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YA Recommendations




So you’re ready to jump into the fresh and exciting world of YA books? Well, I’ve got some favorites for you. This list is by no means exclusive or complete. It will grow as long as there are new YA books going out into the world, so like forever…

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

            A protag we can all learn from.

Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak, Wintergirls

            Rape. Eating Disorder. Finding your voice. And watching it disappear.

Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why

            Why would someone end it all?

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

            Life on the outside looking in.

Liz Coley, Pretty Girl 13

            Will haunt you for days.

Debra Driza, Mila 2.0

            Finding out who you are, can destroy you.

John Green (You CANNOT go wrong with any of his books. Male Protag typically.)

An Abundance of Katherines

Looking for Alaska

The Fault in Our Stars

Will Grayson Will Grayson

Ellen Hopkins, Crank 

            Drug addiction in verse. (Yeah, it’s freakin’ amazing)
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

            How would you change your last day?

Rainbow Rowell, Eleanor & Park

A story about real life and first love and so much more.

Kimberly Sabatini, Touching the Surface

It will touch your heart.  

 

I am a sucker for a series. Here are some of my All-time Favs.

Cassandra Clare, City of Bones  

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Becca Fitzpatrick, Hush, Hush

Paranormal Romance

Ellen Hopkins, Crank

            *I already mentioned her, but she’s great. Try her out.

Stephenie Meyers, Twilight  

Paranormal Romance

Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Dystopia

Veronica Roth, Divergent 

Dystopia, Sci Fi
**To find any of these, type the title or the author into Google and hit Enter!
Write on,
Kim Briggs

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