Instead of listing my favorite books of 2019, I decided to put together a selection of my most anticipated YA books of 2020. I finished well over 100 books in 2019. Most of the books I’m looking forward to most in 2020 are by authors whose novels I loved in 2019.
After reading Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, I was excited to find her newest book With the Fire on High. Unlike The Poet X, which was written in verse, this book is a traditional novel, but retains Acevedo’s incredible ability to create rich characters and environments.
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo is the third book I’ve read from Jennifer Lynn Barnes’s University of Oklahoma YA syllabus. It’s written in verse by an award-winning slam poet, and definitely not a book I would have picked up on my own.