I know that I promised this post months ago but better late than never, right? Hehe.
YOUNG ADULT DEFINITION
According to Goodreads, Young Adult (often abbreviated as YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 13 to 18.
“The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth, so much so that the entire age category is sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming of age novel.” (Goodreads)
Mainly Young Adult
+ Romance/Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Side note: I know I made a Twitter poll a few months ago asking which genre I should post first to be fair, but I honestly wanted New Adult to win as I haven’t been reading YA books as much as I would like to. Part of me knows it’s because I’m getting older and my taste in books is slowly changing, but another reason is because I’ve been countlessly disappointed with a lot of the YA books from the past few years.
Is it just me or am I the only one who thinks books nowadays have really eye catching titles and artistic covers… but not a really good story. I guess that’s another side to the saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Oh well, I guess that’s life.
Listed below are my all time favorites that comes into my mind whenever people ask me what YA books I liked:
This is one of the books I seem to recommend without question. I read this series back in 2011, and I’ve read it twice or thrice since then. I know that a lot of people didn’t like the movie itself, but in my opinion, that’s only because they didn’t read the book. In my opinion, it would’ve been better if they made the sequel, Where She Went, because seeing both movies could have changed the audience’s perspective of the story as a whole.
You’ll probably enjoy this series this if you like first loves and second chances (I love, love, love this category! Don’t be surprised if most of my recommended books have this in common) as well.
*To be honest, this series is something I will definitely defend till the end because I read this when I was in a really dark time, and in a way, it helped me get through that bad year. Books rarely have the same impact on people so please don’t expect to feel the same way I do about the books listed here.
The title might sound a bit petty, but I promise it’s worth your time! I like how Han was able to tell the story using a teenager’s point of view without sounding too childish, yet too mature. It’s not like one of those “Omg, so you’re only 16 and you have all that going on for you? My life was not that exciting when I was at that age. What world do you live in? No way!” plots, you know what I mean?
Perfect if you’re in the mood to read:
Easy going with a bit of drama kind of romance. 2/3 of the series revolves around the “It’s Complicated” status, but it’s not the annoying kind. (At least it wasn’t for me..)
Other books you might want to pick up:
- The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
- The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta
- The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
- Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
– Anna’s story > Lola’s and Isla’s all day!!
- A Thousand Boy Kisses by Tillie Cole
– Feeling a bit down? Does romance have this way of raising your spirits? Read this. Promise it’s sweeter than a Snickers bar.
- The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
– I don’t like any of his other books except this. This one nailed it.
- On The Fence by Kasie West
- Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
(Oh wow. This post got me so excited to write my New Adult list .. Hahahaha)
If you have any books you’d like to recommend, opinions on this post or on the books you’d like to voice out, please do feel free to leave a comment below! I’d love to hear your thoughts no matter what. x