Mindy’s Top 5 Teen Novels of 2012

According to my GoodReads account, I have read almost 100 books in 2012.  That number includes all the picture books, chapter books, and teen novels that I remembered to record throughout the year.  My reading goal for 2012 was to read more middle grade fiction since that tends to be my weak area, and I think I did pretty well on that goal.  But my heart belongs to teen fiction (and apparently to romantic teen fiction from the looks of this list).

Here are my top five teen fiction picks for 2012:

unbreakUnbreak My Heart by Melissa Walker. May 2012. 9781599905280. Gr. 7-12.

Reviews seemed to label this book a “summer read” or “beach book,” but I would hate for it to be dismissed as just some fluff to bring along on your vacation.  I thought it was an interesting look at friendship and family with a cute romance in the mix as well.

guuitarnotesGuitar Notes by Mary Amato. July 2012. 9781606841242. Gr. 7-12.

I included this book in a post about music-related teen fiction, and I promised that it would show up on my year-end favorite list. Well, here it is! :) This novel of friendship and music is very cute.  I especially loved the opportunity to look behind the scenes of songwriting.

everydayEvery Day by David Levithan. September 2012. 9780375971112. Gr. 9-12.

I was very skeptical about this book. The concept of a main character changing bodies every day seemed like a cool idea but difficult to turn into a cohesive story. Well, David Levithan managed to pull it off.  It’s a fascinating book, and I think it would make a great book group title since there is so much to discuss!

mylifenextMy Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick. January 2012. 9780803736993. Gr. 9-12.

In this post, I referred to My Life Next Door as a “romance that will stick with you.”  The romantic element of the story is sweet, and the complications that eventually arise create an interesting dilemma that introduces the idea that “good” and “bad” are more nuanced than you might think.

miseducationThe Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth.  February 2012. 9780062020567. Gr. 9-12.

This literary coming-of-age novel is an emotional look at what it’s like to be different in a small town when you’re a teen.  Growing up and figuring things out is never easy, but it is especially hard when everyone is telling you to be someone other than the person you are.

What teen novels stood out to you this year?  Do you think that any of them have a shot at a Printz Award or Honor?

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