2017 has been an exciting year for young adult books so far with so many incredible new novels emerging for teens to get stuck into. From exciting fantasy to relatable real-world drama to riveting sci-fi and thrillers, there is something to please everyone. It's hard to narrow down all the amazing new novels that have been published this year into a list of just ten but we've just about managed it. Here is our list of the best YA books of 2017.
Flora's anterograde amnesia means she hasn't been able to hold on to day-to-day memories since she was ten, she can't even remember her age. But, when Flora kisses a boy the memory, for once, isn't gone the next day. Flora remembers the boy but she thinks he's gone to the Artic, could following him help her find her memories again? This incredible and moving novel will stay with you long after you've finished reading.
This is a powerful novel of our times, inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, Angie Thomas's book addresses themes of race, police brutality and more in this gripping read. Caught between the conflicting communities of her poor neighbourhood and her posh high school, 16-year-old Starr finds herself in a unique position. When Starr's unarmed best friend, Khalil, is shot and killed by a police officer, she wants justice but realises if speaks up she is putting herself in real danger. Discover this eye-opening and unforgettable story for yourself.
The first book in Veronica Roth's sci-fi duology was much anticipated before its release this year. The author of the Divergent series is back with a new thrilling series about a planet where everyone has a currentgift, a type of special power. Cyra's brother, a tyrant and leader of the Shotet soldiers, abuses her power for his own gain. Akos and his brother, dwellers of a peaceful nation, are captured by Shotet soldiers. Cyra and Akos realise they must save each other to save themselves despite the hostilities between their countries and reclaim their gifts once and for all.
After 17-year-old OCD-afflicted Griffin loses best friend, Theo, in a drowning accident, Griffin decides to befriend Theo's boyfriend, Jackson to discover all he didn't know about Theo's life. Over the course of the story, however, Griffin starts to lose control and struggle with his mental health as he learns to come to terms with his grief. This fascinating story of love and loss is a unique look in a very interesting character and the people around him.
Natalie C. Anderson
This thriller set in Kenya sees Tina, a street-thief, lose her mother after she is murdered at the home of a rich Kenyan businessman. Tina decides to seek revenge and when she is tasked with carrying out a robbery in the very house her mother was killed in, she sets her plan in motion. However, when Tina is caught by his son, Michael, she learns that everything is not as it seems.
This story about twins, Molly and Cassie, is a comedic look into the struggles of teenage girls. Molly has had 26 crushes but never a boyfriend because she is self-conscious about her weight. But, when Cassie gets herself a girlfriend, Mina, Molly finds herself attracted to both Mina's best friend, Will, and her co-worker, Reid. This funny and relatable story about love and insecurity is perfect for teenage girls everywhere.
Louna works in wedding planning during the summer, and being surrounded by all the issues faced in organising the big day, from controlling grooms to missing brides, makes Louna cynical about love. That is, until she meets Ambrose, who believes that he has found the girl of his dreams in Louna. This fun story about teenage love has been hugely popular this year and is the perfect book for young romance fans.
Liesl has been obsessed with the mysterious figure of the Goblin King, all her life and she has written endless compositions inspired by him. When her sister is taken by the Goblin King she journeys to the Underground to rescue her. Only to find she is yet still mesmerised by the King. Her skill as a musician improves yet her life out of the Underground is slipping away. This unusual fantasy is an exciting read from start to finish.
This book, told from the dual perspectives of Dimple and Rishi, two Indian Americans with completely different ideas about their parents' traditions is a hilarious and eye-opening story. Dimple wants to break free from the traditions her parents' thrive to continue, especially the practice of arranged marriage. Rishi, on the other hand, is happy to follow these traditions and his parents believe Dimple would be a good match for him. Opposites attract in this exciting new YA rom-com.
When Fliss's mum needs time to recover from an illness, they go and stay with Fliss's overbearing grandmother, Margot, at her farm. Fliss starts to resent her grandmother and her stern ways when she stumbles across Margot's old diary describing the time she spent evacuated during wartime. Through this diary, Fliss sees a side to her grandmother she had never known as she learns all about the adventures Margot had until she comes across a secret that she shouldn't have ever uncovered.
To find more exciting new novels then check out our full selection of YA books.