When I tried to answer the question posed in this post, I found myself in agony trying to choose just ONE title from the YA genre to recommend. The answer I settled on was the one that kept popping in my head over and over again:
If I could have read one – ONLY one – of the YA novels that came out in 2009, I would have chosen FIRE by Kirsten Cashore.
But that was hardly the only title WORTH reading this year, so the choice wasn't easy, on top of which there are many still sitting on my TBR pile that come so highly recommended that I might change my mind after reading them. So here is my recommended short list of...
THE TOP YA TITLES OF THE YEAR
FIRE by Kirsten Cashore
THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH by Carrie Ryan
BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead
And here are books from my TBR and CURRENTLY READING piles that come HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:
LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
WINTERGIRLS by Laure Halse Anderson
THE DEMON'S LEXICON by Sarah Rees Brennan
RAMPANT by Diana Peterfreund
MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD by Francisco X. Stork
ANDROMEDA KLEIN by Frank Portman
TRICKS by Ellen Hopkins
BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia
ASH by Malinda Lo
CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins
BECAUSE I AM FURNITURE by Talia Chaltas
NORTH OF BEAUTIFUL by Justina Chen Headley
FADE by Lisa McMann
SHINE, COCONUT MOON by Neesha Meminger
SILVER PHOENIX by Cindy Pon
Basically, it's been a hell of a year for Young Adult Fiction, and if you aren't reading it, you're missing out on some of the best contemporary writing on the planet.