It’s time. After over sixty intense head-to-head match-ups, the championship round is finally here. Only two teams are left, and they have the rest of this weekend to battle it out. We’ll be opening up voting at the end of this post, but first let’s revisit the most exciting moment from each round of this tournament.
Top Highlight From Round #1:
When the voting for Round 1 locked, we had an unprecedented situation in which three match-ups were locked in a dead heat. To break the tie, we posted a last-minute overtime poll on our Instagram this morning. Thanks to a groundswell of last-minute fan support, the tournament continued for Stephen Chbosky's classic The Perks Of Being A Wallflower, Rick Riordan's series Heroes Of Olympus, and Christopher Paolini's bestselling fantasy novel The Fork, The Witch, And The Worm.
Top Highlight From Round #2:
After an overtime save in Round 1, Rick Riordan's popular fantasy series Heroes Of Olympus had to face off against... Rick Riordan's other popular series Percy Jackson And The Olympians. Rick versus Rick? It's like having to choose your favorite child (assuming, of course, that your favorite child was actually descended from the gods). How do you even pick a favorite there? But that’s exactly what you did. And you chose to send Percy Jackson to the Sweet 16.
Top Highlight From Sweet 16:
With just a few hours left in the Sweet 16, Jenny Han's adorable To All The Boys I've Loved Before and Rick Riordan's epic Percy Jackson And The Olympians were separated by less than a percentage point. After a last-minute push on social media to #SaveYourFav, TATBILB pulled ahead by nearly seven points and advanced to the Elite 8. During this time, TATBILB was also voted as the second-most-likely book to win it all, ranked only behind Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give--which was eliminated only hours afterwards.
Top Highlight From Elite 8:
Going into the midnight hours of the Elite 8, Angie Thomas' On The Come Up and Nicola Yoon's The Sun Is Also A Star were locked in a dead heat. Even after an intense late-night rally, the match was still too close to call when votes locked. The match was sent into overtime, resulting in a flash Instagram poll. Thanks to a groundswell of fan support, The Sun Is Also A Star emerged victorious and made it to the Final Four.
Top Highlight From Final 4:
In last year’s championship round, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter emerged victorious from a brutal back-and-forth with Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give. Now, after defeating Elizabeth Acevedo’s award-winning The Poet X in the Final Four, Harry Potter’s looking for a championship repeat. In order to do so, it will need to defeat fan favorite To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Whoever wins this year, one thing’s for sure: it’s going to be an epic championship match.
And now it’s time to cast your vote! Click the image below to cast your vote for this year's #BookMadness champion, and be sure to share the excitement on social media. On Monday, we’ll be officially announcing the winner on our Instagram and Twitter accounts. Be sure to give us a follow if you aren’t already!