NSFW? YA Books That Have…

The beauty of being a school librarian is that you have a variety of readers in unique communities.  But along with beauty comes the part where books you may want in the library will possibly become a barrage of parental and administrative emails asking, “Why is this book in the library?”  Whether softly or loudly, this has been spoken to most of us.  Defending a book is part of our jobs as librarians and ALA supports us with their Freedom to Read Statement

Librarians also come in all types and perspectives.  There are some who don’t bat an eye at a book and will put it in the collection, while others may reconsider adding it because of content deemed too mature for particular audiences.  But still, we can’t read every book and often rely on others to help with information that may help.

So here is are list of books I’ve read that I think were ALL EXCELLENT READS.  Each of them contains a scene/scenes sexual in nature.   I am NOT here to create a booklist of challenged/censored books, so please don’t jump to that conclusion. In fact, I also added why I would recommend this book to teens/libraries.  So, for those out there who may want to know, this is for you.  And those who don’t really care if sex is a part of a YA novel, this is also for you.

34323570Furyborn by Claire Legrand

2018, Sourcebooks Fire

Genre: Fantasy

Link to publisher summary

Professional reviews for this book include School Library Journal and Booklist.  Is included on Goodreads Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018 and Buzzfeed’s Most Anticipated Title of Spring 2018.  It was also listed on the New York Times Bestseller’s List.

From this blogger:  I absolutely loved the way the author weaved together past and present, good and evil, and love and hate in a beautifully written fantasy book.  The world Legrand creates is one that doesn’t complicate, but creates a structure where readers will look for more stories to complete the picture. Looking forward to more novels to follow.  Recommended for HS

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Downtime by Barry Lyga

2018 Hatchette

Genre: Thriller

Link to publisher summary of audiobook (this is the format I used)

I couldn’t find any professional reviews for this.  It could be because it is in e-book and audiobook format only because it’s a short prequel.  I was eager to listen to it because I absolutely loved his Jasper Dent I Hunt Killers series.  This book is about his father, Billy Dent, and the beginning of his murderous killing spree as a super serial killer.

From this blogger:  One of my favorite genres, Lyga doesn’t disappoint with this prequel.  After reading his IHK series, he allows the reader a peek into the socio and psychopathic mind of Jasper’s father and creates a link for the reader depicting Jasper as an infant and the relationship that begins from the onset.

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

2018, HarperTeen

Genre: Realistic Fiction; Novel in Verse

Link to publisher summary

Professional reviews for this book include Booklist, Hornbook and School Library Journal.  This is a National Book Award Longlist title

From this blogger:  Acevedo is able to take the reader through the list of Xiomara trying to balance her families expectations against the cultural teen norms she wants to be a part of.  Diversity plays a huge role in this eloquent novel in verse and how society and culture play a crucial role in a young girl’s/teenager life.  HIGHLY recommended for HS.

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Words on Bathroom Walls by Julia Walton

2017, Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Link to publisher summary

Professional reviews for this book include Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, and School Library Journal.  This book is also on YALSA’s Best Fiction for Young Adults 2018 list and is in post producation as a movie (release date unknown).

From this blogger:  Schizophrenia is a word people know, but very few really understand.  The journey Walton takes us on through the Adam’s diary to his psychiatrist (and postscripts by the doctor as well) shows the triumphs and difficulties of this mental illness.  The reader will walk alongside Adam through his ups and downs with medicine, family, and relationships, as well as a new school experience he must find his way through. HIGHLY recommended for HS.

31145130Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn

2017, First Second

Genre: Science Fiction; graphic novel

link to publisher summary (parent company)

Professional reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal.

From this blogger:  Earth is forever changed by the Derichets, intent on mining resources for their own gain.  Shinn does an excellent job of depicting that life and how societal structures have crumbled and the mighty have fallen.  Survival is tantamount serving the Derichets, but at what cost?  Resistance is critical, despite their past lives, where Colleen and Jann must make decisions together that could be the key to saving lives.  (sidenote:  there’s a boob shot in this one, on a single panel).  Recommended for JH/HS.

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