2) All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. A vital dual-perspective YA contemporary that examines issues of racism and police violence. I sobbed at the end.
3) Missoula by Jon Krakauer. A nonfiction examination of rape culture as told through an exploration of a series of sexual assaults in recent years at one particular college campus. I wasn't surprised by any of it, but I certainly learned a lot, and it got me all fired up in my social justice-y heart.
5) Winter by Marissa Meyer. The conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles (YA sci-fi fairytale retelling) was, for me, sweet, emotional, romantic, and intense all at once, so of course I loved it. Winter and Cress are my fave girls.
6) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. This first in a new YA sci-fi trilogy does non-standard format right. The story is told through a mix of multi-media forms, including email and messaging and interviews and tons of other stuff, and it's awesome.
7) Such a Pretty Face by Cathy Lamb. This adult contemporary ended up striking me deep in the heart with its emotional complexity as it examines family issues and self-image. I added a bunch of other Cathy Lamb books to my TBR after reading this one.
8) The Walls around Us by Nova Ren Suma. My unexpected favorite YA of 2015: eerie, complex, unexpected, and stunning to the very end. A mystery combined with magical realism that ultimately turns into horror.
9) The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson. The Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy is a new fave of mine, and I am delighted to have discovered it at last. A YA epic fantasy full of diversity, strong characters, and heart.
10) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This YA historical fantasy deserves all the acclaim it's gotten. It's a "Thousand and One Nights" retelling that's sumptuous and romantic and dramatic and brings all the feels.
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