These YA books were crowned victors of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards

Elizabeth Acevedo, Christopher Paolini and Sarah J. Maas won big this year.


The 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards have drawn to a close. As with every year, readers on the bookish social media website voted for the top books across numerous categories — including two in YA.

In the Young Adult category, the top winner was Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo. Acevedo’s “a novel-in-verse” explores themes of grief and family, following the lives of Camino and Yahaira Rios who discover each other after their father dies in a plane crash. The book won with 39,335 votes.

Holly Black’s The Queen of Nothing also earned the number one pick in the Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction category. This is the third book in the Folk of the Air series, which kicked off with The Cruel Prince in 2018. In fact, this is the second year in a row that Black has snagged the top prize in this category, the second book in the series, The Wicked King, winning 2019’s award.

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In the Best Middle Grade & Children’s category, Rick Riordan’s The Tower of Nero won with a massive lead over its competition, with 49,341 votes in total. Christopher Paolini’s To Sleep in a Sea of Stars dominated the Science Fiction category with 45,833 votes. And Sarah J. Maas had one of the highest vote counts across all categories — 95,084 votes — which won her the Fantasy award with House of Earth and Blood.

Here’s a full list of all the finalists in the young adult categories, along with their vote counts.

Best Young Adult Fiction

  • Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo — 39,335 votes 👑
  • A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson — 36,285 votes
  • One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus — 34,540 votes
  • Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender — 24,077 votes
  • You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson — 22,779 votes
  • The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes — 20,639 votes
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson — 18,985 votes
  • Majesty by Katharine McGee — 18,887 votes
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord — 18,184 votes
  • The Gravity of Us by Phil Stamper — 15,185 votes
  • Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson — 6,837 votes
  • Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli — 6,494 votes
  • The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar — 4,547 votes
  • Only Mostly Devastated by Sophie Gonzales — 3,998 votes
  • Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi — 3,956 votes
  • This Is My America by Kim Johnson — 1,913 votes
  • Today Tonight Tomorrow by Rachel Lynn Solomon — 1,251 votes
  • Darius the Great Deserves Better by Adib Khorram — 1,007 votes
  • Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez — 953 votes
  • Beyond the Break by Heather Buchta — 771 votes

Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black — 62,771 votes 👑
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins — 59,681 votes
  • Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare — 42,233 votes
  • Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer — 35,466 votes
  • Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi — 28,489 votes
  • Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas — 27,570 votes
  • Starsight by Brandon Sanderson — 27,263 votes
  • Fable by Adrienne Young — 15,617 votes
  • Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron — 15,179 votes
  • Legendborn by Tracy Deonn — 14,101 votes
  • Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust — 6,107 votes
  • A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown — 5,577 votes
  • The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu — 5,423 votes
  • These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong — 3,461 votes
  • Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman — 3,161 votes
  • All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace — 2,956 votes
  • The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller — 2,928 votes
  • The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune — 2,249 votes
  • Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner — 1,726 votes
  • Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko — 1,205 votes

You can see a full list of the winners of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards on the Goodreads website.

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