5 Recommended Young Adult Books

5 Recommended Young Adult Books

Oftentimes, adults find themselves thinking that they can only browse the adult fiction book section in our library simply because they are adults and those books are written for that particular audience. However, there are a lot of great young adult book titles that adults would enjoy. I typically go back and forth between reading adult fiction and young adult fiction, I enjoy both categories. These are some young adult fiction books that I really enjoyed and did not want to put down!

5 recommended Young Adult books

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: “Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.”

This book was adorable! It brought back memories of those first-time crushes and first-time love feelings you may experience as a young teen. So sweet and cute!

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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor: “In the aftermath of a war between gods and men, a hero, a librarian, and a girl must battle the fantastical elements of a mysterious city stripped of its name.

I absolutely did not want to put this book down. If I could, I would have crawled inside of it and lived there! It was so, so good. It has magic, romance, blue gods and goddesses and every page turn is full of unexpected, but amazing, events. One of my favorites! It does have a sequel, Muse of Nightmares, which is just as good.

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis: “Sixteen-year-old Lynn will do anything to protect her valuable water source, but the arrival of new neighbors forces her to reconsider her attitudes.

If you enjoy books that have that end-of-the-world-survivalist theme then you will really enjoy this book! As I was reading it I kept wondering, what would I do if I were put in this situation? A great YA read! This book also has a sequel, In a Handful of Dust, which lets you explore more of this strange, new apocalyptic world.

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An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: “Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance means death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones.”

I truly enjoyed the different characters’ perspectives. Each chapter is told from a different character’s POV. So, you get a chance to truly understand and relate to each character in the story. Some you adore and some you want to scream at! It was an awesome book. Part of a series, the fourth and final book will be released later this year. Exciting!

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: “Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago does what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks.”

This book was great. The main character is a senior in high school and her daughter is 2 years old. So she struggles with the roles of mother and a student. I really enjoyed how this book had a this-is-real-life vibe to it and the way that the main character viewed events in her life was very brave and applauding. She also is an amazing chef. There were times when my mouth started watering reading the descriptions of her recipes!


These books are perfect for those who currently enjoy young adult fiction. Or if you want to try out a new category!

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