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'A Heart in a Body in the world' By Deb Caletti

When everything has been taken from you, what else is there to do but run? So that’s what Annabelle does—she runs from Seattle to Washington, DC, through mountain passes and suburban landscapes, from long lonely roads to college towns. She’s not ready to think about the why yet, just the how—muscles burning, heart pumping, feet pounding the earth. But no matter how hard she tries, she can’t outrun the tragedy from the past year, or the person—The Taker—that haunts her. […] Through welcome and unwelcome distractions, she just keeps running, to the destination that awaits her. There, she’ll finally face what lies behind her—the miles and love and loss…and what is to come.

'The Lovely Bones' by Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold’s Memoir reveals how her life was completely changed after she was sexually assaulted near her college campus. It recounts her recovery, the reactions she faced, what she learned and ultimately how she contributed to her attacker’s capture and conviction.

"Each time I told my story, I lost a bit, the smallest drop of pain. It was that day that I knew I wanted to tell the story of my family. Because horror on Earth is real and it is every day. It is like a flower or like the sun; it cannot be contained."


'I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education And Was Shot By The Taliban' by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a girl from Mingora, Pakistan who wanted the freedom to go to school with her friends. In this book she stands up for the rights to equal education. She speaks against a very powerful group called the Taliban, which made her and her father a target. Malala was courageous enough to speak out when no one would.

"When the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful."


'Our Stories, Our Voices'

Twenty-one authors share deeply personal thoughts and experiences about growing up female in America. These essays explore themes ranging from the intersection of race and gender to women and weight, from first sexual experiences to the devastation of rape culture, from the unique facets of being first- or second-generation American to the role of faith in our culture, and everything in between.

"This book, this act of resistance, says our stories matter. Our lives matter. Our voices will not be silenced."


More Young Adult Books


'The Poet X' by Elizabeth Acevedo

“I only know that learning to believe in the power of my own words has been the most freeing experience of my life. It has brought me the most light. And isn't that what a poem is? A lantern glowing in the dark.”


'Children of Blood and Bone' by Tomi Adeyemi

“You crushed us to build your monarchy on the backs of our blood and bone. Your mistake wasn't keeping us alive. it was thinking we'd never fight back.”


'Love Hate And Other Filters' by Samira Ahmed

“One thing I’ve learned: people love a camera, and when I’m filming, they see it, not me, so whenever I need to, I can quietly disappear behind my trusty shield.”


The full list of The 25 Best Young Adult Books of 2018 by Kerri Jarema can be found on Bustle.