While We Run, by Karen Healey
We Are the Goldens, by Dana Reinhardt
Take Me On (Pushing the Limits), by Katie McGarry
Surrounded By Sharks, by Michael Northrop
One Man Guy, by Michael Barakiva
Oblivion, by Sasha Dawn
Meridian (Arclight), by Josin L. McQuein
Guy in Real Life, by Steve Brezenoff
Girls Like Us, by Gail Giles
The Girl with the Windup Heart (The Steampunk Chronicles), by Kady Cross
Divided (Dualed Sequel), by Elsie Chapman
Allies & Assassins, by Justin Somper
Bad Luck Girl: The American Fairy Trilogy Book 3, by Sarah Zettel
City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments), by Cassandra Clare
Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii, by Vicky Alvear Shecter
The Dark World (A Dark World Novel), by Cara Lynn Shultz
Guardian (Proxy), by Alex London
Dualed, by Elsie Chapman:
I give Chapman huge points for writing a dystopian set in a brutal kill-or-be-killed world...and just letting it be. Unlike every other YA dystopian I’ve read, Dualed never turns into a story about Standing Up To The Man or Fighting For Freedom. It’s purely a survival story, and it was a nice change to read about a protagonist who wasn’t a special snowflake* or a focal point for a rebellion.
The Good Braider, by Terry Farish:
It's got a fantastic sense of place and Farish conveys long periods of time spent waiting without ever slowing the pace of the story, both of which are quite impressive considering how few words she uses. The contrast between cultures is striking, and it's especially nice that the book portrays Viola attempting to understand and fit into American (and even more specifically, Maine**) culture, but never uses the somewhat-tired "I renounce my former culture/this new culture is so horrible and wrong; oh wait, now I'm proud to be a part of both cultures" storyline. She's drawn towards both worlds, but she just... keeps on keeping on, and eventually finds her place in both.
The Lucy Variations, by Sara Zarr:
It's about music; about art; about beauty; about snobbery and elitism; about grief; about trust and manipulation and spite; about how a clash between two stubborn people can ultimately result in both sides losing; about economic class and using people to further your own ends and living THROUGH other people and about CHOOSING YOURSELF. All of the relationships are so complex—Lucy and her mother, her father, her grandfather, her brother, her best friend, her teacher, and, of course, Will—that I really don't think it would be possible for me to praise it highly enough.
Rapture Practice: A True Story About Growing Up Gay in an Evangelical Family, by Aaron Hartzler:
There’s plenty of humor—the official Kirkus review called it “hilarious,” though I found it more subdued than that—but I had a lump in my throat for almost the entire 400 pages. It’s written with such emotional honesty that it’s impossible not to empathize with Hartzler’s young self: regardless of whether he’s writing about his Big Questions about God and religion or getting caught in a lie about buying the Pretty Woman soundtrack.