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YA for Grown-Ups

YA for Grown-Ups

It’s no secret that I love me some YA. {YA = Young Adult, and it refers to young adult literature…as in, books written for young adults. It’s nothing weird, I swear.} Not all YA books are created equal, though. Some are amazing…bonafide pieces of fine literature. Others, while fast and captivating reads, probably won’t be winning any literary awards, if you know what I mean. And still others are better left to the young adults they were written for in the first place.

There are a few YA books that I’ve read and loved, and these I am going to share with you here. These YA book recommendations will get you started if you need something new to read!

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1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – The Hunger Games is amazing. It’s well-written and will make you think, and it will keep you on the edge of your seat. It’s also got a strong female lead that you will want to root for from the very beginning. I love me some Katniss Everdeen, and I think you will, too. This book has turned into a well-deserved empire. I’m a huge fan of the movies and have added this to my “Read Again” list, and I completely recommend this entire series.

2. Divergent by Veronica Roth – I almost left this book off the list because, like Twilight, I think the subsequent books in the series leave something to be desired. But Divergent is a super-fun read and I raced through the entire series. I also enjoyed the movie (you can read my Divergent movie review here). 

3. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi – This is the first in a dystopian trilogy, and it’s probably my favorite book (and series) on this list. It starts off slow. You’ve got to give it a few chapters, but trust me on this one…stick with it. It is *so* worth it. I don’t usually get melty about teen romances, but this book just kind of did me in. :::SIGH::: Action-packed and full of fleshed-out characters you will learn to love, the love story is icing on the cake. I WANT MORE of this series.

4. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – This book is a little off-base from what I would normally read. It’s about a teenager with cancer and her friends with cancer. But I think it will surprise you. Surprisingly light-hearted and full of wit (why was I never that witty or mature as a teenager?), this book tackles something serious with a sense of humor and a lot of charm. The movie, which you’ll want to see after you read the book, is true to the story. I think you’ll like this one.

5. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer – OK. Let me just say that I totally understand that these are not literary masterpieces. We all know Bella is whiny and the author uses the word “marble” waaaaaay too many times when describing Edward’s alabaster skin (she uses that one too often, too). This is the first in a series of four books, and the last book left me wanting (and not in a good way. At all). BUT. For whatever reason? I devoured the first three books. Sometimes I just want to read a fun story, and I took the first three books for what they are – fun, easy, and hard-to-put-down. If you haven’t read them, I’d say it’s worth giving Twilight a try.

Here are some more book posts I think you might like:

This is just the beginning of this list. Please…tell me what I need to read next! I know you guys have had some great book suggestions before…please leave your YA book favorites in the comments so I can start reading!



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Ooh I’ve read all the ones on your list 🙂 I love YA. I have several bookshelves just dedicated to my YA collection – and that’s just print books. I have more on Kindle. And audio. 🙂

‘We Were Liars’ is, I think, a brilliant YA book. It is a book that stayed with me long after I finished it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you decide to read it. Best wishes Dawn.

Red Queen,and A Court of Thorns and Roses are 2 great books I have read recently.

You need to read Preties, Uglies, Specials and Extras by Scott Westerfield. Thanks for the list. I’ve read everything except Under the Never Sky and am eager to get that one!

Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Mass. Awesome heroine.

Girl of Fire and Thrones Series. Another awesome heroine, but even better because she is not your typical heroine at all.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom

I’m a teen librarian, and along with all the above:

Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy – fast paced, full of action and super witty.
Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give you the Sun –
Victoria Scott’s Fire and Flood & Salt and Stone (no word on when the 3rd will come out)
Ashfall series by Mike Mullin
and many many more…

See Jane Run by Hannah Jayne is pretty good. Thanks for the list!

I loved the Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meter. They are fairy tales retellings set in the future. Deep enough and fun enough that its hard to put down. There story is good!

Also the Percy Jackson & the Héroes of Olimpus series…wit, sassyness, batles, adventure, also romance. These are great series. Riordan keeps you on the edge, laughing and rooting for the chatacters

I really loved The Selection series (could NOT put down) And the Winner’s Kiss/Crime books. Real page turners!

I’ve read every book on this this. Let me say, Twilight teaches girls that they need a man to rescue them. I wouldn’t recommend that series to anyone (especially YAs). You missed the BEST series out there Harry Potter had some of the best written books, YA and adult. I’m sorry… I think you missed the boat on this list.

I opened this post purely because my bookshelf and yours look very similar, and I’m always looking for recommendations from people with similar tastes. Turns out I have read 2 of these books, 2 others are on my shelf waiting to be read and the last one (Under the Never Sky) I will add to my list to keep an eye out for!

In return, I highly recommend picking up something by Maria Snyder. Her YA books would fit very well into this list. She has written several sets of series, I have not yet made my way through all of them, but so far my favourite is the “Study Series”. The first book is called Poison Study, and starts with a young lady who is accused of committing a crime being given a choice to either become the official food taster (ie test for poison) or be condemned to death for her crime.

Shatter me series is great and a bunch of the ones that are listed above. The heart of betrayal as well 🙂 I’ve had the never ending sky book on my suggestions page from my iPad for a while now. This motivates me to try it!

Anything by Neal Shusterman

Yay! I’m a YA lover myself! Those were all great reads. I’m going to recommend the UNWIND series by Neil Shusterman the series really stays with you and I’ve read the series several times I loved it so much! I hope you like it….enjoy!

You should read The Raven Cycle – a series of four books that I read over a weekend because I could not put them down. The first book is The Raven Boys and the author is Maggie Stiefvater.

You should definitely look at Insurrection, by Kadee Carder! A YA adventure, first in a trilogy, about a girl and her best friends who end up on an island with these baseball-type robots who she has to learn how to destroy. Like, imagine playing the scariest game of baseball ever, to save your family. The second book should be coming out soon. Just loved it!

It seems to me that most of the books on this list have a female main character. For something different, as in a male lead, try Barry Lyga’s Jasper Dent series. It is really well done and one that I think adults and teens would enjoy. The first book is I Hunt Killers.

You missed The Giver (and subsequent books) by Lois Lowry!

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