All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir
With this story of two teens desperate to leave their small town, Tahir proves she’s just as skilled at contemporary fiction as she is at epic fantasy.
Beating Heart Baby by Lio Min
This epic tale of queer validation is an essential read for anyone searching for a blueprint of their soul.
The Epic Story of Every Living Thing by Deb Caletti
Introspective and profoundly engaged, Caletti’s new novel embraces imperfection and inspires empathy.
Hopepunk by Preston Norton
Norton’s stellar novel might be the most punk rock book ever written about religion and forgiveness.
I Kissed Shara Wheeler by Casey McQuiston
The most impressive accomplishment in McQuiston’s first YA book is complicated Shara Wheeler herself.
Man o’ War by Cory McCarthy
This exploration of queer identity ferociously resists the idea that coming out is a simple or straightforward process.
Nothing Burns as Bright as You by Ashley Woodfolk
Woodfolk plumbs the depths of friendship and first love—and the grief that often comes with navigating both.
Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf
Against the backdrop of a cutthroat Scrabble tournament, Alkaf explores loss, celebrates teen determination and sets up a nail-biting mystery.
Squire by Sara Alfageeh and Nadia Shammas
This heart-pounding fantasy graphic novel is filled with silly banter and fast-paced battles.
We Deserve Monuments by Jas Hammonds
Hammonds takes on two challenges—exploring the ugly legacy of racism and telling a moving love story—and succeeds at both.
A Year to the Day by Robin Benway
A Year to the Day is simultaneously gut-wrenching and heartening, as grief and love so often are.