YA Book Prize 2019 predictions
With all of the excitement of giving birth last March, I didn’t have enough time to read all of the books that were on the 2018 YA Book Prize shortlist. Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence, Philip Pullman’s La Belle Sauvage and the winner – After the Fire by Will Hill – are still sitting on my TBR, but I am planning to get around to reading them at some point.
I also didn’t keep up to date with YA releases as closely as I normally do, so crafting this prediction post was actually really difficult! But I had a lot of fun seeing which books I predicted would be on the shortlist actually appeared on it, so with the list being revealed tomorrow I couldn’t resist putting a post together.
In alphabetical order, these are the ten books I think deserve to be shortlisted for this year’s YA Book Prize:
Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne
Holly Bourne almost always appears on the YA Book Prize shortlist, so I wouldn’t be surprised if 2018’s Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? is on there. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but considering how much I enjoyed Am I Normal Yet? and It Only Happens in the Movies, this is bound to become a fast favourite.
Clean by Juno Dawson
I didn’t read many five star books in 2018, but Clean was one of them. It was actually the first book that popped into my head when I started planning this predictions post! Juno Dawson has been one of my favourite authors since releasing All of the Above, and Clean was an unapologetic look at an upper-class socialite forced into a stint at a rehab centre by her brother.
The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven
Laura Steven’s debut novel was a book which I deeply related to, and I know a lot of people who felt the same way. Telling the story of a girl called Izzy who gets slut-shamed for sleeping with two guys at one party, it’s a surprisingly hilarious book.
Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard
When Sara Barnard’s second novel, A Quiet Kind of Thunder, was missing from last year’s shortlist, I was absolutely gutted. It’s one of the best books I’ve ever read, and I was certain it was going to be the winner, so for it to be missing from the shortlist really surprised me! I haven’t read Goodbye, Perfect yet, but if it’s anything like Barnard’s first two books it deserves a spot on the list.
I Was Born For This by Alice Oseman
I haven’t read I Was Born For This yet, but it was one of the most talked about YA releases of 2018. Radio Silence is one of my favourite novels and Alice Oseman is a stunning writer, so even if I Was Born For This isn’t on the shortlist I’m still going to be picking it up fairly soon.
My Box-Shaped Heart by Rachael Lucas
I’ve been a huge fan of Rachael Lucas’s writing since I read her first young adult novel, The State of Grace. I read My Box-Shaped Heart through the library and it was such a quick and fun read even though it tells the story of a girl who has to deal with a mother who is a hoarder, making their life rather difficult!
Out of the Blue by Sophie Cameron
Sophie Cameron’s debut novel is a YA fantasy set in Scotland. Angels start falling from the sky soon after Jaya’s mother’s death, and her father becomes utterly obsessed with hunting them, predicting where the next one is going to fall. Unfortunately, Jaya’s the one who’s on the scene when an angel comes plummeting out of the sky in the location he’s predicted… Just a little bit early. Out of the Blue was the first book I finished after my daughter’s birth, and it’s that good that I even found myself reading it on my phone in the hospital while we were waiting to get her checked over just after she was born!
Rosie Loves Jack by Mel Darbon
Rosie Loves Jack should certainly be one of the top ten. Following a girl with Down’s syndrome as she travels to see her boyfriend, you’ll be heartbroken by the way evil people take advantage of Rosie, but totally empowered by the way she sees herself.
Skylarks by Karen Gregory
I still haven’t been able to review Skylarks, because it’s impossible to put how I feel about it into words. The best book I read last year by far, Karen Gregory’s second novel is a politically-minded novel fighting back against austerity, while also exploring the strain placed on romantic relationships between people who come from different economic backgrounds.
Tender by Eve Ainsworth
Tender is Eve Ainsworth’s fourth novel, but it’s my favourite by far. Ainsworth is known for tackling difficult topics head on, and this look at teen carers is excellent, educating the general public about the emotional and mental impact of looking after a close family member who is suffering.
I hope you enjoyed this prediction post! Do you think the YA Book Prize shortlist is going to look anything like this, or are there some really obvious titles I’m missing?