2017 was definitely a roller coaster ride. There were some incredible peaks, plenty of quick drops and more than a few twists and turns. We costumed up and partied at the Library Comic Con, saw the sun go dark during the Great American Eclipse, and fought the rise of fake news.
But 2017 was also another awesome year for YA books. We read SO MANY great books this year, it was hard to choose our favorites. We cheered for new titles from past favorites John Green and Philip Pullman. We were bowled over by brand new authors like Angie Thomas and Sandhya Menon. And we loved seeing YA lit continue to tackle topics relevant to all teens, reflecting the diversity that surrounds us every day.
Without any further adieu, here is your HCPL Teen Librarians’ Top Teen Reads of 2017. You may just find your next book to read on this list – click on the titles to head to our catalog and place copies on hold!
We dedicate this list to Amanda Giannini (1982-2017), Teen Librarian at the Fairfield Library. We miss you, Amanda.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, recommended by Adrienne at Libbie Mill Library, Aimee at Tuckahoe Library, Alicia at Library Administrative Offices, and Amanda & John at Twin Hickory Library
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds, recommended by Amanda at Twin Hickory Library, Ame at Library Administrative Offices, Chris at Fairfield Library, Natasha at Varina Library, and Rachel at Libbie Mill Library
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, recommended by Aimee at Tuckahoe Library, Alicia at Library Administrative Offices, and Rachel at Libbie Mill Library
Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, recommended by Chris at Fairfield Library and Trisha at Twin Hickory Library
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, recommended by Adrienne at Libbie Mill Library and Gay Lynn at Twin Hickory Library
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, recommended by Ame & Alicia at Library Administrative Offices
All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater, recommended by Kendall at Library Administrative Offices
The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, recommended by Rick at Library Administrative Offices
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova, recommended by Drew at Glen Allen Library
Caraval by Stephanie Garber, recommended by Kareemah at Varina Library
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting it Done by Andrea Gonzales, recommended by Cammy at Tuckahoe Library
In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan, recommended by Kendall at Library Administrative Offices
Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore, recommended by Ame at Library Administrative Offices
The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell, recommended by Kendall at Library Administrative Offices
Looking for Group by Rory Harrison, recommended by Nik at Varina Library
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord, recommended by Rachel at Libbie Mill Library
Refugee by Alan Gratz, recommended by Gay Lynn at Twin Hickory Library
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld (Illus. by Alex Puvilland), recommended by Adrienne at Libbie Mill Library
The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore, recommended by Natasha at Varina Library
The Stone Heart by Faith Erin Hicks, recommended by Drew at Glen Allen Library
Train I Ride by Paul Mosier, recommended by Gay Lynn at Twin Hickory Library
Trell by Dick Lehr, recommended by Trisha at Twin Hickory Library
Wait for Me by Caroline Leech, recommended by Drew at Glen Allen Library
Windwitch by Susan Dennard, recommended by Madison at Tuckahoe Library
You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner, recommended by Nik at Varina Library