Young Adult Recommendations

Hi, readers!

How was your reading this weekend? I’m finally making some serious progress on two books I’ve been reading for weeks now and am greatly enjoying them. I am also actively picking up books by authors of color. Right now, I’m alternating between a book by a white author and a book by an author of color. We’ll see how long I keep this up!

Also, are you following along with the Reading Women’s June reading challenge? Be sure to check out their website for all the details, including giveaways! I’m joining their Mrs. Dalloway read along. Be sure to check them out and find great book recommendations by women!

Today I’m sharing some of my favorite Young Adult books. I think summer is a great time to read YA. The stories are sometimes a little shorter, and the plots often move along quickly. There are also so many great YA series, making it easy to find your next read!

I recommend…

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This is a beautiful story about a young man grieving after the death of his best friend and ex-boyfriend. I previously mentioned History in this post in which I shared three books about mental health. I was blown away with how honestly Silvera depicts grief and how respectfully he presented the relationships in this story.

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

This is a coming of age story, that is really about a feminist awakening. Juliet travels to Portland for an internship with a prominent feminist writer. While there, she learns more about her mind, her body, and her feminism. Rivera makes you cheer for Juliet while also teaching the reader plenty of feminist and queer studies terminology.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

You’ve likely heard of this story because it was recently turned into a movie called Love, Simon. This is a very cute story about a high schooler’s budding anonymous email relationship with a fellow classmate and his coming out story. Both the book and the movie have received a lot of attention, and for good reason. LGBTQ romances are often only told when they end in sadness. Simon’s story has a happy ending, which is always good to see.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Spoiler alert: this book will have you sobbing by the end! This is Yoon’s second novel and it’s a wonderfully written story about fate and the ripple effect of human interactions. It’s a bit hard to describe this book without giving anything away. Suffice to say, you’ll have to read this for yourself.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

This is a fantastic retelling of 1001 Nights. You will devour this story because it has everything: romance, fantasy, a hero, a villain, danger, and sacrifice. Ahdieh has a great explanation for why events unfold the way they do. Can’t recommend this one enough!

That’s it for today! What YA books would you recommend?

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2 thoughts on “Young Adult Recommendations”

  1. Great summer YA reads are always Sarah Dessen to me — her books usually take place in the summer in a beach town and involve a cute teen romance. The Truth About Forever is my fave!


  2. Great list. I’ve The Wrath and The Dawn and Simon from this list. They are definetely amazing reads. I’ll keep the other recommendations in mind too. 🙂


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