Caroline Carpenter, The Bookseller's web editor and one of the panel of judges said: "We’re delighted to share this year’s YA10, showcasing the breadth and brilliance of YA publishing in the UK and Ireland today. Among the submissions, we saw three main trends: books about teenagers struggling with their mental health, books set in or around water, and books increasingly concerned with borders. These timely themes reflect some of the biggest issues facing not just young people, but also society in general at the moment, and they are all represented on the shortlist in some way. I’m excited to see which book the judges select as their victor.”
Sara Barnard’s third novel, Goodbye Perfect (Macmillan, £7.99), has high potential to be simply an “issue” book, but she avoids being too didactic about what Bonnie and Eden view as “true love” and the media insists is a case of grooming. What we have instead is a nuanced portrayal of how the crisis affects Eden... As with Barnard’s other work, the yearning teenage voice is sometimes painfully authentic, and the avoidance of easy solutions adds to the tremendous sense of realism. A superb contemporary drama.