesome. Read this book and you’ll be going around telling all of your friends they have to read it, too. And it’s not just me saying it–even John Green says to read this book. And he wouldn’t steer you wrong.
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Quintana of Charyn
by Melina Marchetta

4 votes - reviewed by Lisa
The Lumatere Chronicles are some of my favorite, favorite books. They’re all complexly plotted and thought-provoking with characters you come to love, and hate to leave. Dealing with genocide, revenge, love and hope, they’re not light reads, but they’re the best reads ever!



Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
by Lucy Knisley

4 votes - reviewed by Ashley
A graphic novel about food? Of course I liked it. Both of Lucy’s parents are involved with food—her mom is a chef and her dad is a gourmet. Lucy shares her life as it is told by food. She talks about foods she associates with different parts of her life—especially the places and people in it. The illustrations and stories are tied together wonderfully and there are so many recipes included in the book that are totally easy to try at home (and totally worth it). If you’re a foodie or just a fan of graphic novels and looking for something different, you have to check it out.


OCD, the Dude, and Me
by Lauren Roedy Vaughn

3 votes - reviewed by Lisa
Journal entries, letters to her therapist, and emails tell the humorous story of Danielle’s senior year as she copes with OCD, a social skills class, and her love/less life. I found it funny and eye-opening.



Paper Valentine
by Brenna Yavnoff

3 votes - reviewed by Karen
Elegant writing brings authenticity to the very real issue of body image that teens face while entwining a chilling murder mystery. Hannah is haunted by the ghost of her best friend Lillian who self-destructed six months ago. When the insufferable heat of July brings a series of grisly murders to town, Lillian won’t stop until Hannah investigates. But Hannah’s more interested in Finny Boone, the bad boy and moving on; it’s time to let Lillian go. Will Lillian let Hannah move on or will she be entangled in a murder investigation?


Dark Triumph
by Robin Lefevers

2 votes - reviewed by Katie
Can a sequel about assassin nuns be even better than a first book about assassin nuns? This book answers that question with a resounding YES.



Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
by Prudence Shen and Faith Erin Hicks

2 votes - reviewed by Nico
If you are a fan of realistic fiction, don’t forget to check out the graphic novel shelf. Not only is this a very fun slice of life, but the art is fabulous.I loved this look into the life of the nice popular guy who everyone thinks they can use to their own advantage. Charlie and his friends are some of my favorite characters of the year, most definitely.


by Marcus Sedgwick

2 votes – reviewed by Librarian M
Past lives, human sacrifice, ghost stories, and more. You’ll want to read this book carefully, then read it again to make sure you didn’t miss anything.



Out of the Easy
by Ruta Septys

2 votes – reviewed by Katie
The tale of Josie in 1950s New Orleans is even more stunning than the cover of this wonderful book, which is saying something. Ruta Sepetys is the new Queen of Historical Fiction.



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