Best Teen Books of 2012 So Far

This week we announced our Top 10 list of the Best Books of the Year So Far in Teens, and let me just say that 2012 has been a great year for YA. 

The Hunger Games movie in the spring ushered in a wave of awareness for YA fiction the likes of which we haven't seen since Twilight--and The Hunger Games has arguably stronger gender neutral appeal-- so it's exciting to see more adults discovering how good teen/YA books can be. 

Our number one pick in teens for the first half of 2012 is a prime example of a book that works so well for older readers that it made it on the adult Top 20--in the number three spot, no less.  In fact, the top three books of the Best of the Year So Far in Teens also debuted on our adult Best Books of the Month list in the month they released. 

As you might imagine, it was hard to whittle down six months of fantastic reads to only 10 books, but the final list includes titles that range from dystopian fantasy to contemporary fiction and every one comes highly recommended.

Best Books of the Year So Far in Teens:

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  2. Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy) by Leigh Bardugo
  3. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
  4. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  5. Pandemonium (Delirium) by Lauren Oliver
  6. Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book I by R. L. LaFevers
  7. The False Prince: Book 1 of the Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen
  8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  9. Insurgent (Divergent Trilogy) by Veronica Roth
  10. Starters by Lissa Price

Did we miss any of your top 10 favorite books of 2012?  Any predictions about which of these will end up with a place on the final Best of 2012 list at the end of the year?


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Just finished Shadow and Bone last night and loved it! I'm far from a young adult, but started reading YA books to find out what my 13 YO daughter is reading. I really loved The Hunger Games trilogy and Insurgent. I say that Veronica Roth and Leigh Bardugo should definitely end up on the list, and all the others listed above have now found their way to my Amazon wish list!

Posted by: Anastasia Ensminger | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 11:46 AM

The Fault in Our Stars is amazing. That is all.

Posted by: Sarah | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

TFIOS is definitely my favorite, but I would have like to see "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" by Jesse Andrews on the list too. And yes, my two favorite books of the year so far are about dying girls.

Posted by: Jesse | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 12:06 PM

I definitely agree with this top ten, so far. The two that I'd have to add have been released this month: This is not a Test by Courtney Summers and Transcendence CJ Omololu.

Posted by: Kenzie | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 12:10 PM

More great books of 2012 from Omni readers--fantastic! Glad to hear our top 10 are books you have loved too.

Posted by: Seira | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 1:01 PM

TFIOS definitely deserves the top spot. John Green is always fantastic, but this time he was extraordinary. To anyone who is wary of reading a book about a cancer patient- don't be. It's not a book about a sick teenagers, its a book about teenagers who also happen to be sick. It's an incredible read.

I was also a fan of Veronica Roth's Insurgent. It was a great mix of psychological and political fervor. She really creates a new world in her series.

Posted by: Lauren | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 1:08 PM

My favorite book this year is UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I loved that the story is written from the perspective of the two main characters. I also cast my vote for John Green's Fault in Our Stars. I haven't read a book that made me cry in a long time!

Posted by: Trish Tree | Wednesday June 27, 2012 at 2:41 PM

I am with Trish: I think Veronica Rossi's UNDER THE NEVER SKY was quite unique.... and actually very well written. Couldn't put it down. It has my vote.

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Posted by: sous vetements pas cher | Friday June 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

A fab list -- I know have a bunch of books to add to my to be read pile. My only quibble: WHY WE BROKE UP is a 2011 title. Unless you are including December 2011 titles?

Posted by: Liz B | Monday July 2, 2012 at 5:32 AM

You are absolutely right, WHY WE BROKE UP released on December 27th but since it was the very last days of December we included it in our Best Books of January list of contenders--we're a little looser than the Academy, but only a little... Glad you like the list!

Posted by: Seira | Monday July 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM

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