My Top 4 Young Adult Books

Hi there! Thanks for stumbling upon this post. Maybe you were directed here from my Whitewashing Katniss Everdeen post, or are a kind friend who decided to peruse my site in a fit of boredom. Irregardless of intent, it’s a pleasure to have you.

You only have to know me for five minutes to know I am a huge young adult (YA) fangirl. Even though I am no longer in my teens, there is something inside of my that connects deeply with the messy, dark and twisty internal monologue of teenage YA protagonists.

And so, I thought I’d share my top 4 favourite contemporary young adult books. I actually found this list hard to create without making every book one by Laurie Halse Anderson, who is my ultimate author bae – which is why there are only four listed, and not five.

4. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Straight up, this book should come with a massive trigger or content warning. It explores the reality of relapsing from an eating disorder in graphic detail, as well as exploring suicide and psychosis. Wintergirls is a startling study in using formatting to deepen the story, and is one that will haunt you long after you read it.

 

 

 

3. Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta

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Those of you outside of Australia will probably know Marchetta as the author of Looking for Alibrandi. Saving Francesca is a novel about a young woman dealing with the breakdown of her family due to her mother’s apparently sudden onset of depression. It has a cast of colourful characters and remains one of my favourite home grown novels today.

 

 

 

 

2. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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This infamous, small novel perfectly encapsulates what it is like to be a person who is different and to feel that difference deep in your soul.  Chbosky’s observations on identity show that Perks is a seminal YA text – one that writers can learn from.

1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Melinda Sordino is my spirit animal. The sarcastic, biting narration mixed with tree imagery makes this novel a true YA classic. The fact Speak shares a common yet often invisible story of a very young woman being sexually assaulted makes Halse Anderson’s book a utterly important read.

I’ll be posting lists of my favourite urban fantasy YA novels soon.

What are your fave contemporary YA books?

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