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Tell Us Your Favorite YA Books of 2012

December 28, 2012

We want you to tell us your favorite YA reads of 2012.  So, what is your most favorite YA book of the year?  Why is it your favorite?  Have you read other books by the author?  Who would you cast in the movie version?  What would you change about the book?  Or if that doesn’t work for you tell us about the worst YA book you read in 2012 and why it was such a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad book.  Ready, set, comment!…

My top YA pick for 2012 is Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz.  Check out the book’s description courtesy of the publisher:

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.  — Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

And here’s what a few others had to say about the oh-so-terrifical read:

“Benjamin Alire Saenz is a writer with a sidewinder punch. Spare sentences connect resonant moments, and then he knocks you down with emotional truth. The story of Ari and Dante’s friendship widens and twists like a river, revealing truths about how hard love is, how family supports us, and how painfully deep you have to go to uncover an authentic self.”–Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied

“This book took my breath away. What gorgeous writing, and what a story! I loved both these boys. And their parents! Don’t we all wish we had parents like theirs? The ending – and the way it unfolded – was so satisfying. I could go on and on…suffice it to say I will be highly recommending it to one and all. I’m sure I’ll reread it myself at some point. I hated having it end.” –James Howe, Author of Addie on the Inside

“I’m absolutely blown away. This is Saenz’s best work by far…It’s a beautiful story, so beautifully told and so psychologically acute! Both Ari and Dante are simply great characters who will live on in my memory. Everything about the book is absolutely pitch perfect…It’s already my favorite book of the year!”–Michael Cart, Booklist columnist and YALSA past president

Oh, and is it too late to tell you my favorite book of 2011??  Probably.  But I’m going to anyways because, coincidentally, if you like Aristotle & Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe then you will love, love, love I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan as well.  Trust me on this one.

Don’t forget to comment and tell us your faves of the year!