The lists of YA novels to look out for this fall are coming fast and furious, and already overwhelming me. So many I want to read, so little time. I’m actually starting to feel list fatigue, i.e. a longing to embrace the books that don’t make these lists, the books that sit at the unpopular table in the cafeteria, the books no one notices though they might be unbelievably cool. So today I’m going to share some lists of books to watch for and books that might have gotten lost in the shuffle.
- Yes, a fall list but 12 Fall YA Novels to Obsess Over caught my attention because it includes I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil. I hated the pseudo-manic pixie dream girls I knew in high school (after I stopped worshiping them), so this book about a girl who pretends to be one intrigues me in a self-torturing way.
- 8 Books About Books features YA novels that reference other books such as David Arnold’s Kids of Appetite which pays homage to The Outsiders, and novels with characters who write books within the book. So meta, so convoluted, so delightfully recursive, so much to love…
- In YA books, Ear-reading, and Dyslexia, Jennifer Bardsley speaks about the need for more neuro-diversity in YA, shares some young adult novels with characters that have dyslexia, and writes about devices that can help teens with learning disabilities read these novels.
- The State of Disability on Book Covers talks about how young adult novels that feature characters with disabilities often have covers that hide those disabilities, because publishers sometimes view elements like wheelchairs or missing limbs as risky. This is unfortunate because it’s so “important for all teens to be able to see themselves reflected on book covers.”
- Young Adult Fiction Book Recommendations Based on Your Favorite Neko Atsume Cat states, “I defy you to find a child, a teen, a millennial, or an adult that has NOT played or at the very least heard of this phenomenon.” “Hey, that would be me,” I reply, waving pathetically from the unpopular table in the cafeteria.