Behold, the three stages of a book obsession. Innocently pick up a book, not yet realizing it will provide a magical experience. Dive into a world composed of words that is somehow, miraculously more interesting than the physical world. Then, try to get everyone you know to read said book. "It will change your life," you whisper, with slightly crazed intensity.
These kind of word-of-mouth recommendations are often the best kind. If you're in search of book recommendations, ask people about the books they can't stop pushing into their friends' hands. The books they encountered months ago, but keep thinking about (defying that frustrating tendency to immediately forget every book we read).
So, to navigate the ever-booming world of YA fiction, we turned to the experts: authors themselves. We asked some of our favorite YA authors working today, like Tomi Adeyemi, Sarah Dessen, Ellen Hopkins, and Maurene Goo, to tell us the book they can't stop raving about. We'll be updating this story throughout the course of Refinery29's YA Month in April, so be sure to check back in.