Best Fiction for Young Adults

About the Best Fiction for Young Adults The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA) Committee evolved from a committee established under the School Libraries Section of ALA, which was charged with producing a list of 1930s "Best Books for Young People."  The committee has undergone several changes of focus and names over the years, including the Book Selection Committee (1954), and later the Committee for the Selection of Significant Adult Books for Young People (1963). It became the Best Books for Young Adults Committee (BBYA) in 1966. As publishing for the young adult market grew exponentially (over 2,000 titles per year in 2008) and seven other YALSA selection and award lists for young adults were created since its inception, Best Books for Young Adults was restructured and named Best Fiction for Young Adults by the YALSA Board of Directors at the midwinter meeting in 2010.  

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2013 Selection(s)


Author: Grant, Michael. Publisher: Egmont, 2012.

A war is raging in the nano…where biots and nanobots battle in the brain for control of the human race. For the soldiers of BZRK and AFCG it victory or madness.

A Certain October

Author: Johnson, Angela. Publisher: Simon & Schuster, 2012.

After surviving a train accident that killed her friend, Scotty must reevaluate her life and find a way to forgive herself.


Author: Hiaasen, Carl.Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.

Wahoo lives with a bunch of animals, including his father.  When they get contacted to provide animals for the show Expedition Survival they agree- but can they live through it?

Eve & Adam

Author: Grant, Michael and Katherine Applegate. Publisher: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2012.

What if you could design the perfect boy?  Eve is given the chance; but what are the consequences of playing god?

The Fault in Our Stars.

author: Green, John. Publisher: Penguin/Dutton Juvenile, 2012.

Hazel and Gus are both Cancer Kids with very different prognoses when they meet and bond over what they share outside of their disease. Funny, poignant, charming, honest and powerful.

Have a Nice Day

Author: Halpern, Julie. Publisher: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends, 2012.

Home after a stay in a mental institution, Anna discovers that maintaining her improved outlook is a challenge as the stresses of life that sent her there in the first place are pretty much the same. It’s really up to her to make a difference, and perhaps a sense of humor will help.

The Immortal Rules

Author: Kagawa, Julie. Publisher: Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, 2012.

Allison lives in a society that requires humans to register as blood donors for the ruling class of vampires. Instead of surrendering to their demands, she survives on the fringes of the city by scavenging for food and banding together with other runaways. However, the situation changes drastically when she finds herself at the top of the food chain.

Radiant Days

Author: Hand, Elizabeth. Publisher: Penguin/Viking, 2012.

Art student Merle and poet Arthur Rimbaud may live in separate continents and time periods but one night together will change their lives forever.


Author: Hartman, Rachel. Publisher: Random House, 2012.

Intriguingly, in this world, dragons can transform at will into the body of a human. Part human, part dragon, Seraphina must hide her heritage  as the tenuous peace her country has with dragons seems likely to slip away as unknown elements are stirring up trouble that even Seraphina’s music can’t assuage.


Author: Harrington, Hannah. Publisher: Harlequin/Harlequin Teen, 2012.

Chelsea could never keep her mouth shut, always having to tell the latest gossip as soon as she heard it.  The latest secret she tells causes someone to almost die.  What happens when she decides to take a vow of silence?