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YA Wins Big In 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards

See who took home the major categories, including “Best of the Best,” at the Goodreads Choice Awards!

The 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards winners were announced this morning and once again, Young Adult lit proved to be a be hit among readers this year!

The fan-decided contest has two categories that are strictly for Young Adult books, but that didn’t stop the genre from taking over elsewhere. Let’s start with those YA categories, though!

Best YA Fiction

Leah On The Offbeat, Becky Albertalli‘s follow-up to Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda, won with almost 25k votes! The novel follows Simon’s best friend, Leah Burke, as she tries to navigate her feelings for her friend Abby– who she’s certain is straight– with everyday stresses and the fact that she hasn’t told any of her friends that she’s bisexual.

Best YA Fantasy

At just shy of 1000 pages, Sarah J. MaasKingdom of Ash ruled the fantasy category with over 18k more votes than the second place novel. The novel follows Aelin after her capture and her friends as they fight the final battle to save the world as they know it and sacrifice more than they ever imagined along the way.

Best Debut Author

It comes as no surprise to anyone who has read Children of Blood and Bone that author Tomi Adeyemi is this year’s best debut author! The sweeping West African-inspired YA epic tells a tale of elemental magic, oppression, and rebellion filled with fantastical locations and encounters as a young woman goes on a quest to return magic to her world.

Best of the Best

That’s right! Readers have the choice between ALL previous winners of a Goodreads Choice Award for the the “Best of the Best” category celebrating the event’s 10th anniversary. And that one winner was Angie ThomasThe Hate U Give, the thought-provoking and heart-wrenching tale of a young woman’s struggle between two parts of her life after witnessing the murder of her childhood friend at the hands of a police officer.

The category also featured three other YA books in the top ten: Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Mist and Fury, Suzanne CollinsCatching Fire, and John Green‘s The Fault In Our Stars.

There are also shout-outs to be given for the Middle Grade category, where Rick Riordan won for The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze. YA/adult crossover author Victora/V.E. Schwab also won the Sci-Fi category for Vengeful, the sequel to Vicious.

See the full list of winners here!

If your favorite didn’t win, fear not! There are still plenty of “Best of” lists on their way and we’re sure to peek some of those there!


By Kait

Kait is a New Englander, a YA book and adaptation lover, and a Slythindor, as well as a red velvet and red wine enthusiast. She likes to like things. Catch her on Twitter: @kaitmary

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