Seattle readers’ favorite teen books of 2012

Last week we asked people on Facebook to tell us their favorite teen novel published in 2012. For those who regularly read teen fiction (and since 55 percent of all young adult fiction fault in our starsis purchased by adults, it seems like there are a lot of us …), it will be no surprise that The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was mentioned several times. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein is another title that comes up often with our readers, as does The Diviners by Libba Bray. You might recognize familiar author names in this list, but there may be some surprises, too. And while there are lots of awards and top-ten lists out right now, this is more of a thoughtful “People’s Choice” (as opposed to just giving you a bestseller list).

The 27 titles suggested are listed below, and we also have this one-stop browsing list of 27 YA books Seattle readers loved in 2012  in our catalog.  

The Princesses of Iowa by M. Molly Backes
The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi
Shift by Em Bailey
The Diviners by Libba Bray
Bitter Blue by Kristin Cashore

Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kristin Cronn-Mills
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
The Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Renee Hieber
Origin by Jessica Khoury
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Every Day by David Levithan
Son by Lois Lowry
Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick
Be My Enemy by Ian McDonald
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein



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One Response to Seattle readers’ favorite teen books of 2012

  1. Guy Noyes says:

    Adults afraid of reading teen books are missing out. I’m a big fan of Laini Taylor (Days of Blood and Starlight), am currently reading Seraphina, and am putting Cinder on my list. Not that I like all teen books (Insurgent is Insipid), but some put some NY Times best sellers to shame. Ageism is misguided. Learn from the old; learn from the young; learn from those stuck in the middle.

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