The best, best part of YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults (BBYA) process is the traditional student feedback session held during the ALA Annual Convention. Each year, dozens of teens gather to testify about their favorite books of the year so far. This year, School Library Journal asked Diane Tuccillo to report on the sesssion. Her article is a spot-on summary of teens’ comments.

My favorite part was their commentary on The Roar, which wasn’t even on my radar at that point, and Soul Enchilada, which I wasn’t sure was on theirs. Here’s a snippet of their comments:

“Teens loved the strong female character and the humor in this book. One teen said she “admired the character not giving in to anyone, not even if it is the devil himself,” and another, in agreement, liked how she “did not take crap from anyone.”