- Genre-blending – Is it magical realism or realistic fantasy? Whatever you want to call it, it doesn’t fit neatly into one category like we are used to. Some of the more interesting genre-blenders I’ve read recently: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton, There Will be Lies by Nick Lake, and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King.
- Distortion of Truth – This could be lumped in with the Secrets & Lies category I identified in my previous trend post, but I wonder if we’ll see more books focus on the media like The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi and How it Went Down by Kekla Magoon. I think that teens are thinking about and paying attention to issues like the ones addressed in these books.
- Verse – Novels in verse aren’t new (and there are lots of terrible ones out there), but I’ve read some particularly excellent or interesting verse novels this year. The Crossover by Kwame Alexander is one that comes to mind as a standout, but I might also mention A Time to Dance, which I blogged about here, and The Red Pencil.
- The Effects of Mental Illness – These books aren’t always the easiest books to read, but I’m glad that they exist. The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi is a powerful look at one family dealing with a mental break. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven is a heart-wrenching story of suicide and bipolar disorder. Whether it is about friends or family, the reality is that mental illness isn’t just about the people with the disease. Also: Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington and The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson.
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