The Top 40 Young Adult Books of 2021 (So Far)

Posted by Sharon on June 7, 2021


Oh hey, we're nearly halfway through 2021! We can't really believe it either...

Traditionally, this is the time when the Goodreads editorial team takes a deep dive into our data to see which books published in the U.S. during the first six months of the year have been most popular, highly anticipated, and highly rated among our collective 125 million members. For the curious, we measure popularity by how often a book is added to readers' Want to Read shelves while also filtering out books that fall below a 3.5 star–average rating (at the time this article was written).

Below, you'll find the YA books published so far in 2021 that have been huge hits with Goodreads members. Scroll over the covers to learn more about each book, and be sure to add the books that pique your interest to your Want to Read shelf!
 
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Which of these books have you read and enjoyed? Which ones are you looking forward to picking up? Let's talk books in the comments!

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message 1: by Doris (last edited Jun 08, 2021 07:23AM) (new)

Doris Fisher Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly needs to be listed, tho it’s middle grade, all ages would love it!


message 2: by Samantha (new)

Samantha Cribbin While I agree that it is a wonderful book and I completely loved it, Song for a Whale was not published in 2021.


message 3: by Ashley (last edited Jun 08, 2021 12:22PM) (new)

Ashley Collins Look at this list! So many awesome titles!


Solace_In_Reading So happy to see Wings of Ebony here! I'd love to see We Free the Stars here as well.


Jimin'sRamenNoodles (ThatKpopGirl) I'd add Bias to the list also. She's a debut author that is gaining ratings pretty quickly, because Korean Popculture (K-pop) is taking off pretty quickly all around the world. People seem to really love this K-pop book in particular.
Bias by Lucy Gold


message 6: by Bethea (new)

Bethea The Adventure is Now should be on the list!! Such a fantastic read!


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