Whether you need pages from a new book to mop up the tears from The Fault in Our Stars withdrawal or are looking for a captivating beach buddy on your next sandy excursion, we have 15 young adult reads that will make you feel like a tween again! And then be thankful that you’re not. Phew.
1. Every Day by David Levithan: The co-author of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist tells the story of A, a kid who wakes up every day in someone else’s body. Sounds kind of fun and freaky Friday-y — until A wakes up in Justin’s body and falls in love with Justin’s girlfriend Rhiannon. This is like no love triangle you’ve stumbled into before.
2. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher: Two weeks after the suicide of his classmate and crush Hannah, Clay receives a strange package filled with cassettes from her, taking him on a journey that explain the reasons she took her own life. (Photo)
3. The Social Code by Sadie Hayes: This book has everything we want and need in YA fiction — it’s about twins who struggled growing up in foster homes until they figure out a way to strike it rich in Silicon Valley. Obviously they’ll have to make some moral sacrifices, but do I even need to continue or are you already downloading this “Sweet Valley High: Millennials Edition” to your Kindle? Thought so.
4. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira: What starts as an English assignment turns into a personal journey for Laurel, who uncovers the truth about her sister’s death while writing letters to Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse.
5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: With stories about love, transition, friendship and feeling like a nerdy outsider, we want to just stay home this weekend and relate to all of Rainbow’s novels, starting with her most recent about a fan fic-writing twin heading off to college. The pretty, illustrated covers are just an added bonus for our coffee table.
6 – 8. The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner: Not all YA has to be heartwrenching, you know. Give yourself a break between bawling while you wait to restock your tissue supply and go sci-fi for a change. If you gobbled up The Hunger Games, polished it off with Divergent and are STILL hungry for more dystopian novel noms, pick up The Maze Runner, which is coming to a theater near you in big screen form this September.
9. Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King: Meet Vera. Vera has spent her whole life secretly in love with her best friend Charlie. Charlie has a lot of secrets that only Vera knows. And then Charlie dies. Yikes. We can keep a secret, Vera…
10. If I Stay by Gayle Forman: We’ll let you judge a book by its cover. Especially if that cover says you’ll dig the book it’s covering if you’re a fan of Twilight. If I Stay skips the werewolves and vampires to focus on the other favorite fantasy element of many a YA page turner: un-wavering teenage love. After you finish the book, knowing that the movie (starring Chloë Grace Moretz) is coming out in August will make you happy. And then watching the trailer will make you sad again :’(
11. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: Sex, drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. If you haven’t read this coming-of-an-age-you-probably-remember bestseller yet, get on it, then follow it up on a rainy night with the movie starring the lovely Emma Watson. (Photo)
12 – 15. John Green Box Set: What’s the only thing you need more than John Green right now? MORE JOHN GREEN! If you’re just getting into the author thanks to TFIOS (shh, we won’t tell) pick up his greatest hits collection that includes Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns (the next JG book-to-movie adaptation btw!) and The Fault in Our Stars for good measure, to dog ear or to pass on to a friend with a corresponding pack o’ tissues. Bonus: You can even buy the four book set in Kindle form for only $20. Now you’ll just have to explain to your fellow commuters why you’re always sniffling wistfully on the train…
What’s on your reading list right now? Share what you’re reading + your recs below!