I had a conversation with an agent last week that led to some recommendations for YA books that do an excellent job of showing the main character's emotional life, their inner motivations and desires. I thought I'd share the titles for the benefit of other writers struggling to find this balance (I think I'm always afraid of going too far and making everything overdramatic, and err on the side of not showing enough). Here are some books that got it right:
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (this one was also used as an example of voice in Eve Adler's workshop at our local SCBWI Spring Spirit Conference)
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
My own recommendations would be the Flavia De Luce mysteries by Alan Bradley:
Any other recommendations?