YA Literature

I write both YA and adult but as a long time educator, YA is a part of my reading library. There are so many wonderful books and authors out there writing for young people. Here are some of my all time favorites:

Nineteen Minutes                            Jodi Piccoult (YA, mystery)
Being                                                  Kevin Brooks (YA Speculative Fiction)
Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters     Gail Giles (YA mystery)
*A Great and Terrible Beauty       Libba Bray (YA fantasy)
Catalyst                                              Laurie Halse Anderson (YA Contemporary)
*After                                                 Francince Prose (YA mystery) dark humor
*A Northern Light                           Jennifer Donnely (YA mystery)
Hate List                                           Jennifer Brown (YA contemporary)
The Ghost and the Goth                Stacey Kade (YA paranormal) humor (read the entire series – fun!)
Cryer’s Cross                                   Lisa McMann (YA mystery/paranormal)
Matched                                          Ally Condie  (YA Speculative)
Crossed                                            Ally Condie Sequel*
Wish You Were Dead                   Todd Strasser
*Double Helix                                Nancy Werlin (YA Speculative)
Little Brother                                 Cory Doctorow (YA Speculative) lots of techno speak
*The Morgue and Me                   John C. Ford (YA mystery) fun
*Flight                                             Sherman Alexie (YA paranormal) twisted and I loved it!
*Love You Hate You Miss You   Elizabeth Scott (YA contemporary) dark themes
Before I Fall                                    Lauren Oliver (YA contemporary with paranormal elements)
*If I Stay                                          Gayle Forman (YA contemporary) one of the best scenes I’ve ever read
*Thirteen Reasons Why               Jay Asher (YA Contemporary) dark themes
The Secret Year                             Jennifer Hubbard (YA Contemporary)
iBoy                                                  Kevin Brooks (YA Speculative)
All the Broken Pieces                   Cindi Madsen
The Fault in Our Stars                 John Green
The Hate List                                 Jennifer Brown
Here/There                                    Denise Grover Swank
Try Not to Breathe                        Jennifer R. Hubbard
Adult Books that appeal to YA
The Shack                                       William P. Young (adult mystery)
*Losing You                                   Nikki French (Adult, suspense/thriller)

*Change of Heart                           Jodi Piccoult (contemporary mystery with paranormal elements)

*I am the Messenger                     Markus Zusak (Defies description)
*The Little Sleep                            Paul Tremblay (Adult detective fiction) humor
The Five People You Meet In      Mitch Albom (Contemporary)
The Immortalists                           Kyle Mills
*Absolute favorites that I recommend over and over again. 🙂


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2 responses to “YA Literature

  1. thelittlesleep

    Hi Dawn,

    Thanks so much for supporting The Little Sleep! So glad you like it!


    • dawnall

      I bought No Sleep Till Wonderland, but haven’t had a chance to read it. (Long story) I loved The Little Sleep! I recommended it to my male students who were always looking for good reads. 🙂

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