As 2013 comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at the best young adult novels of the past year. I’ve recently been posting individual reviews for the books that have made my picks this year, but it’s time to compile those titles into one, easy-to-reference list.
It’s hard to say this is the most definitive list, as I certainly did not read all of the new YA books that came out in 2013. But I read heavily, and of the new books that I did read, the following 14 books are my picks for the year’s best.
This list is also a pretty clear sign that what others have been predicting is likely to be true: that 2014 is going to be “the” year of contemporary fiction in YA. Contemporary has been growing in popularity, thanks in large part to smash hits like John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park (the latter of which you’ll find on this list).
2014 certainly seems poised to continue the trend of contemporary fiction being a strong staple in new YA fiction, though dystopian, science fiction, and paranormal continue to be popular.
Take a look at the following picks for this year’s best YA fiction, and then tell us in the comments which new YA books of 2013 are your picks for the year’s best!