Day 5: Young Adult Book Recommendations

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Young Adult has always been a great genre to me, I have always read and loved it! I started with books like The Secret Garden, A Wrinkle in Time, The Harry Potter series, The Hobbit... and loved all the coming-of-age themes that come with it.
The YA genre nowadays have definitely boomed, and I think that whatever gets people to read more is a good thing! I do think though that the YA genre sometimes isn't for everyone, but I believe there's some specific titles that everyone will enjoy, love, and appreciate! Here are usually the books I recommend for all ages, whether you do typically read YA or you don't at all.

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    - narrated by Death, this is set in World War II about a girl who loved words. Beautiful and poignant book with wonderful writing and unique style! One of my all time favorite books. I will always recommend this book.
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    - Great science fiction with a young adult character. Do not judge the book by its movie. This book is a classic!
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    - Another classic that must be read. The original dystopian book, I think!
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
    - Beautifully told and painfully accurate story of a teenage girl suffering through self-esteem and self-image issues as well as an eating disorder.
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    - Heartfelt coming-of-age story. I read it in high school. Liked it. Reread it in college. Loved it. Saw the movie adaptation, fell in love even more. It's not a perfect book, but it's a must read!
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie - about a Native American boy who goes to an all white school. This is quite a profound, heartwarming and realistic story. 
Those are just some of the fool proof YA recommendations that I think everybody of all ages and tastes would appreciate! What are in some of your immediate YA recs list? 


  1. Loved Perks and The Book Thief! I haven't read the others.

  2. Several of these are on my tbr but have not read them yet

  3. I wanted to read Ender's Game. I saw the movie and thought it was great. Another book I've been wanting to read is The Book Thief.

  4. I recently met someone who hadn't read the Giver and I wanted to run to the library and shove it in their hands. Come on, it's Giver!

  5. I loved The Book Thief too, especially that it was narrated by Death. I love horror and certainly war is horrific. Great selections.

    My first YA read was Twilight, but way after it was published. Actually after I had purchased and watched all of the DVDs.

  6. Great suggestions here! I always promote Ender's Game as I think even non-readers like it.

  7. Excellent choices. Really need to read Alexie's novel!

  8. Somehow my stupid brain never connected books like the Harry Potter series or The Hobbit with YA because I thought it all had to be about teenage romance. It wasn't until later I understood that the YA refers to the audience it is written for rather than its own characters. Sometimes I don't know where my brain is... I do really want to read Ender's Game, because so many people have been telling me it is amazing! Thanks for your post :)
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  9. Thanks for sharing. I featured some more unknown (at least it seems to me) recommendations for my Armchair BEA Day 5

  10. Great picks! I've read four of six. You definitely can't go wrong with The Book Thief and Perks of Being a Wallflower. I finally read Ender's Game this year with a book group, and the whole group really seemed to enjoy it.

  11. I've loved all of these books (well haven't read Ender's Game but enjoyed the movie!). Great suggestions!

  12. Thanks for the recommendations! I love YA, but it's so hard sometimes to filter the gems (The Hunger Games, Divergent) from the I-cannot-believe-someone-published-this junk (The Uglies)

    I have already read The Book Thief and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (awesome read), and Ender's game is on my list, as is The Maze Runner – have you read it?

  13. Those look like fantastic recs. You're the 3rd or 4th person that has recommended Part Time Indian. I'll have to add it to my to-read pile.