2) Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. Sepetys writes brilliant and heartwrenching YA historical fiction novels, and this one follows in the pattern of her other tearjerker, Between Shades of Gray. Salt to the Sea is about the worst maritime disaster in history, which took place during WWII on a ship full of vulnerable refugees.
4) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. Five stars, an absolutely vital, powerful, and revealing MG autobiography-in-verse. Here, Woodson tells the story of her own childhood as a black girl growing up in America.
5) Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman. Yes, this book again. IT'S AWESOME, OKAY? Five-star YA contemporary about schizophrenia; like Underwater, it gets you right into the mindset of someone with mental illness. The feels, my friends.
6) There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos. This is another book (YA contemporary) that I was neutral about in general, but it had some powerful moments in re: to sibling relationships and grief.
7) Morning Star by Pierce Brown. This one had me crying from those "end-of-a-series-you're-invested-in" feels. I definitely recommend Brown's Red Rising Trilogy, a mature YA sci-fi with the scope of an epic fantasy.
8) Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom. A YA contemporary romance with a blind main character, this book is hard to get into because the MC is super caustic. However, the plot and character relationships are done well enough to overcome that. An emotional moment regarding life as a disabled person got me to cry a bit.
9) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh. This five-star YA fantasy romance, a retelling of A Thousand and One Nights in the appropriate historical Middle Eastern setting, is full of the feels. It's sexy, it's dramatic, it's intense, it's emotional. An absolute delight, in the tear-your-heart-out kind of way.
10) All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely. This one is a highly relevant and impactful YA contemporary novel about black lives and police brutality. It's a must-read in light of the issues we face today. The end had me flat-out sobbing.
Thanks for reading, and I'll see y'all tomorrow.
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