Best YA Books of 2017

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.

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1. The One Memory of Flora Banks

Emily Barr

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.

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2. The Hate U Give

Angie Thomas

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.

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3. Carve the Mark

Veronica Roth

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.

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4. History Is All You Left Me

Adam Silvera

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.

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5. City of Saints & Thieves

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.

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6. The Upside of Unrequited

Becky Albertalli

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.

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7. Once and for All

Sarah Dessen

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.

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8. Wintersong

S. Jae-Jones

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.

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9. When Dimple Met Rishi

Sandhya Menon

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.

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10. Margot and Me

Juno Dawson

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.

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To find more exciting new novels then check out our full selection of YA books.

  • AWOKA 13 years +
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    HOW DO YOU KNOW WHO TO TRUST WHEN YOU CAN'T EVEN TRUST YOURSELF? I look at my hands. One of them says FLORA BE BRAVE. Flora has anterograde amnesia. She can't remember anything day-to-day: the joke her friend made, the instructions her parents gave her, how old she is. Then she kisses someone she shouldn't, and the next day she remembers it. It's the first time she's remembered anything since she was ten. But the boy is gone. She thinks he's moved to the Arctic. Will following him be the key to unlocking her memory? Who can she trust? THE ONE MEMORY OF FLORA BANKS is the unforgettable YA novel to take home in 2017.

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's YA Book Award.
  • AWOZI
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    Fans of Star Wars and Divergent will revel in internationally bestselling author Veronica Roth's stunning new science-fiction fantasy series. On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favoured by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a unique power meant to shape the future. While most benefit from their currentgifts, Akos and Cyra do not - their gifts make them vulnerable to others' control. Can they reclaim their gifts, their fates, and their lives, and reset the balance of power in this world? Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra's currentgift gives her pain and power - something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother's hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows. Akos is from the peace-loving nation of Thuvhe, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Though protected by his unusual currentgift, once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get his brother out alive - no matter what the cost. When Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. They must decide to help each other to survive - or to destroy one another.
  • AYDLA 14 years +
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    A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century. Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl's struggle for justice. Movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.

    Joint winner of the British Book Award Children's Book of the Year 2018

    This title has been shortlisted for 2018's CILIP Carnegie Medal.
  • AWXEZ
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    All her life, Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, dangerous Goblin King. They've enraptured her spirit and inspired her musical compositions. Now eighteen, Liesl can't help but feel that her musical dreams and childhood fantasies are slipping away.But when her sister is taken by the Goblin King, Liesl must journey to the Underground to save her. Drawn to the strange, captivating world she finds-and the mysterious man who rules it-she soon faces an impossible decision. With time and the old laws working against her, Liesl must discover who she truly is before her fate is sealed.
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    You're still alive in alternate universes, Theo, but I live in the real world where this morning you're having an open casket funeral. I know you're out there, listening. And you should know I'm really pissed because you swore you would never die and yet here we are. It hurts even more because this isn't the first promise you've broken. OCD-afflicted seventeen-year-old, Griffin, has just lost his first love - his best friend, ex-boyfriend and the boy he believed to be his ultimate life partner - in a drowning accident. In a desperate attempt to hold onto every last piece of the past, a broken Griffin forges a friendship with Theo's new college boyfriend, Jackson. And Griffin will stop at nothing to learn every detail of Theo's new college life, and ultimate death. But as the grieving pair grows closer, readers will question Griffin's own version of the truth - both in terms of what he's willing to hide, and what true love ultimately means...Praise for History is All You Left Me "History Is All You Left Me overflows with tenderness and heartache. Even when its hero is screwing up royally, maybe especially then, Silvera's humanity and compassion carve out a space where it's not the falling that's important, it's how you pick yourself back up. There isn't a teenager alive who won't find their heart described perfectly on these pages." Patrick Ness "Adam Silvera is a master at capturing the infinite small heartbreaks of love and loss and grief. History Is All You Left Me is a beautiful meditation on what it means to survive devastating loss. This book will make you cry, think, and then cry some more." Nicola Yoon
  • AWRIO
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    How can you hate someone in the present and love them in the past? Fliss's mum needs peace and quiet to recuperate from a long illness, so they both move to the countryside to live with Margot, Fliss's stern and bullying grandmother. Life on the farm is tough and life at school is even tougher, so when Fliss unearths Margot's wartime diary, she sees an opportunity to get her own back. But Fliss soon discovers Margot's life during the evacuation was full of adventure, mystery ...and even passion. What's more, she learns a terrible secret that could tear her whole family apart ...
  • AYHUP
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    Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love-she's lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness-except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny, flirtatious, and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she'll get her first kiss and she'll get her twin back. There's only one problem: Molly's coworker, Reid. He's an awkward Tolkien superfan, and there's absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?
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    As bubbly as champagne and delectable as wedding cake, Once and for All, is set in the world of wedding planning, where crises are routine. Louna spends her summers helping brides plan their perfect day and handling every kind of crises: missing brides, scene-stealing bridesmaids and controlling grooms. Not surprising then, that she's deeply cynical about happy-ever-afters, especially since her own first love ended in tragedy. When handsome girl magnet Ambrose enters her life, Louna won't take him seriously. But Ambrose hates not getting what he wants and Louna is the girl he's been waiting for. Maybe it's not too late for a happy ending after all? 'When I read a Sarah Dessen novel, I'm sixteen again, in the flush of first love.' Jodi Picoult
  • BCWXS
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    The arranged marriage YA romcom you didn't know you wanted or needed...Meet Dimple.Her main aim in life is to escape her traditional parents, get to university and begin her plan for tech world domination.Meet Rishi.He's rich, good-looking and a hopeless romantic. His parents think Dimple is the perfect match for him, but she's got other plans...Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. Perfect for fans of Rainbow Rowell, Jenny Han and Nicola Yoon, WHEN DIMPLE MET RISHI is a frothy, funny contemporary romance set at a coding convention in San Francisco over one exciting summer. Told from the dual perspectives of two Indian American protagonists, Dimple is fighting her family traditions while Rishi couldn't be happier to follow in the footsteps of his parents. Could sparks fly between this odd couple, or is this matchmaking attempt doomed to fail?
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    The Hunger Games meets The Thief Lord in this enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya. In the shadows of Sangui City, a street-thief called Tina patiently plots her revenge. Her mother has been shot dead at the home of one of Kenya's richest businessmen, and Tina is sure she knows who's to blame. When a local gang asks her to steal from his home, it's the chance Tina has been waiting for. But as she steps inside, old wounds resurface and she is caught red-handed by his son, Michael. The pair set in motion a cascade of dangerous events that could, at any moment, cost Tina her life. The desire to uncover the incredible truth about who killed her mother - and why - keeps her holding on in this fast-paced, nail-biting thriller.