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FYA Book Club: 2015 Yearbook

Take a look back at the past year of the FYA Book Club, and find out the fave FYABC pick of 2015!

FYA Book Club: 2015 Yearbook

Stop me if you've heard this before, but 2015 was another banner year for the FYA Book Club!

Here are a few of the many fabulous faces that you'll find at our meetings! (Click to enlarge.)


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Top: Atlanta, GA; Dallas/Fort Worth, TX; Hollywood/Pembroke Pines, FL (x2)
Bottom: Central Illinois; Little Rock, AR; Vancouver, WA (x2)

And here are the books that they met up to discuss!

JANUARY: Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

FEBRUARY: The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

MARCH: I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan

APRIL: Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff

MAY: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

JUNE: Jackaby by William Ritter

JULY: I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

AUGUST: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

SEPTEMBER: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

OCTOBER: Shutter by Courtney Alameda

NOVEMBER: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

DECEMBER: My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Out of those books, here are the fave FYABC picks of 2015, as chosen by FYABCers around the world!

3. I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

2.  My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

1.  I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Just as in previous years, FYABC hit up the bookish festivals. (Click for recaps, where available.)

  
  

Top: ATX Television Festival (Austin, TX); GeekyCon (Orlando North, FL); North Texas Teen Book Festival (Austin, TX); North Texas Teen Book Festival (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX)
Middle: Southern Festival of Books (Chattanooga, TN); Tavares Book Festival (Orlando North, FL); Vulture Festival (Manhattan, NY)
Bottom:
YALLFest (Charleston, SC + Johnson City, TN + San Francisco, CA); WorldCon (Chicago, IL)

In addition to hanging out with cool YA authors...

 
 

Top: Miriam Forster (Portland, OR); David Levithan (Johnson City, TN); Liz Maccie and Stephen Chbosky (Manhattan, NY)
Bottom: Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Megan McCafferty, and A.G. Howard (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX); Jennifer E. Smith (Manhattan, NY); Nicola Yoon (Johnson City, TN)

... some of our clubs even got to celebrate the authors -- or, should I say, Authrs within their own chapters, WHAT WHAT!

Maggie Hall (Albuquerque, NM); Jenny Martin and Julie Murphy (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX); Whitney Miller (San Francisco, CA)

And thanks to our intrepid Jennie of FYA HQ and SFFYA, we can a couple of new activities in our FYABC Kid Kits: a bookish burlesque bachelorette and #FYADoesVegas!

Speaking of #FYADoesVegas -- well, 1) it's on again this year (!!!), and 2) last year may have reached peak number of inter-chapter FYABC meetups thus far!


 

Top: #FYADoesVegas 2015 (San Francisco, CA; Vancouver, BC; Charleston, SC; Columbus, OH; Edmonton, AB); Edmonton, AB meets Washington, DC; FYA HQ (Austin, TX; Edmonton, AB; San Francisco, CA) meets Pittsburgh, PA;
Bottom: Manhattan, NY meets San Francisco, CA; Toronto, ON meets Edmonton, AB; Washington, DC meets San Francisco, CA

2015 also saw the return of #YASummerShowdown with 24 total teams participating, which nearly doubled the number from the year before!

And as always, we're constantly adding new chapters to the FYABC family!

Arlington, TX
Auburn, AL
Bothell, WA
Brattleboro, VT
Calgary, AB
Cape Girardeau, MO
Charleston, SC
Chesapeake, VA
Darien, CT
Johnson City, TN
Lexington, KY
Little Rock, AR
Melbourne, Australia
Miami, FL

Millburn, NJ
New Orleans, LA
Pensacola, FL
Petaluma, CA
Poughkeepsie, NY
Sacramento, CA
Savannah, GA
Shreveport, LA
Staunton, VA
Stockton, CA
Westlake, OH
Williamsport, PA
Winnipeg, MB
 

So what else is new in FYABC? Within the later part of 2015, we started launching a few new FYABC features that y'all will be seeing much more of.

Monthly calendars inspired by FYABC selections, courtesy of our graphics wiz, Mandy C.


Top: Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer; Shutter by Courtney Alameda
Bottom:
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios; My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins

Increasingly pun-tastic cocktails, from our resident mixologist, Jennie.


 

Top: The Bite & Sting (The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski); I'll Give You the Rum (I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson)
Bottom: I'll Peat You Pear (
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios); My Brew Love Gave to Me (My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins)

Month-long coverage of official FYA Book Club selections, such as FYA'll Meet You There in November.

Last and definitely least, my bestworst (™ Mandy C.) idea from the previous year: Hot People Reading FYABC Picks.



 

It's been a slice and then some, 2015. Here's to another great year for the FYA Book Club in 2016!

Want to join an FYA Book Club? We've got locations worldwide! Don't have one near you? Grab a cocktail, send us an email and start one today!

Mandy Wan's photo About the Author: Residing in Edmonton, AB, Mandy unabashedly loves YA lit, frozen desserts, and terrible puns.