YA Book Prize 2016 Shortlist

YA Book Prize.
£2000 prize. • Winner announced June 2nd.

Young Adult literature isn't something I'm too familiar with. I mean I've read a few YA titles here and there, but when I'm not reading adult fiction I'm usually more drawn to children's literature than young adult. And I don't really know why that is, but it comes as no surprise to me that I haven't read any of the books on the 2016 YA Book Prize shortlist. I have heard at least a little bit about most of them though, with The Lie Tree and The Rest of Us Just Live Here being the two that appeal to me the most. 

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
All Evie wants is to be normal. She's almost off her medication and she's at a new College where no one knows her as the girl-who-went-crazy. She's going to parties and making friends. There's only one thing left to tick off her list...

One by Sarah Crossan
Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins. They are everything to each other. But something is happening to them, something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn't want to admit it, not even to Tippi. How long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

Unbecoming by Jenny Downham
Katie is in love with someone whose identity she can't reveal. Katie's mother Caroline is uptight, worn out and about to find the past catching up with her. Katie's grandmother Mary is back with the family after years of mysterious absence, and is 'capable of anything' despite suffering from Alzheimers. 

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
When Faith's father is found dead under mysterious circumstances, she is determined to uncover the truth from all the lies. Searching through his belongings Faith finds a tree. A tree that feeds off whispered lies and bears fruit that reveals hidden secrets.

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson
Trapped in her parents stately home, Cassandra dreams of escape. The appearance of a beautiful and disoriented young woman who speaks a mysterious language means life is about to become a lot more interesting.

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
What is you aren't the Chosen One? What if you're like Mikey who just wants to graduate, go to prom, and maybe ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the school again. Because sometimes there are bigger problems than this week's end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill
It's the beginning of summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma is eighteen, beautiful, happy and confident. One night there is a party, everyone is there and all eyes are on Emma. The next morning she wakes on the front porch of her house and she can't remember what has happened. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. 

The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Twylla is blessed. The Gods have chosen her to marry a prince and rule the kingdom, but it comes with a price. A deadly poison infuses her skin and those who anger the queen must die under Twylla's fatal touch.

Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe
Concentr8 is a drug designed to help children with ADD, but soon every troubled kid is on it. Troy, Femi, Lee, Karen and Blaze have been taking Concentr8 as long as they can remember. They're not looking for trouble, but one summer day, when riots break out across the city, they find it.

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
David has always been an outsider. His parents think he's gay. The school bully thinks he's a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth - David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy.

Have you read any of these? Would you recommend them?




  1. Funny you should post this today, I've just bought The Lie Tree! I spotted it in Waterstones with a lovely special addition cover, but had to settle for the standard edition as it was on offer in Tesco! Besides that, I've picked up a couple here and there (I only really seem to browse YA books in supermarkets when they have a tendency to get muddled amongst the general fiction books) but not read any. Except Asking For It, that is. I really enjoyed that one and would recommend it! x

    Lorna | Lorna, literally.

    1. You'll have to let me know how you get on with The Lie Tree!

  2. I've only read Asking For It but I can completely see why it was nominated. A really powerful story!
    Imogen’s Typewriter. <3

    1. From snippets of reviews I've seen it certainly sounds like it deserves its nomination!

  3. I absolutely loved The Rest of Us Just Live Here! I quite enjoy YA because it's so quick and easy to read (hence being my first choice for any commute reading), but there's definitely a lot of variance in the quality of writing. I've got The Art of Being Normal waiting on the shelf and will definitely pick up The Lie Tree and Asking for It soon.


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