Young Adult Staff Picks


 

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All My Rage: A Novel By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780593202340
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Razorbill - March 1st, 2022

This book ripped out my heart and destroyed my soul - please you have to read it. It’s a roller coaster ride of emotions from beginning to end that I couldn’t put down. For all the teenagers who feel like they’re being forced to grow up too fast, this is for you.

- Samantha


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The Last True Poets of the Sea By Julia Drake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781368048088
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 1st, 2019

Violet is 1) trying NOT to sleep around anymore, 2) attempting to locate a shipwreck that her ancestor survived, 3) working at the local aquarium with the cutest guy ever, 4) questioning her straightness, and while her brother is on the mend in the hospital. A witty, hilarious, and endearing novel that isn't afraid to tackle promiscuity and suicide among young adults in an honest, healthy, and humorous way, it's another important step to make YA lit reflect the lives of actual teens. Will make you long for the taste of saltwater and taffy of New England summers. (And for the drama kids: it's a retelling of Twelfth Night.)

- Aurora


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American Betiya By Anuradha D. Rajurkar Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781984897152
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - March 9th, 2021

Smart. Frustrating. Funny. Everything you want in a good coming-of-age story. It is about first loves, in general - finding oneself, discerning one's boundaries, desires, expectations - as well as about living bi-culturally, Indian-American, in specific.

- Genay


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Warcross By Marie Lu Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780399547973
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Speak - June 26th, 2018

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I Kissed Shara Wheeler: A Novel By Casey McQuiston Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250244451
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Wednesday Books - May 3rd, 2022

Rivals to lovers, a mystery that needs solved, and the modern take on a popular, perfect, manic pixie dream girl. 
I read this book in one sitting. You should, too.

- Rayna


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The Inheritance Games By Jennifer Lynn Barnes Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780759555402
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - July 27th, 2021

This was so much fun! An exciting, fast-paced tale of mystery and intrigue. Perfect for fans of Knives Out with a dash of Cinderella thrown in.

- Samantha


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Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale (Once Upon A Con #1) By Ashley Poston Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781683690436
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Quirk Books - May 15th, 2018

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Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) By Elizabeth Lim Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780593126028
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Ember - June 2nd, 2020

A truly beautiful and well constructed novel, Spin the Dawn is an instant favorite. As a former composer, Elizabeth Lim’s words are undeniably lyrical and magical. Maia takes her father’s place in the competition for Imperial Tailor, hiding both her gender and her magical scissors. The stakes are raised when Maia must journey across the country for the three magical supplies to sew three dresses of the goddess. Maia must face bandits, demons, and her past to find the enchanted items and break the oath of her newly found true love. This character-driven fantasy will capture you on page one and keep you guessing until the very end.

— Samantha


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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda By Becky Albertalli Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062348685
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Balzer + Bray - June 7th, 2016

This is exactly what my 17-year-old self wanted to read: a coming-out, love story that doesn't end in death. The charming characters and Simon's mysterious (but probably v. handsome) pen pal are bonus.

— Landon


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Speak By Laurie Halse Anderson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780312674397
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Square Fish - May 10th, 2011

Speak blew me away when I read it, and although it came out almost twenty year ago, it withstands the test of time. The subject matter is dark, the narrator compelling and likable and the story one that still must be told.

— Lauren


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Feed By M.T. Anderson Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780763662622
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - July 17th, 2012

Fantastic sci-fi. Gently satiric, a dystopia that hits just at the edge of our present. Because it's like, technology, cool! What if we had the internet in our brains, think of all the information we would have, think of all we could do! Like buy more stuff! Sexy.

— Laurel


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A Great and Terrible Beauty (The Gemma Doyle Trilogy #1) By Libba Bray Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385732314
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Ember - March 22nd, 2005

Come for the dark and gorgeous magic, the mysterious boarding school, and the budding romance across class lines; stay for the bildungsroman of a complex character learning to express feminine power in an oppresive Victorian society. Recommended for: those becoming themselves.

— Val


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Looking for Alaska By John Green Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780142402511
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Penguin Books - December 28th, 2006

A teen novel not afraid to tackle the big questions and the most unthinkable parts of life, this one hit different from the rest when it came out and it still does. In classic John Green style, it's also funny, kinda nerdy, and has a lot of heart.

— Aurora


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Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis By Alexis Coe Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781936976607
Availability: Not On Our Shelves - Available to Order
Published: Pulp/Zest Books - October 7th, 2014

The lesbian murder mystery of your (my) dreams. And the best part is...it all really happened! In 1892!
 

— Laurel


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Caraval By Stephanie Garber Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781250095268
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Flatiron Books - May 1st, 2018

A heady mix of Sleep No More, Labyrinth, The Princess Bride, and my high school prom.

— Cristin


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Furyborn (The Empirium Trilogy) By Claire Legrand Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9781492678779
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Sourcebooks Fire - April 2nd, 2019

I got yer intersectional feminist high fantasy sweeping epic RIGHT HERE, pal.

— Cristin


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The Knife of Never Letting Go (with bonus short story): Chaos Walking: Book One By Patrick Ness Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780763676186
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - July 22nd, 2014

Where do you go after The Hunger Games? For my money, the Chaos Walking series is even better. Start here, but have the second book ready to go before you get to the outrageous cliffhanger ending. You've been warned.

— Kate


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Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe By Preston Norton Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781484798683
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 16th, 2019

The class golden boy returns from a near-death experience with a directive from God/ "from God" to make his high school a less awful place and instructions to include our narrator, the class punching bag, in his efforts If You Build It They Will Come-style. Sneaky smart and completely unforgettable.

— Cristin


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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender By Leslye Walton Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780763680275
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Candlewick - September 22nd, 2015

Summary: A layered story of three generations leading up to the birth of a girl born with bird wings, and all of the wonder and angst that comes with them. Why you'll love this, short version: Magical realism isn't for everyone, but this book is. Why you'll love this, long version: I usually loathe magical realism (people can't be chairs, Aimee Bender!!) but I truly, truly loved Ava Lavender. This story of three generations of women recalls the sweeping family saga of Middlesex, but without that pesky incest and extraneous sex organs. Kidding aside, I find myself finally understanding what I thought were bookseller cliches because of this book: I intentionally slowed down at the end of the story to make it last longer, I'm wondering how much time I should give myself before I reread it, and I'm picturing the readers for this book and testing out in my head what I'm going to say to them. I am actively jealous of these customers because they have the experience of reading Ava Lavender for the first time to look forward to.  I can't get over this book- but why would anyone want to, anyway?

— Cristin


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Love Letters to the Dead: A Novel By Ava Dellaira Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250062963
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Square Fish - September 29th, 2015

If Stephen Chbosky told me a certain pizza place was good, I'd eat there. So when this book called this book "stunning" and "a bold new literary voice," I'm in. Told through letters written to those who've passed, this epistolary story will cut straight through you like a knife. Painful, heartbreaking, and captivating.

— Jeremy


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The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight By Jennifer E. Smith Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780316122399
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Poppy - January 1st, 2013

Just when it seems like things couldn't get worse, 17-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life is delayed by eight hours in Kennedy Airport, putting her arrival time dangerously close to the start of her dad's wedding. Will she make it? She prepares, once again, for disappointment. But sitting next to her on the plane is the arrestingly handsome Oliver, whose own family troubles and disarming wit may be exactly what she needs to make it through the long flight. Simple and sweet, this is a book about love -- that of family, of friends, and of strangers.

— Sarah


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Imaginary Girls By Nova Ren Suma Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780142421437
Availability: On Our Shelves
Published: Speak - June 14th, 2012

If you've never read Nova Ren Suma, 1) Why on earth not?; and 2) Start with this one. Suma's intensely beautiful storytelling weaves a creepy and surreal puzzle with the mysteries of life and death at its heart.

— Kate


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Noggin By John Corey Whaley Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781442458734
Availability: This book is harder to get and may take several weeks if available. Please email info@mcnallyjackson.com with questions.
Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - March 24th, 2015

The saying goes "It's not worth losing your head over." But in Travis Coate's case, losing his head was exactly the thing that saved him. High school was hard enough the first time around, but having to go right back after dying when everyone else around you has aged five years? That's tragic. "Noggin" is a heartfelt story about love, sex, friendship, and family that might just be worth losing your head over. John Corey Whaley's unique voice and utter brilliance will strike a cord and may change your mind about decapitation.

— Jeremy


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In the Shadow of Blackbirds By Cat Winters Cover Image
$8.95
ISBN: 9781419710230
Availability: Backordered - May Take 2-3 Weeks to Become Available
Published: Amulet Paperbacks - October 7th, 2014

No one expects the Spanish Influenza, and the residents of 1918 San Diego are paralyzed by their fear of contracting the disease. Among them is 16 year old Mary, mourning the sweetheart that she's just lost in the war and grappling with her recently-discovered ability to communicate with the dead, a power that emerged in perfect synchronicity with the early days of American Spiritualism, which has got to be confusing for a wee teenager. The book is incredibly atmospheric and bananas creepy. Come for the spooky descriptions of coffin-lined streets and disease-ridden sick wards and stay for the remarkable writing.

— Cristin