Quality graphic novels for teens and young adults flourished in 2022 and BCLS has you covered! From romance to dystopian future, supernatural horror to gender identity, a wide range of genres, themes and topics are represented in this “best of” list of both digital and physical material. So, grab your library card, start requesting and get ready to be affected.
Cat + Gamer by Wataru Nadatani
Riko, a 29-year-old office worker with an obsession for video games, finds her quiet life upended when she takes in a stray cat! Having no experience with pets, Riko uses lessons drawn from video games to guide her in cat care, while her cute companion tries to understand her behavior through a cat's worldview.
Clementine Book One by Tillie Walden
Clementine is back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge a new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement.
Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky
Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without a power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet's love? Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, can Valissa and Preet find their way back to each other?
Coven by Jennifer Dugan
A young witch races to solve the grisly supernatural murders of her coven members before the killer strikes again. This gorgeously illustrated tale mashes together murder mystery and witchcraft.
Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo and Dani Pendergast
Before he led Ravka's Second Army, before he created the Fold, and long before he became the Darkling, he was just a lonely boy burdened by an extraordinary power. Eryk and his mother, Lena, are feared by those who wish to destroy them and hunted by those who would exploit their gifts, so they must hide their true abilities wherever they go.
Fangirl: Volume 2 by Sam Maggs and Gabi Nam
Cath just wants to hang out with her twin sister and write fanfiction. But now that they're in college, her sister doesn't have time for her.
Fine: A Comic About Gender by Rhea Ewing
As Rhea Ewing neared college graduation in 2012, they became consumed by the question: What is gender? A decade later, their project has exploded into a fantastical and informative portrait of a surprisingly vast community spread across the country.
Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman
Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love...
Hollow by Shannon Watters, Branden Boyer-White and Berenice Nelle
Isabel "Izzy" Crane and her family have just relocated to Sleepy Hollow, the town made famous by – and obsessed with – Washington Irving's legend of the Headless Horseman. But city slicker-skeptic Izzy has no time for superstition as she navigates life at a new address, a new school, and, with any luck, with new friends. Ghost stories aren't real, after all...
Incredible Doom: Volume 2 by Matthew Bogart
In this thrilling sequel to Incredible Doom: Volume 1, Samir finds that life as a runaway isn't all he thought it would be; Allison spirals trying to impress her new "friends;" Tina considers leaving town to follow a passionate new connection; and Richard faces down a volatile classmate with a score to settle. Can these friendships forged on the internet – the most controversial tool of the modern era – survive the "real world" . . . or will they drop like a bad connection?
Magical Boy: Volume 2 by Kao Studios
Although he was assigned female at birth, Max is your average trans man trying to get through high school as himself. But on top of classes, crushes, and coming out, Max's life is turned upside down when his mom reveals an eons old family secret: he's descended from a long line of Magical Girls tasked with defending humanity from a dark, ancient evil!
Messy Roots by Laura Gao
Seamlessly toggling between past and present, this funny graphic memoir follows a queer Chinese American's immigration to Texas where she just wants to make the basketball team, escape Chinese school, and figure out why she is attracted to girls.
Mister Miracle: The Great Escape by Varian Johnson and Daniel Isles
Scott Free, a student at the Goodness Academy on the planet Apokolips, wants to escape to Earth but falls in love with the head of the Female Furies – the one person tasked with ensuring he never escapes.
Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo
One day, everything was exactly as it was supposed to be. And the next, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just... gone. A search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle.
Pixels of You by Yuko Ota
A human and human-presenting AI slowly become friends and maybe more in this moving graphic novel. Pixels of You is about the slow transformation of a rivalry to a friendship to something more as Indira and Fawn navigate each other, the world around them and what it means to be an artist and a person.
Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh
Aiza has always dreamt of becoming a Knight, but it's not at all how she imagined it would be. In this breathtaking and timely story, she will have to choose, once and for all: loyalty to her heart and heritage, or loyalty to the Empire.
Welcome to St. Hell by Lewis Hancox
Lewis Hancox has a few things to say to his younger teen self and takes readers on the hilarious, heartbreaking and healing path he took to make it past trauma, confusion, hurt and dubious fashion choices in order to become the man he was meant to be.