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NYPL Recommends: New YA Fiction


There is some great new fiction for teens coming out this Spring! Where was all this stuff when I was a teenager anyway? Here are a seven titles at the top of our to-read piles here at NYPL. 


The Hate U Give

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen year old Starr is the only witness to the unprovoked police shooting of her unarmed friend Khalil. 

First person narratives, Realistic fiction, Authentic voice, Culturally diverse, Character-driven, Soical issues






Dreamland Burning

Dreamland Burning by Jennifer Latham

Rowan finds a century old skeleton on her family's property and her investigation of the murder leads her to discover secrets from the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen, grappling with the building racial conflict leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot. Williams story provides clues to Rowan’s mystery.

Multiple perspectives, Mysteries, Intricately plotted, Fast-paced, Suspenseful




American Street

American Street by Ibi Xoboi

Fabiola's mother is detained upon their arrival to the United States. Fabiola has to face her loud American cousins, the grittiness of Detroit's west side, and a new school, all on her own.

Coming of age stories, Magical Realism, Angst-filled, Romantic, Strong sense of place, Gritty, Lyrical





Optimists Die First

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen

Petula meets Jacob in their school's art therapy program. Their friendship helps Petula overcome intense fears she has harbored since her sister’s death.

Realistic fiction, Ability diverse, Character-driven, Emotionally intense, Moving





Piecing Me Together

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Faced with joining a mentorship program for “at risk girls” at her mostly-white private school, Jade opts instead for a semester abroad.

Realistic fiction, Authentic voice, Culturally diverse, Character-driven, Lyrical





you're welcome universe

You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner

Julia is expelled from the Kingston School for the Deaf for painting an unsanctioned mural. She is forced to attend a school in the suburbs. When she begins her work there, she finds that someone is adding their own tags.

Realistic fiction, Ability diverse, Culturally diverse, Character-driven, Witty






Bang: A Novel by Barry Lyga

A new friend and a YouTube show help fourteen-year-old Sebastian move past the accidental death of his infant sister.

Realistic fiction, Brooding, Character-driven, Angst-filled, Emotionally intense, Reflective





The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Set on the border between America and Mexico, a teen struggles to come to terms with his adoption.

Realistic fiction, Authentic voice, Culturally diverse, GBTQ diverse, Character-driven, Angst-filled





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Staff picks are chosen by NYPL staff members and are not intended to be comprehensive lists. We'd love to hear your ideas too, so leave a comment and tell us what you’d recommend. And check out our Staff Picks browse tool for more recommendations!


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