Staff Young Adult Picks

By Folio Books

By Folio Books

Frankly in Love

David Yoon

$18.99 $17.47

David Yoon's debut novel is a laugh-out-loud study of identity, family loyalty, and what it means to be true to yourself when you're a high-achieving high school senior trying to kick butt on the SAT and date the girl your immigrant parents don't approve of (because she's white and not Korean American like you!).

Most Likely

Sarah Watson

$17.99 $16.55

In 2019, one of four high school friends—Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha—doesn’t know it, but she’s destined to become president in 30 years. All we know is that she’s going to marry her high school sweetheart with the funny name. Thing is, this boy is in all of their lives. Who will be Most Likely? Excellent twist at the end, and a fun story that deals with serious issues of friendship, poverty, depression, body image, and high expectations.


Ibi Zoboi

$10.99 $10.11

Looking to fulfill your Jane Austen reimagining hole? Ibi Zoboi does it with skill, setting Pride and Prejudice in Brooklyn with Afro-Latinx characters. Zuri Benitez is a no-nonsense teen who doesn’t take kindly to new wealthy neighbors—the Darcy family—when they move in. But there’s something about that suck up Darius Darcy she just can’t shake…and readers will feel captivated, too.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Holly Black

$12.99 $11.95

Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer looking for something fresh can’t go wrong with this stand-alone novel from Black, the YA/MG mistress of the fantastical. Heroine Tana is the kind of bold teen girl we all wish we were, and ancient yet forever young vampire Gavriel is positively swoon worthy.


Meredith Russo

$18.98 $17.46

This moving love story about best friends and soulmates Morgan and Eric is a heartbreaking journey of grappling with gender identity, toxic masculinity, and bullying in small town Tennessee, as well as being honest and true to oneself and those one loves. And there’s high school football! An #ownvoices selection that’s hard to put down.

Ordinary Girls

Blair Thornburgh

$17.98 $16.54

This is pitched as a modern retelling of Sense and Sensibility, but it's really its own entity and a familiarity with the source material is unnecessary. Plus, it’s so readable, smart, and likable. I especially liked Tate. Who will you like?

Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

$18.99 $17.47

A poignant love story with these elements: teenagers, 1986, Nebraska, a heroic boy, a downtrodden/survivor girl, an abusive home, a home full of love and safety, high school bus rides, music of the times (again, 1986). I love many of Rainbow Rowell's novels—this is her magnum opus.

Mortal Engines (Mortal Engines, Book 1), Volume 1

Philip Reeve

$12.99 $11.95

The whole Mortal Engines series offers up a dystopian vision of Earth's possible future hundred of years from now. Traction cities rumble through hunting grounds looking to gobble up suburbs and smaller cities in a twisted Darwinian landscape where anti-tractionists live on the land. Hester Shaw, a severely disfigured girl, seeks revenge on her parents' murderer in London, but is stopped by an idealistic apprentice historian, Tom Natsworthy. What follows over 4 books is a lifetime of adventure, violence (PG-13), love, betrayal, and redemption.


Marie Lu

$11.99 $11.03

Marie Lu's debut novel is based on Les Miserables. June is a 15-year-old prodigy in the Republic, the militant government of what remains of the western U.S. some time in the future. When her older brother is murdered, June seeks to hunt down his killer. She believes it's Day, a boy from the slums whose cunning in resisting the Republic is, well, legendary. Once she finds him, however, she discovers he might not be a killer, and his reasons for doing what he does aren't simply to overthrown the government, but to protect his family. The first book in a gripping series.


Marie Lu

$11.99 $11.03

Set in the near future, Warcross is a fun read for those who are looking for something after finishing Ready Player One. Plucky protagonist Emika Chen is your girl! She's a hacker trying to pay off her debts, and finds herself inside the game that has taken over the world—Warcross. What she finds once she's in is more than just a game. In fact, there's a whole shady underworld, and Emika's life just might be on the line.