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I talk about my love for teen books a lot. My favorite authors, favorite novels, favorite characters… but I don’t think I’ve ever just *talked* about them as books.
When I was a teen, I didn’t actually read YA. I’ve always been a huge book-a-holic, but I didn’t really know how to go about finding books for my age. I usually just relied on friend recommendations and would devour the same novels over and over again. My faves for a long time were The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, but beyond those I don’t remember having any knowledge of YA. How crazy is that?!
Now, I can’t imagine my life without them. I read teen novels on a regular basis & even as a 20-something, a huge majority of the most life changing books I’ve read are YA. I think there’s really something to be said about that; the fact that adult authors can grasp a young adults’ frame of mind SO precisely and use words to change my entire perspective on a particular subject is a true talent.
I think that I’m a very open minded reader, for the most part, but YA is my go-to. I have such an affinity towards it, and I don’t think there’s anything more important than having writing that impacts young generations into doing great things.
If you’re looking to dip into some good YA lit, here are a few of my favorites in each genre:
Graceling by Kristin Cashore//Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor//City of Bones by Cassandra Clare//Cinder by Marissa Meyer
The Fault in our Stars by John Green//13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson//The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares//I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins//Delirium by Lauren Oliver//Wither by Lauren DeStefano//The Maze Runner by James Dashner
What are your favorites? Anything I should be reading based on these series?
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