This award is hosted by The Bookseller, a UK trade publication, in association with the Hay Festival. Their aim is to showcase the best in Young Adult books from the UK and Ireland, awarding the YA Book Prize annually to a novel the expert judges, including young people, think is something special.

Key Dates

Shortlist: 22 March 2019               Winner: 30 May 2019 (live at the Hay Festival)


Goodbye, Perfect by Sara Barnard

Goodbye, Perfect is a beautiful and emotional contemporary YA novel, with a powerful friendship at its heart, by bestselling author Sara Barnard.

Sara Barnard’s writing is an absolute triumph: this book is unputdownable and beautiful, unflinching in its exploration of important and complex topics and also a joy to read. A tender portrayal of the nuanced reality of teenage experiences and the journey to discovering who you are and what you stand for.

Laura Bates, Everyday Sexism founder and writer