YA Book Prize 2022 Winner

It is our great pleasure to confirm Adiba Jaigirdar’s Hani and Ishu's Guide to Fake Dating as the winner of this year’s YA Book Prize.

Through the brilliantly plotted story of a mutually beneficial fake dating plan, this unputdownable queer YA novel charts the developing relationship between two Bengali girls and explores themes of racism and prejudice, bisexuality, and parental and peer pressures with immense honesty, warmth and humour.

 

Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating is an outstanding YA novel and a highly deserving winner of the YA Book Prize 2022. Jaigirdar’s characters are so real they jump off the page and her dialogue crackles with life and authenticity.’

Sarah Webb, JUDGE

The YA Book Prize Shortlist 2022

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Buried secrets burst into the open at an exclusive high school in this explosive thriller which doubles as a blistering critique of institutionalised racism.

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The author of Am I Normal Yet? and The Places I’ve Cried in Public delivers a smart and sassy high school drama in which the editor of the yearbook serves up some incendiary truths about the school’s mean girls.

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Inspired by West African mythology, Bowen’s mesmerising tale revolves around a mermaid forced to undergo a perilous quest after interfering with the natural order by saving a child thrown overboard from a slave ship.

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After Ash is killed in a car accident she must choose between becoming a Reaper gathering souls for the afterlife or seeing her first love Poppy again, in this impossibly quirky and affecting supernatural romance.

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Effortlessly blending the gritty social realism of South London’s streets with brilliantly judged fantastical flourishes, Fadugba’s assured debut centres on a boy who can see glimpses of the future and a girl desperately seeking answers about her parents.

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A pitch-perfect queer romcom from the author of Gay Club and Heartbreak Boys, You're the One that I Want follows unremarkable Freddie as he starts to take charge of his life by saying 'yes.'

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Opposites attract in this delightful and touching queer YA novel in which two Bengali girls put on a fake relationship only to find out they get on really rather well.

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Bold, unique and life-affirming, The Crossing is a powerful verse novel about two teenagers from opposite worlds dealing with different kinds of loss as their paths unexpectedly entwine.

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Deliciously eerie and unsettling and blessed with a haunting gothic atmosphere, House of Hollow centres on the mysterious disappearance – and even more mysterious reappearance – of three glamorous sisters possessed of a chilling charisma.

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Tackling the contentious theme of teenage pregnancy with sensitivity and intelligence, The First Day of My Life is another compellingly authentic read from the author of The Art of Being Normal.

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