What’s on tap in 2011: YA selections

In my continuing series on upcoming reads in 2011, today I’m offering up some of the YA books eagerly anticipated here at Book, Line, and Sinker.  Last week I revealed my nonfiction picks, and next week fiction will be on the docket.

YA fiction is something I enjoy personally and professionally. My high school students often come to me for book recommendations, so keeping up with current and future releases is paramount–god forbid my students think I’m slipping when it comes to books! Ha.

Here are 9 of my picks for YA books* to watch in 2011:

January 1, 2011

Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Point/288 pages)

I purchased this one after reading Kathy’s review over at Bermuda Onion.  It was a quick and clean read, and I can’t wait to introduce it in my class after winter break!  The short of Prom and Prejudice: A classic with a contemporary twist!

February 1, 2011

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (Harper Collins/448 pages)

I fell for Oliver’s writing after reading a glowing review of Before I Fall over at Rhapsody in BooksDelirium is the first book in a dystopian trilogy.  The short of Delirium: Love is a disease that needs to be cured.

February 3, 2011

Close to Famous by Joan Bauer (Viking Juvenile/240 pages)

I use two of Bauer’s books–Hope Was Here and Rules of the Road–in my classroom and am hoping this one will will be the third.  Her books are clean and cover contemporary social issues.  The short of Close to Famous: Dreams aren’t always easy to achieve.

March 1, 2011

Clarity by Kim Harrington (Point/256 pages)

This is Harrington’s debut novel and tells the story of a girl who can ‘see’ things.  The short of Clarity: A paranormal novel with a murder that needs to be solved.

April 26, 2011

Bumped by Megan McCafferty (Balzer + Bray/304 pages)

One of my favorite authors, Megan McCafferty (of the Jessica Darling series fame) is out with a new YA book–the first in a short series–and she’s crossing into the dystopian arena!  The short of Bumped: In this universe, under-18s are the only females who can get pregnant.

May 10, 2011

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (Viking Juvenile/416 pages)

I’ve read several Dessen novels and though they aren’t my favorites, they are always big hits with my students.  The short of What Happened to Goodbye: Tired of reinventing herself, Mclean longs to know who she really is.

May 24, 2011

Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi (Hyperion Books/336 pages)

Violi’s debut novel has a quirky premise but the themes are solid–loss, social pressure, and life after high school.  The short of PMoDP: You can have a life working with the dead.

June 14, 2011

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma (Dutton Juvenile/304 pages)

Initially pulled in by the cover, I was soon absorbed by the synopsis and can’t wait to get my paws on a copy of this book!  The short of Imaginary Girls: A dramatic tale of sisters and secrets.

June 14, 2011

Bad to Cursed by Katie Alender (Hyperion Books/352 pages)

The follow up to the paranormal hit Bad Girls Don’t Die, and the second book of the trilogy, I’m eagerly awaiting Bad to Cursed to catch up with Alexis and Kasey. The short of Bad to Cursed: Just how far will some girls go to be popular?

And those are some of the YA books that I’m awaiting in the next few months.  Did you see anything you like or did I miss anything you’re looking forward to reading?

*Book titles, covers, and release dates are all subject to change.


  • At 2011.01.10 10:03, rhapsodyinbooks said:

    These all look good to me as well! I actually already “pre-ordered” Delirium from Amazon!

    • At 2011.01.10 14:25, Jess - A Book Hoarder said:

      Want it…have to read it…crap! When I am in debt because of all these awesome books I keep seeing, my husband is going to be so mad…
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      • At 2011.01.10 15:50, Belle Wong said:

        What a great list. I love the title Putting Makeup on Dead People. And Clarity definitely sounds like one I’d enjoy.

        • At 2011.01.10 17:08, vivienne said:

          Fab list. I am after Delirium.
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          • At 2011.01.10 19:29, Erin said:

            I just finished Delirium, and whew! It started kind of slowly for me, but about halfway through it took off. Before I Fall has been on my TBR list for a while now, but after finishing Delirium I immediately put Oliver’s older book on order at my library!
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            • At 2011.01.10 20:57, toothybooks said:

              great list! i need to pick up the jessica darling series! you and meg have officially convinced me that i need to read that series.

              in other news, i finally picked up a copy of before i fall after reading you review of it and i loved it!!! i practically devoured it in two days. so thanks for the rec!

              • At 2011.01.11 15:01, Meg said:

                Oooh, lots of great picks! I’m embarrassed to say I haven’t started Bumped yet, though I’m dying (DYING!) to get to it! Very excited about the new Sarah Dessen, too, and Close To Famous has a lovely cover. Bauer is a YA author I’ve been meaning to check out.
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                • At 2011.01.11 20:24, bermudaonion (Kathy) said:

                  I’m so glad you enjoyed Prom and Prejudice. I thought it was delightful. I’ll be watching for some of those books too.

                  • At 2011.01.11 20:33, Kathleen said:

                    I’d love to read the new Oliver book. I was really impacted by Before I Fall.
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                    • At 2011.01.11 21:45, Coffee and a Book Chick said:

                      These look fantastic and ones that I’m going to have to keep an eye out for as well. I’d also encourage you to read Across the Universe by Beth Revis – murder mystery in space, and in the future. It. Was. Incredible.
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                      • At 2011.01.12 01:43, Nicole said:

                        I have Delirium. A Discovery of Witches just beat it in terms of what I will be reading next, but I am planning on getting to it sooner rather than later.
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                        • At 2011.01.16 12:59, kay @ Infiniteshelf said:

                          Great list! I’m waiting on some of these, too, but I’m discovering some new ones too : mainly Bad to Curse, which is nice to know since I read the first book
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