Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Top Ten Books I Would Recommend to Someone Who Doesn't Read YA

YA = Young Adult fiction

I have been a fan of YA for years now, but only recently has the stigma against the genre as a viable form of reading from which readers can (gasp!) learn something been lifted.  YA lit. often deals with tough issues, but the characters are resilient, resourceful, and most of all, hopeful.  So if you have never read YA before, I suggest you rush to your nearest library/bookstore and pick up one of these titles.

(in no particular order)

1. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty (teen angst)

2. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (intrigue and danger)

3. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (sensitive portrayal of teen suicide)

4. Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (intense look at the pressure's on teen's lives)

5. Hold Still by Nina Lacour (art and lies)

6. Someone Like You by Sarah Dessen (best friends)

7. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (high school horrors)

8. Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (and Dash and Lily's Book of Dares) (smart, funny, fast-paced)

9. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling (magic)
10. Both Sides of Time by Caroline B. Cooney (time-travel and romance)


  1. I SO need to read Slopy First serie!! I really need to put myself into it! :) Awesome list! :)

  2. I'd most definitely recommend The Hunger Games and the HP series, too. I've got Sloppy Firsts on my shelf - I guess it's high time I read it.

  3. Confession: I JUST started reading "The Hunger Games" this month, but I have sped through books one and two. They are amazing! "Sloppy Firsts" is the first in a five book series, and what I love about the series and the main character, Jessica Darling, is that she is a REAL teenage girl full of angst, but we get to watch her grow up and turn into a professional woman. I have a fuller review of the series here: http://www.kristinharkins.blogspot.com/2011/08/recommendation-sloppy-firsts-by-megan.html

    Thanks for commenting!

  4. As you know I love aaallllll of these because I was a teenager and or a young adult who read them along the same time or talked to you about them. I mentally am trying to think of something to add but they were all just good choices... hahaha

  5. "Speak" is such an amazing book!! Great to see it on your list.