YA Friday: 100th Post

We are celebrating YA Friday's 100th Post by sharing the top 100 borrowed YA titles for the whole San José Public Library system. I was so excited to see The Hate U Give leading the pack in checkouts, followed by a diverse mix of young adult classics, epic fantasy series, swoon-worthy contemporary romances, and a combination of tearjerker and action-packed manga graphic novels.

The past 100 YA Friday posts have been so much fun to write and read. I hope you have looked forward to a new post each week and with it, discovered some new and old teen titles to checkout and enjoy. To the next 100 posts!

Top Ten Borrowed YA Titles at SJPL

The Hate U Give, book cover

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, book cover

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

To Kill A Mockingbird, book cover

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer, likes to spend her summers building treehouses, swimming, and catching lightning bugs with her big brother Jem. But one summer, when a black man is accused of raping a white woman, Scout's carefree days come to an end. In the county courtroom, she will join her father in a desperate battle against ignorance and prejudice.

Fahrenheit 451, book cover

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television 'family'. But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people did not live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.

To All the Boys I've Loved Before, book cover

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

With her idolized sister Margot leaving for college, Lara Jean doesn't feel ready for the coming changes: becoming more responsible for their younger sister, Kitty, helping their widowed father, or seeing Margot break up with Josh, the boy next door—whom Lara Jean secretly liked first. But there's even greater upheaval to come, when Lara Jean's five secret letters to the boys she's loved are mailed to them by accident. Lara Jean runs when sweet, dependable Josh tries to talk to her about her letter. And when Peter Kavinsky gets his letter, it brings him back into Lara Jean's life, all handsome, charming, layered and complicated. They start a fake relationship to help Lara Jean deal with Josh and Peter to get over his ex. But maybe Lara Jean and Peter will discover there's something more between them as they learn about themselves and each other.

1984, book cover

1984 by George Orwell

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -- a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -- a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.

Lord of the Flies, book cover

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and evil. And as order collapses, as strange howls echo in the night, as terror begins its reign, the hope of adventure seems as far from reality as the hope of being rescued.

The Hunger Games, book cover

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she steps forward to take her sister's place in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before - and survival, for her, is second nature. Without really meaning to, she becomes a contender. But if she is to win, she will have to start making choices that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

The Fault in Our Stars, book cover

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Turtles All the Way Down, book cover

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

High-school junior Aza has an obsessive fear of being infected with the bacteria Clostridium difficile (“C. diff”), which can be fatal. Her fear has become obsession, plaguing her with “intrusives,” thoughts that take over her mind, making her feel that she is not the author of her own life. She does, however, have a life: her father is dead; her mother is a teacher; her best friends are Mychal, a gifted artist, and Daisy, a well-known Star Wars fan-fiction author. To their trio is added Davis, whom Aza had known when they were 11. Davis’ billionaire father has decamped, pursued by the police, leaving Davis and his younger brother parentless (their mother is dead) and very much on their own. How will the friends cope with all this? And how will Aza cope with her own problems?

The Other Top Ninety Borrowed YA Titles at SJPL

The Outsiders, book cover
Animal Farm, book cover
The Giver, book cover
P.S. I Still Love You, book cover
Eleanor & Park, book cover
The Catcher in the Rye, book cover
Divergent, book cover
Cinder, book cover
Mockingjay, book cover
Stargirl, book cover
I Want to Eat your Pancreas, book cover
Catching Fire, book cover
Always and Forever, Lara Jean, book cover
One-punch Man, book cover
The House on Mango Street, book cover
My Hero Academia, book cover
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, book cover
The Great Gatsby, book cover
Renegades, book cover
Legend, book cover
Six of Crows, book cover
Ender's Game, book cover
Of Mice and Men, book cover
The Alchemist, book cover
The Sun Is Also A Star, book cover
Little Women, book cover
Rebel, book cover
All the Bright Places, book cover
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, book cover
Tokyo Ghoul, book cover
Insurgent, book cover
The Maze Runner, book cover
Five Feet Apart, book cover
Heartless, book cover
The Book Thief, book cover
I'll Give You the Sun, book cover
This One Summer, book cover
RWBY. Vol. 1, Red Like Roses, book cover
The Cruel Prince, book cover
Wayward Son, book cover
Cress, book cover
Fangirl, book cover
Archenemies, book cover
Crooked Kingdom, book cover
Dragon Ball Super, book cover
A Court of Thorns and Roses, book cover
Red Queen, book cover
Carry On, book cover
The Prince and the Dressmaker, book cover
Warcross, book cover
Assassination Classroom, book cover
Allegiant, book cover
The Handmaid's Tale, book cover
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, book cover
Thunderhead, book cover
The Wicked King, book cover
Haikyu!!, book cover
The Queen of Nothing, book cover
Looking for Alaska, book cover
The Shining, book cover
Paper Towns, book cover
Winter, book cover
Children of Virtue and Vengeance, book cover
Supernova, book cover
Harley Quinn : Breaking Glass, book cover
The Death Cure, book cover
Wildcard, book cover
Picture Us in the Light, book cover
On the Come Up, book cover
Scythe, book cover
An Abundance of Katherines, book cover
Eragon, book cover
Children of Blood and Bone, book cover
Pride and Prejudice, book cover
Shadow and Bone, book cover
Love, Stargirl, book cover
Scarlet, book cover
Prodigy, book cover
Teen Titans : Raven, book cover
The Old Man and the Sea, book cover
The Things They Carried, book cover
American Born Chinese, book cover
The Grapes of Wrath, book cover
They Both Die at the End, book cover
Case Closed, Volume 71, book cover
If I Stay, book cover
Throne of Glass, book cover
Around the World in Eighty Days, book cover
The Elite, book cover
Twilight, book cover