Top Ten Young Adult Fiction
Today’s Top Ten is my list of top ten young adult fiction novels. A lot of these have been very popular among teenagers in the last few years, as I nothing but a trend-follower during my teen years.
How many of them have you read?
I loved this series, both book series, and film series. I read all three books in two days, sitting in my brother’s room and drinking Pepsi. It’s a very clear memory in my mind. I re-read them last year, in anticipation of the upcoming prequel.
I really want to read more of Alice Oseman. I read Radio Silence about three years ago and really enjoyed it. The characters were well-fleshed and unique, very different to the characters of your standard YA I would say.
A few years ago there was a trend of books being written in verse, this is one such book. It’s part Young Adult and part New-Adult, as the story follows two teens in early adulthood when they meet again. A book full of sexual tension and first love. Beautiful.
One of my favourite literary YA reads. This is a deep and harrowing story, which is addictive and funny and full of pop culture references I really enjoy. It’s more than just your typical YA coming-of-age or romance novel, it touches on much more.
This is one of those reads that I don’t why I enjoyed it so much, but I did. The writing isn’t great and the story starts off really poorly, but it becomes so violent and so ridiculous later on that I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Who knew Dorothy Gale could be such a bitch!
This book is pure magic. Simple as that. It’s a story written in such a way that it literally feels real and mystical all at the same time. Loved it.
I know that this book has problems with regard to the depiction of race and culture, but I still really enjoyed it. It was refreshing to see a romance between characters that are often forgotten about or placed at the back of the story as ‘the best friend’ or ‘next-door neighbour’.
I love this fantasy series growing up. While it did end spectacularly badly – kind of like Twilight, loads of build-up and no delivery – the first book was brilliant. Great early fantasy reading for anyone interested in the genre but not sure where to start.
I maintain that this story is a total rip-off, of another book also called Love Lessons, but still it was a good if somewhat disturbing read. Jacqueline Wilson is no stranger to difficult topics, her stories are famous for touching upon them, but this one really digs into the themes of domestic abuse and underage relationships between student and teacher.
And finally, the perennial favourite of Young Adult readers. I’ll be honest and say that this story did make me cry, if you don’t you can’t have a soul, but I doubt any 16-year-old girl or boy actually talk or act like this. But still, a strong story with lots to commend it.