BFYA 2015 – Books That Should Have Been Nominated

YALSA recently released its nominations for the 2015 Best Books for Young Adults list. I am happy to see lots of awesome books on there, many genres represented, and some of the best debut books as well. However, there are just some books that I really think should be on that list! Why aren’t they?!


NIL by Lynne Matson – Seriously, this was an incredible debut. If you want a contemporary romance with sci-fi thrills and island-adventure then you need to read this book!

LOVE IS THE DRUG by Alaya Dawn Johnson – Alaya’s 2nd book is an incredibly written, lyrical and poignant take on race and cultural tensions in the very near future in which the country is threatened by biological warfare.

100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith – Hey, BFYA committee, have you even read this? Any of you? Oh, yeah? THEN WHY THE HELL ISN”T IT ON THE LIST?! Oh, because Grasshopper Jungle is? NO EXCUSE, PEOPLE. NONE.

FAKING NORMAL by Courtney C. Stevens – You cannot tell me that this book doesn’t deserve all the awards. ALL OF THEM. Channel your brave, people, and stick up for this amazing story of hope, strength, bravery, and truth.

IGNITE ME by Tahereh Mafi – Both Shatter Me and Unravel Me were on the list. Obviously someone missed something here.

CRESS by Marissa Meyer – Same thing. Scarlet and Cinder are on the list. What happened to Cress? Come on, people.


Anyone else have any books they should should have been on the list? Comment, please!


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