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These Are The YA Books Teens Are Actually Reading And Loving

*Adds everything to my to-read list.*

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The Inky Awards longlist is here!

If you're not familiar with them, the Inkys are Young Adult literature awards judged by a panel of young people aged between 12 and 20. As we all know by now, teens are the best judges of everything (er, except maybe that whole Tide Pods thing), so you know the list is gonna be good. Here is what they chose...

1. Begin, End, Begin: A #LoveOzYA Anthology edited by Danielle Binks

An anthology featuring a wide variety of short stories from some of the best YA authors in Australia, including Amie Kaufman, Melissa Keil, Will Kostakis, Ellie Marney, Jaclyn Moriarty, Michael Pryor, Alice Pung, Gabrielle Tozer, Lili Wilkinson and Danielle Binks.

2. In the Dark Spaces by Cally Black

A hostage drama set in deep space, In the Dark Spaces is about 14-year-old Tamara, who is kidnapped by a group of aliens called the Crowpeople and begins to fall for her captors.


3. Take Three Girls by Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell & Fiona Wood

Take Three Girlsis told from the perspectives of Ady, Kate, and Clem; three very different girls who have one thing in common – they all become targets of PSST, a website that is basically their school's version of Gossip Girl.

4. Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian

Ava is lost in grief after the death of her friend Kelly when she meets Gideon, a young poet with severe anxiety. Together, they help each other move forward with their lives.

5. Ida by Alison Evans

Ida has the power to shift between parallel universes, allowing her to explore different paths in her life. When she comes across a shadowy doppleganger, she must grapple with the consequences of her actions.

6. Wreck by Fleur Ferris

Wreck is told from two perspectives: Tamara, a budding journalist who is kidnapped by a fugitive, and William, who is from a wealthy family and is involved in a boating accident that leads to his brother going missing.


7. A Shadow’s Breath by Nicole Hayes

The narrative shifts between the past, in which Tessa and her mum are putting their lives back together after escaping an abusive man, and the present, which sees Tessa trying to survive a car accident in the bush.

8. Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer

Milo and Layla are old friends who haven't spoken in five years and are each feeling lost for different reasons. In the summer after high school, they reconnect and help one another find their way.

10. Ballad for a Mad Girl by Vikki Wakefield

Grace, 17, is dealing with the death of her mother and becomes obsessed with the unsolved mystery of missing girl Hannah. She soon finds the boundaries between real and imaginary, and living and dead, are blurring and slipping away.


11. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Molly is an anxious, introverted 17-year-old who has had 26 crushes but zero relationships. When her twin sister Cassie gets a girlfriend, Molly feels lonelier than ever – but soon finds herself caught between the undeniable appeal of hot hipster Will, and her growing feelings for her sweet, geeky co-worker Reid.

12. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Aza is a 16-year-old with OCD who teams up with her best friend Daisy to solve the mystery of missing millionaire Russell Pickett in the hopes of collecting the $100,000 reward.

13. The Loneliest Girl in the Universe by Lauren James

Romy is the only surviving crew member on a spaceship headed for a new planet when she begins emailing a boy on another ship, lightyears behind hers, and finds herself falling in love.


14. Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King

Sarah is a 16-year-old going through an existential crisis who crosses paths with herself at different ages – 10, 23, and 40 – and finds she is able to have conversations with these other Sarahs. Together, the different versions of Sarah unravel what her true problem is.

15. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Monty loves gambling, drinking, and his best friend Percy. The two of them are embarking on a trip across Europe, along with Monty's younger sister Felicity, when they get waylaid by a highwayman and their adventure turns into a manhunt.

17. Warcross by Marie Lu

Emika is a hacker and bounty hunter who tracks down illegal players of popular virtual reality game Warcross. She finds herself caught up in the international Warcross Championships and becomes a spy for the game's creator.


19. Release by Patrick Ness

Release follows one day in the life of Adam, the gay 17-year-old son of a preacher who is grappling with his family's homophobia, sexual harassment at work, and his own personal heartbreak.