The Top 25 Young Adult Novels of 2014

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It has been an absolute break-out year for young adult literature. With movies like The Fault In Our Stars, Divergent, and Mockingjay: Part I practically breaking the box office, and loads and loads of think pieces about adults reading YA fiction, young adult has broken into the mainstream conversation. Hey, you haven’t made it until the haters are tearing you down, right? Subsequently, it was a great year to be a young adult author — but it was an even more amazing year to be a young adult reader, because those authors were up to the challenge.

There were so many amazing YA fiction novels out in 2014 that it was a major challenge to choose only 25 to name. To do so, I eliminated some great choices from deserving authors. Notably, I didn’t include any middle grade books because the nomination possibilities almost became endless. But I would be remiss not to shout out two of my favorite MG books of 2014. The first, of course, is Jacqueline Woodson’s wonderful, and National Book Award For Young People’s Literature-winning, book Brown Girl Dreaming. The second is the creator of the Baby-sitters Club Ann M. Martin’s dazzling Rain Reign , about a young girl on the autistic spectrum who goes looking for her beloved dog in a hurricane.

The top 25 best books of 2014 are presented in no particular order, except for my No. 1 book of the year, which is celebrated at the end.

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