Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds burns straight through to the soul with pulsing verses that are sure to leave you stunned as you follow Will in his grieving desire to make a heavy mistake.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is wondrous. Xiomara stands on her stage and demands that her readers listen to her message.
Anger Is A Gift by Mark Oshiro is a crystal clear reflection of hundreds of stories, ones that immediately come to mind while reading Moss' powerful story.
Reading Diane Guerrero's memoir, In the Country We Love, while living in our current nation amplifies the pain and the strength of this vital fight.
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland successfully takes real and raw historical events and merges them with fantasy in a way that's intense, gripping, and at times plain old heartbreaking.
Emergency Contact so perfectly captures the sheer awkwardness that is being a young adult, with the added awkwardness that can be falling in love in the age of technology.
What If It's Us combines the writing styles of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera, who are pros at creating a warm, sob-worthy love story on the page and leaving you flailing with emotion.
In Allegedly by Tiffany Jackson, Mary's life is undoubtedly a reflection of many. This YA novel is full of poignant moments that are so very important.
By the time I had finished The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk, I was already ready to dive into the story all over again.