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Teenreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2017!

Reviewer Picks

Teenreads Reviewers Pick Their Favorite Books of 2017!

There's no better way to start an argument with self-proclaimed book nerds than to ask "what is the best YA book of 2017?" We decided to get our lovely reviewers and Teen Board members involved in the debate by asking them to tell us a few of their favorites. See below for their picks and a few fun quotes. Do you agree with their choices? 


Hasnah Farraj-Doleh

Dana Cuadrado

Jessica Cozzi

Matthew Burbridge

Rebecca Munro


Wren L.

Isabel C.

Grace P.

Brynn S.

  • THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli --- There was no contest when picking my favorite book of the year. The main character, Molly, was the most relatable character I have ever read and it felt like reading my own inner monologue for everything like body confidence, romance and friendship. Also, the romance was SO CUTE.

  • BAD ROMANCE by Heather Demetrios --- This was an extremely close second to my favorite book of the year. The novel takes the reader through the timeline of an abusive relationship and how the main character attempts to break away from it. It is heartbreaking and raw but powerful and extremely important for everyone to read.

  • THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas --- Another extremely important book for everyone to read, no matter who they are. It follows the main character, Starr, as she deals with the death of her friend was killed by a police officer while unarmed and the movement that starts because of it. The book is inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement and is extremely educational, inspiring and empowering. It shows the importance of using your voice despite what could result.

  • ALEX APPROXIMATELY by Jenn Bennett --- Whenever I think of this book, my first thoughts are how cute it is. This is a fluffy and adorable romance inspired by the movie You Got (one of my favorites!) but instead of being obsessed with books, the characters bond through movies. I loved the movie references, watching the main characters try and find each other and the emails that the book included from the two characters.

  • ALL THE CROOKED SAINTS by Maggie Stiefvater --- This book was magical, and that's just an understatement. It follows the Soria family and the miracles they give that can change a person's life, as long as they are willing to work for it. The author transforms a normal setting into an enchanting one full of magic and mystery and each aspect of the story contains so much thought and meaning. Plus it takes place in the '60s and you can't deny that's not cool. 

Maggie L.

Rachel R.

Lillian B.

Melat E.