The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced the official titles of the 2017 “Teens’ Top Ten” booklist. Teens voted worldwide from August 15 through Teen Read Week, October 8-14. Altogether, over 28,000 ballots were cast for the 26 nominees. The finalists are listed below.
The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country.
Teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Teens can submit a book title now through December 31, 2017 to be included in the pool of the 2018 nominee candidates. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2017.
“Don’t Get Caught” by Kurt Dinan
To his great surprise, uncool eleventh-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.
“Scythe” by Neal Shusterman
In a world where disease has been eliminated, the only way to die is to be randomly killed (‘gleaned’) by professional reapers (‘scythes’). Two teens must compete with each other to become a scythe, a position neither of them wants. The one who becomes a scythe must kill the one who doesn’t.
“The Sun is Also a Star” by Nicola Yoon
Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel has always been a good son and good student. But when he sees Natasha he forgets all that and believes there is something extraordinary in store for both of them.
“Lady Midnight” by Cassandra Clare
It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses. Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles.
“This is Where It Ends” Marieke Nijkamp
Minutes after the principal of Opportunity High School in Alabama finishes her speech welcoming the student body to a new semester, they discover that the auditorium doors will not open and someone starts shooting as four teens, each with a personal reason to fear the shooter, tell the tale from separate perspectives.
“Heartless” by Marissa Meyer
In this prequel to Alice in Wonderland, Cath would rather open a bakery and marry for love than accept a proposal from the King of Hearts, especially after meeting the handsome and mysterious court jester.
“P.S. I Like You” by Kasie West
Every day in chemistry class, high school student and aspiring songwriter, Lily Abbott finds love notes left by a mystery boy. When she learns the identify of the true author, she is shocked and unsure about how to respond.
“Love & Gelato” by Jenna Evans Welch
After the death of her mother, Lina goes to visit Italy at her mother’s wish, as she’d lived in Italy for part of her life and loved it immensely. While there, Lina discovers some well-kept secrets about her mother’s life.
“Genius: The Game” by Leopoldo Gout
As 200 geniuses from around the world go head-to-head in a competition devised by India’s youngest CEO and visionary, three underprivileged prodigies team up to become heroes no one expected.
“If I Was Your Girl” by Meredith Russo
Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a big secret. When she falls for Grant, Amanda finds herself wanting to tell him about her previous life as Andrew.