Best Young Adult Novels, Part 2
Earlier this month, we did a blog post on young adult novels. But listing 15 books doesn’t even really scratch the surface of all the great books in this genre. And it’s not just the newer books that have cropped up in the last two decades that earn such high praise. We also love the classics, including To Kill a Mockingbird, The Outsiders, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, A Separate Peace and Lord of the Flies. If you haven’t read these five, stop what you’re doing and get them on your Kindle now!
Whether you’re a student or an older reader, now is a great time to go back to your middle school favorites or your high school required reading list.
1. Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
Adopted by an elderly couple who hoped for a boy, Anne tries to win everyone over.
2. The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Liesel finds solace in stealing books and sharing them with the Jewish refugees her parents are housing during WWII.
3. Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare
In 1878 London, there’s an underworld full of vampires, warlocks, humans and demons planning to rule the empire.
4. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
Feyre is kidnapped after killing a wolf, and begins to wonder if she wants to protect her captor.
5. The Darkest Minds, by Alexandra Bracken
Ruby survives a terrible disease, and after discovering she now has a dangerous power, she escapes the camp she’s locked in.
6. The Demon King, by Cinda Williams Chima
A former thief finds a magical and dangerous amulet, and he crosses paths with the city’s princess.
7. Divergent, by Veronica Roth
In a dystopian future, 16-year-old Tris leaves her family and finds herself in the middle of an intense and competitive training program.
8. The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen
A nobleman wants plant an impostor in a war-torn kingdom, and a young orphan needs to win the role of the king’s long-lost son.
9. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green
Witness the friendship and courtship of Hazel, who has terminal cancer, and Augustus, who is in remission.
10. Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins
Three suicide-attempt patients in a psychiatric hospital figure out what what to do their second chance at life.
11. Legend, by Marie Lu
When Day becomes the top suspect in the murder of June’s brother, they discover the dark secret of what’s really going on in the Republic.
12. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness
While his mother battles terminal cancer, a boy is haunted each night by a storytelling monster.
13. Obsidian, by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Katy’s hot new neighbor is an alien and gets her involved in an intergalactic conflict.
14. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
A shy, awkward freshman befriends two seniors and experiences a life of parties, drugs, music, and drama.
15. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
Meg Murry must find and save her father, who disappears via multidimensional time travel.