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Trend Watch 2013

The year is halfway over and we’re tracking trends.  So, what are we seeing?  We’ll be tracking it right here.  But I can’t read everything (even though I try!) and we need your help!  Leave us a comment or Tweet us at #trendwatch2013.  We need to come up with 10 signficant trends in #yalit for 2013 to create this year’s poster.  Previous years posters are available after the jump.

Here’s how it will work:  Tell us what trends you see in the comments.  We can compile a list of more than 10.  Beginning in July, we will ask readers to vote on what they feel are the Top 10 Trends in YA Lit.  In August, we’ll put the poster together.  In addition, if you know of a title that fits a trend listed on the page or in the comments, please share.  Thank you.

Some Possible Trends

Unconventional Main Characters

In Dualed by Elise Chapman, we see a teenaged female hitman.  Technically they are called Strikers in this world, but she is a hitman.  And in Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan our main character is a female thief who becomes part of the Queen’s guard (it’s historical fiction).

You could Have Been an X-Men

Characters with mutant like powers.  New titles to add to this list: Blackout by Robison Wells (coming out in October) and The Twelve-Fingered Boy

Teenage Assasins

Dualed by Elise Chapman, Nobody by Jennifer Lynne Barnes, Mind Games by Kiersten White
Rich Teen, Poor Teen: Socioeconomic Diversity in YA Lit

Rich Teens: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney, Winger by Andrew Smith
Poor Teens: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Strong Male Voices

Winger by Andrew Smith, Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin, When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

It’s a Tech Thing: Technology in the Lives of Teens

Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt , Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown, Canary by Rachele Alpine

2010 Trends


  1. Hooray for unconventional main characters!

    I'd also suggest a trend of thriller/horror YA titles. I've recently read chilling ARCs for ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE by Kate Karyus Quinn (June, 2013) and PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard (Sept., 2013). I suspect this will be a trend to watch in 2013!

  2. Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers (2012) features Ismae, a trained assassin in 15th century Brittany.

  3. Bullying – lots and lots of books on bullying.

  4. Bullying? Woo hoo, I was ahead of the trend!

  5. Inspired by Fairy Tales:
    Cinder and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
    Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
    Kill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

  6. Anonymous says:

    I agree with bullying as a trend.

    GLBT and Re-telling fairy tales are continuing trends.
    Seems like lots more steampunk as well.
    Historical fiction – Code Name Verity, Hattie Ever After/Hattie Big Sky

    What do you guys think will be next as far as paranormal? Ghosts?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Teenage assassins- I agree and Robin Lafevers has a second teen assassin in Dark Triumph (Fair Assasins series)

  8. Anonymous says:

    fae/fairies- muli-dimensional worlds where the hero/heroine has to cross over from world to world

  9. Anonymous says:

    Teenage assassins – June(female also) in Legend by Marie Lu
    Inspired by Fairy Tales – The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman
    It's a Tech Thing – The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

  10. REVENGE!

    Three titles:
    Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
    Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe
    The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door by Karen Finneyfrock

    I haven't read any of these yet, so I don't know how much they are actually alike, but the titles sure are similar.

  11. mutants – also the Kathy Reichs Viral and the followup fit this

    lots of outbreak stuff as well, some of which is tied to zombies and some not. ie:
    Quarantine (#2 just out now)
    Sick (coming October)

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