Each year after ALA Midwinter is over and all the selection committees have released their lists, I like to compare the list from YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults and YALSA’s Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. Usually there are several titles that appear on both. 

This year, only three titles appeared on both lists: 

  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
  • Gabi, Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero 

Congrats to these authors for writing stories with distinguished literary quality and appeal to teens! 


UConn and VCU.

I just can’t see it happening any other way. And my heart will be torn. But no! UCONN FOR LIFE.

Also, I have to WORK TONIGHT. AHHHHHHHHH. (But I plan on having the iPod concealed so I can watch the games ;D)

-Michael Tarpey

Overlap between YALSA's BFYA and Quick Picks list

These titles appear on both the 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers lists.

Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. The Naturals. Disney, 2013; 9781423168232; $17.99.

The FBI wants Cassie to join a secret team of profilers and a serial killer wants her as his next victim.

Coley, Liz. Pretty Girl-13. Harper Collins, 2013; 9780062127372; $17.99.

Kidnapped Angie reappears and is unaware of her trauma-induced multiple personalities.

Goodman, Shawn. Kindness for Weakness. Delacorte Press, 2013; 978038574242; $16.99.

James, caught selling drugs for his older brother, winds up in a juvenile detention center known for its cruel guards and dysfunctional inmates.

King, A.S. Reality Boy. Little, Brown and Company, 2013; 9780316222709; $18.00.

Known on reality TV as “The Crapper,” Gerald is an angry young man who has been forced to live with a sociopathic sister, a weak father, and a mother who blames him for everything.

London, Alex. Proxy. Philomel, 2013; 9780399257766, $17.99.

In order to repay a life debt Syd must take the punishment for anything rich boy Knox does wrong. When Knox goes too far, he and Syd finally meet and discover the secrets of their society.

Lyga, Barry. Game. Little, Brown, 2013; 9780316125871; $17.99.

Jazz, the son of the world’s most notorious serial killer, uses the skills he learned from Dear Old Dad to help track down a killer - again.

Medina, Meg. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763658595; $16.99.

Yaqui Delgado wants to kick Piddy Sanchez’s ass. But what will Piddy do?

Rowell, Rainbow. Eleanor & Park. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2013; 9781250012579; $18.99.

Eleanor is the new girl at school with bright red hair. Park reluctantly lets her sit next to him on the bus. Even with a great effort to ignore each other, romance follows.

Strasser, Todd. Fallout. Candlewick Press, 2013; 9780763655341; $16.99.

In 1962, 10 people squeeze into a backyard bomb shelter supplied for four and await their fate.

Yancey, Rick. The 5th Wave. Putnam Juvenile, 2013; 9780399162411; $18.99.

While the human race is being exterminated by unseen aliens, Cassie focuses on rescuing her brother.

Yovanoff, Brenna. Paper Valentine. Penguin, 2013; 9781595145994; $17.99.

Investigating a string of murders at the demand of her best friend’s angry ghost, Hannah stumbles into a potential relationship with the local mysterious bad boy - and into danger.

Overlap between BFYA & QP

I compared YALSA’s 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list and their 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list to see which titles overlap. 

*Andrews, Jesse. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. 

Damico, Gina. Croak. 

Doller, Trish. Something Like Normal. 

Jordan, Dream. Bad Boy. 

Lacey, Josh. Island of Thieves. 

Lyga, Barry. I Hunt Killers.

**Summers, CourtneyThis is Not a Test

Volponi, Paul. The Final Four. 

**Woodson, Jacqueline. Beneath a Meth Moon: An Elegy. 

*Was named to the BFYA Top Ten List

**Was named to Quick Picks Top Ten List

I have read Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl and I Hunt Killers and I think they are great books for both lists.