If you’re looking for some incredible reads that will make you think, you’ve come to the right place. Here are 10 of our recommendations for amazing, critically-acclaimed novels you should have on your shelf!
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
A Finalist for the National Book Award. When Ada leaves home for her freshman year at a HBCU, it’s the first time she’s ever been so far from her family—and the first time that she’s been able to make her own choices and to seek her place in this new world. As she stumbles deeper into the world of dance and explores her sexuality, Ada must brush off the destiny others have chosen for her and claim full ownership of her body and her future.
Watch Over Me by Nina LaCour
Newly graduated from high school, Mila has aged out of the foster care system. So when she’s offered a teaching job and a place to live on an isolated part of the Northern California coast, she immediately accepts. The farm is a refuge, but it’s also haunted by the past, and Mila’s own memories are starting to rise to the surface.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green
Named a best book of the year by: The New York Times, NPR, TIME, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, Southern Living, Publishers Weekly, BookPage, A.V. Club, Bustle, BuzzFeed, Vulture, and many more.
Aza Holmes never intended to pursue the disappearance of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Pickett’s son Davis. John Green returns with a novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.
Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram
In this companion to the award-winning Darius the Great Is Not Okay, Darius suddenly has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It’s everything he’s ever wanted–but what if he deserves better?
The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus
A Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Told in two distinct and irresistible voices, Junauda Petrus’s bold and lyrical debut is the story of two black girls from very different backgrounds finding love and happiness in a world that seems determined to deny them both.
Dig by A.S. King
Winner of the Michael L. Printz Medal. With her inimitable surrealism, award winner A.S. King exposes how a toxic culture of polite white supremacy tears a family apart and how one determined generation can dig its way out.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALIST
A powerful coming-of-age story about grief, guilt, and the risks a Filipino-American teenager takes to uncover the truth about his cousin’s murder.
Something Happened to Ali Greenleaf by Hayley Krischer
We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
A BookPage Best Book of 2020, A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best of 2020, A School Library Journal Best Book of 2020, and A New York Public Library 2020 Top 10 Best Book for Teens.
A poignant novel of desperation, escape, and survival across the U.S.-Mexico border, inspired by current events.
The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea and Between Shades of Gray comes a gripping, extraordinary portrait of love, silence, and secrets under a Spanish dictatorship.
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
A William C. Morris Debut Award Finalist
2018 National Book Award Longlist
Joy McCullough’s bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her.