Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Young Adult Books of 2017

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I didn’t realize how many young adult, middle grade, and childrens’ books I read in 2017 until I typed up this post. Wow, there were a lot!

Five of the books on this week’s list were stories I reviewed for Long and Short Reviews YA over the past year. Click on their titles below to learn more about why I loved them each one of them so much. The other half were tales I read for the sheer fun of it, so I’ll go into a little more detail about why I enjoyed them in today’s post.

1.  Bats at the Library by Brian Lies.

Not only were the illustrations utterly gorgeous, I loved the idea of the library being such an appealing place to visit that a whole family of bats would sneak in to visit it after hours.

2. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas.

I know I’ve talked about this book in at least one previous TTT post, but it was a wonderful read. It had so many worthwhile but also difficult things to say about racism, justice, and how some parts of society respond when young black kids are killed.  I’ve been recommending it to everyone I know since I finished reading it.

3. High Summons by Eli Celata.

I was mesmerized by the idea of someone spending the first eighteen years of their life with no idea that they had magical powers. This was the first of many surprises for Jon.

4. “The Hired Girl” by Laura Amy Schlitz.

Confession: Joan was one of those characters that’s honestly hard to love at times. She had very strong opinions about how life was supposed to work, and she didn’t always share them in diplomatic ways.

There was still something appealing about her, though, especially when she decided to take charge of her life after she realized her family wasn’t going to be at all supportive of her dream to attend high school.

5. Princess Rosalinda and the Color Pink by Marcel Szenessy.

This is something I wish had been around when I was a kid. The message in it was as funny as it was important.

 

6. “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness.

I should warn you in advance that I cried my way through the second half of this book. The plot was about a young boy whose mother has been diagnosed with a disease that was now killing her. After meeting a monster, he decided to do anything the beast said if it would spare his mother’s life.

7. Elphie and Dad Go on an Epic Adventure by Hagit R. Oron and Or Oron.

Everything about this picture book was fun. It’s also something I wouldn’t mind reading aloud over and over again, and that’s always a bonus for this genre.

8. “Allegedly” by Tiffany D. Jackson.

The premise of this story was very loosely based on a real murder case about a baby who died after being left alone with an older child. The plot began when Mary was a teenager living in a group home many years after the baby’s death. After discovering she was pregnant, she only has a few months to prove she didn’t murder that baby when she was alone with it. If she can’t prove her innocence, her own baby will be taken away from her as soon as it is born.

This was one of the most suspenseful things I’ve read in a long time. While I’m still not entirely sure what I think of the ending, I loved reading it and coming up with my own theories about how it would end.

9. A Colorless Blue by M.W. Muse.

To be honest, this was another tear-jerker. No sooner did I figure out how I thought it was going to end, though, than the narrator completely surprised me.

10. “The Nest” by Kenneth Oppel.

This was the best middle grade story I read in 2017. The main character had a sick baby brother, and he made a strange deal with a talking wasp who promised to heal the baby.

The plot only became odder after that point. I can’t say much about it without giving away spoilers, but I did enjoy seeing how that promise played out and what happened when the boy agreed to a deal that he didn’t understand.

What were your favorite young adult books of 2017?

Comments

  1. A Monster Calls is so good! Well, the movie is. I haven’t read the book, but I did watched the movie and it was really sad and just heartbreaking.

    • I haven’t seen that movie yet, but I’ve heard nothing but good things about it. I hope you enjoy the book, too, if you read it.

  2. A Monster Calls is my favourite book of 2017. I cried so much reading it. The story is heartbreaking and I really connected with it on a personal level. I am very tempted to get the illustrated edition.

    Carmen`s Reading Corner

  3. The Hate U Give is such an incredible book, deserves all the awards it’s won and been nominated for! Can’t wait to see what else Angie Thomas has in store! Great list!

  4. A Monster Calls …. it’s so good, but I cry just thinking about the ending. There are some books I haven’t heard of here. Thanks for introducing me to them. 🙂

  5. Definitely agreeing with THUG on this one! I can’t believe it’s been banned though. It’s a book worth sharing!

  6. I really like the cover of The Hired Girl. I might have to look it up.

  7. Bats at the Library looks super cute (love that cover), and I’ll definitely be looking for that one!

  8. I may be the last person left to read THUG. I saw the A Monster Calls movie and really loved it, so I have to get my hands on the book at some point soon!
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/top-ten-tuesday-137/

    • I hope you’ll be able to read it soon.

      I haven’t seen the movie for A Monster Calls yet, so you’re not the only one who is a little behind. The book it’s based on is wonderful, though.

  9. I just placed a library hold on Allegedly so I’m glad to see its on your list! I’m also hoping to get to THUG before the end of the year.

  10. That first one is certainly topical!

  11. I need to get my hands on THUG one day. I heard nothing but great things about this book.

  12. I really enjoyed The Hate U Give too. Such a good book!

  13. Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment on my TTT post earlier today.

    I haven’t read any of the books on your TTT list, but I want to read A Monster Calls!

  14. The Hate You Give is on my TBR so I hope to get to it soon! I have A Monster Calls on my shelf, but I keep waiting until I’m ready for the heartbreak 🙂

    • Yes, A Monster Calls is definitely a book you have to be in the right headspace to read. It was fantastic, but it also left me a blubbering mess by the final scene. Haha.

  15. A Monster Calls <3 really loved that one. Hadn't cried in a long time before reading it and it made me sob and I love those kinds of books.

  16. Great list! I really need to read The Hate You Give. I hear so many amazing things about it.

  17. Allegedly sounds cool. I think I’m just going to resign myself to the fact that my TBR will never hit 0.
    I’m torn over reading A Monster Calls but I think now it’s been in too many lists for me to not read it.

    • I’ve come to the same conclusion. There are always going to be amazing books out there that I want to read, and I’ll never have enough time to read them all before adding something new to the list. Haha.

      You should definitely check out A Monster Calls, too. It’s fabulous.

  18. I’m kicking myself that I didn’t get to The Hate U Give this year, especially since it’s been getting banned in schools. Makes me want to read it even more! I love Angie Thomas as a person though, and I’m so excited it’s getting made into a movie!! Hopefully I can read it before that happens!! Eek!

    GREAT LIST!!

    • I had no idea that The Hate U Give was being made into a movie. That’s really exciting. I hope you’ll finish the book before it comes out.

  19. Allegedly is one I really want to read. I hope I will get to it in the new year.

  20. I loved A Monster Calls. Allegedly is on my TBR list, so I hope I like it as much as you did.

  21. I really enjoy seeing he wide variety of titles you discuss in your TTTs. I teach 3/4/5 graders and have some students who are above grade level in reading who would love some of these books. Thanks for being a great resource for my kiddos!

  22. The Hired Girl sounds like it would be great- thanks for visiting my blog earlier.

  23. I’ve seen A Monster Calls on a couple lists today and it makes me so happy! That book was so good and worth all the tears. 🙂

  24. I really want to read A Monster Calls, but I’m a little afraid of how sad it will make me. But I loved Patrick Ness’s The Rest of Us Just Live Here. He is such a talented writer. Thanks for your comment to my post!

    • You’re welcome. I must agree that A Monster Calls is quite the tearjerker. You definitely need to be in the right frame of mind to read it (and have plenty of tissues nearby!), but it is so worth it once you get there.

  25. The Nest sounds so weird and so good! I”ll have to look for it at the library. A Monster Calls is such a beautiful book. I really need to watch the movie!

    • The Nest was both weird and excellent. Have fun reading it.

      I’m looking forward to watching the film version of A Monster Calls, too.

  26. I have not read any of these but The Hate U Give and The Hired Girl look interesting. I would say my favorite 2017 book was either A Court of Wings and Ruin or Tower of Dawn.

    Elena @ The Novelistics

  27. Aside from The Hate U Give, I haven’t heard of any of these books before. I’m definitely going to have to check a few of them out though.

    Have a great week.

  28. I’m so glad to see THUG on your list as well! And A Monster Calls is one of my favorite books. Have you already seen the movie? It was so well done! I thought Allegedly was also really good. 🙂

  29. Excellent list! I will have to add A Monster Calls and A Colorless Blue to my pile.;)

  30. Thanks for sharing your favorites. I haven’t read any YA lately but I’m planning on reading ‘The Hate You Give’ soon. Been curious about the book since it was published. ❤️😁

  31. A Monster Calls is just amazing!

  32. The only book I’ve read on your list is The Hate U Give, and I totally agree on everything you’ve said, I try to recommend it to as many people as possible 😊

  33. “The Hired Girl” is one books I’ve spotted around the blogosphere, and admired it’s retro (aka cool!) cover design. But it’s not a book I’ve read much about or looked into (whether or not it’d be a “me book”), so perhaps in 2018, I’ll take a closer look. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland – glad you found some great YA books in 2017!

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