YA books deal with a lot of important topics, and can be just as detailed, imaginative, relevant, or relatable as adult book—no matter what your age. In fact, we’ve put together a whole list of YA books that we think a reader of ANY age will enjoy!
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The Hate U Give is a groundbreaking, thought-provoking debut novel inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s about a teen girl named Starr who is the only witness to her friend’s fatal shooting by a police officer. Timely, important, heartbreaking, and inspiring. A must read for EVERYONE!
The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli
The first installment in this debut YA fantasy trilogy is about a girl who must hunt the dragon that destroyed her town and caused her ostracism from society. ALL fantasy fans won’t be able to resist this one, YA or not. Kristen’s strong, evocative writing and world building make it a perfect read for everyone.
Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is an incredibly funny and poignant twenty-first-century coming-of-age, coming-out story—wrapped in a geek romance—from debut author Becky Albertalli. Think You’ve Got Mail featuring nerdy gay teen boys with good grammar and great taste in music. No matter your age, you will fall in love with Simon and his incredible story.
Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
This is a dark, difficult piece of YA fiction that addresses issues of race, class, and justice. It also manages to be an involving and compelling story, Allegedly is about a young girl convicted of a horrendous crime who is living in a halfway house as she attempts to transition back into society. Think courtroom drama and urban fiction tied into a tense drama with an ending you won’t see coming. The tough subject matter and fast-paced plot line makes this a perfect book for adult readers.
Far From The Tree by Robin Benway
A moving contemporary novel about three adopted siblings who find each other at just the right moment. Robin’s beautiful interweaving story of three very different teenagers connected by blood explores the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it. Adult readers—whether you’re a mother, father, daughter, brother, uncle, or grandma—will connect with the family aspect. This is also a perfect read for fans of the TV show This is Us!
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: they’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news is: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—an unforgettable day that will change both their lives forever. Any adult reader will be inspired to live life to the fullest by this book.
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
Ramona was only five years old when Hurricane Katrina changed her life forever. Since then, it’s been Ramona and her family against the world. One of only two out lesbians in her small town and standing over six feet tall with unmistakable blue hair, Ramona knows she’s destined for something bigger than the trailer she calls home in Eulogy, Mississippi. From bestselling author Julie Murphy comes a novel that anyone who has felt just a little out of place will be able to connect with.
This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab
There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from acclaimed author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their homes at stake. This Savage Song begins a two-book saga about finding where we belong, and becoming who we are meant to be. Adults will appreciate Victoria’s strong writing, and powerful prose.
This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis
From award–winning author Mindy McGinnis comes a dark and riveting psychological thriller about a dangerous split-personality love triangle that begins to fracture the life Sasha Stone has so meticulously built. A gripping look at what it means to give away the heart… that isn’t yours to give. This Darkness Mine is so dark and twisted, and we definitely recommend this one to a mature audience!
The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way. Mackenzi Lee’s writing is incredible and she will definitely have you laughing and on the edge of your seat throughout Monty’s journey
Think we missed any books on this list? Llet us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader if there’s another YA book you would recommend to adult (or anyone), or let us know which one is your favourite from our list!
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