More often than not, my desk resembles a teen’s lending library rather than an adult’s workspace. And I’m totally cool with that because I wouldn’t want to miss out on even one of the amazing reads that came out this year. As another 365 days of vampire romances, dystopian thrillers and murder mysteries comes to a close, it seems the opportune time to reflect on the year in YA.
And what a year it was. We were introduced to a handful of debut authors who are bound to leave their mark on the literary scene (we’re looking at you, Veronica Roth, Marie Lu and Tahereh Mafi!). We dove into new series from old favorites (Richelle Mead’s “Bloodlines”). And we continued our adventures with the usual suspects (Cassandra Clare, Ally Condie and Melissa de la Cruz). We stayed up late, reading just one more chapter until it was dawn, shuffling into school or the office like so many brain-hungry zombies. And we adored every second of it. And now it’s time for you, Crushers, to declare your undying love and devotion for the book that made your year. What was your favorite YA novel of 2011? Vote in our poll after the jump!
(The poll closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on December 25. We’ll announce the winner on December 27.)
Which novel are you rooting for? Did we leave one of your favorites off of the list? Spill it all in the comments and on Twitter!