Recommend some YA for me!

Since I publicly declared that I want to read more young adult fiction last month, I’m still feeling a bit stuck. I have a couple I already know I want to read, but I want more! And I don’t know where to start.

So I’m asking for your help. Recommend a YA book (or books) that you’ve read and you think I’d like.

I’ll likely get most of the ones I choose to read from the library, at least initially. I haven’t read much YA literature at all, but ones I’ve really enjoyed:

So, where should I start? Ready, set, recommend! (Please.)


27 responses to “Recommend some YA for me!

  1. Bridget Schaumann

    You could try Laurie Halse Anderson, Suzanne Collins, Patrick Ness, Scott Westerfield, Philip Reeve, James Patterson, Glenda Millard, Susan Pfeffer, Meg Rosoff These are all great, and there are lots of different styles here. I like all these guys and oh so many more.

  2. Start with Sara Zarr – a friend of mine recommended her to me and I couldn’t get enough of her. She’s very similar to Sara Dessen.

    Once was Lost is a very real look at the life of a pastor’s daughter, and Sweethearts got to me big-time!

    I’d also recommend reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (if you haven’t) and then reading When you Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Beautiful books.

    The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate is a fascinating book as well, as is 8th Grade Superzero (<- that one had me in tears). There are so many good YA books, it's hard to pick just one!

    • Oh! I have had Sara Zarr on my to-read list for AGES. Need to get on that. I have read A Wrinkle in Time, way back when. Adding to my lists, thanks! And: I never said you had to pick just one! :p Thanks for the recs!

  3. I’d highly recommend John Marsden’s “Tomorrow” series. The first one is “Tomorrow When the War Began”.

  4. Heidi Ayarbe wrote my favorite YA book in 2009, Freeze Frame. And A,S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz has already received two starred reviews pre-pub, one from Publishers Weekly.

  5. The Hunger Games trilogy obvs and Sara Zarr but you knew I would recommend them!

    Jillian Cantor, Jacqueline Woodson, Carol Plum-Ucci have all written books I greatly enjoyed that have depth and are realistic fiction (as opposed to speculative)

  6. You’ve had a lot of great recommendations already …

    I’m going to send Susan Beth Pfeffer and say that one of my absolutely favorite series is her Moon Trilogy, starting with Life as we Knew It. Seriously spectacular.

    Other than that, I enjoy Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls series. Louis Sachar’s The Cardturner is great. I liked Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway, and her latest book, The Extraordinary Secrets of April, May, and June is fun too. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was absolutely hysterical at times (and serious at others). I agree that Sara Zarr is fantastic as well. And if you want something powerful, try Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

  7. I didn’t read through the other recs so forgive me if I’m repeating. I just finished listening to Wintergirls by Anderson and it was fantastic. As was Thirteen Reasons Why by Asher. Not sure I would have liked them as much if I read them, but the audio versions were amazing.

    I read Just Listen by Dessen and enjoyed it. Hope to read This Lullaby one day. I’ve been enjoying the John Green I’ve been reading/listening to. I have David Levithan on my list to read…just picked up a few of his books, but so far have only read Will Grayson, Will Grayson which was a collaborative effort with John Green.

    I keep meaning to download the Susan Beth Pfeffer audiobooks but haven’t gotten to it yet. For some reason YA works REALLY well for me on audio.

    • I’ve been hearing about some of these authors for years. I think I’m a little scared to read 13 Reasons Why; I don’t even remember anything about it, other than that impression …

  8. Wow! You are receiving a ton of great recommendations. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly are fantastic books! Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman are lovely reads. There’s also The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and The Rock and The River by Kekla Magnoon.

  9. I’m currently enjoying Reckless by Cornelia Funke.

    I also recently finished I Am Number Four which was quite good without being brilliant. My review is here:

    But my top YA pick would be Worldshaker by Richard Harland.

    see here:

  10. Some of my recent favorites:
    North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley, Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James, and The Miles Between by Mary E Pearson. The Book Thief is my #1 favorite audio book ever.

  11. Besides the books already mentioned: If I Stay by Gayle Forman (one of the only books I’ve read recently that actually made me cry); virtually anything by Diana Wynne Jones (her most recent is Enchanted Glass, and I just finished her very fun Dogsbody); Patricia C Wrede (Thirteenth Child is her most recent). I also liked Jessica Day George’s Princess of the Midnight Ball, which is an excellent retelling of a fairy tale… with knitting πŸ™‚ (My YA reading tends to be predominantly YA fantasy, in case you couldn’t tell. I’ve read and enjoyed all these books.)

  12. Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett, House of Dance by Beth Kephart, It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizinni.

  13. John Green, John Green, John Green! Also David Levithan, Scott Westerfeld, Patricia C. Wrede, Jennifer Donnelly (I just finished her newest book, Revolution, which was excellent), Nation or the Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett, Libba Bray (especially Going Bovine), Cornelia Funke… I can keep going. πŸ™‚

    But given the books you’ve already said you enjoy, mostly John Green.

    Another thought might be to pick up a YA short story anthology like Geektastic and use that to find authors whose styles you enjoy.

    • Oh! I already have Geektastic! I’m not a huge fan of short stories, but that’s a plan that could definitely work! And, yes, I’ll look into John Green. πŸ™‚

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