The great thing about young adult books is that they’re not just for young adults. Sure, they may be written with young adults in mind. But their stories are jam-packed with action, tension, love, revelation, and everything else that makes great literature. So why not enjoy an easy, awesome read? Check out our suggestions below, or recommend your favorite young adult novel in the comment section.
The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Even if you’ve already seen the movies—and let’s be honest, who hasn’t?—there’s so much they left out. Follow Harry, Hermione, and Ron on the perilous journey you’ve come to know and love, but get the whole story and meet all the characters that were cut! You’ll be glad you did. You can order the series here!
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This young adult fantasy novel is actually the first part of a trilogy called His Dark Materials, and follows Lyra Belacqua’s journey to find her missing friend and her imprisoned uncle. It’s set in a parallel universe: the far north, an arctic place where bears rule and magic happens. Buy it here!
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Earth is in peril. The government raises young geniuses and trains them as soldiers to help defend Earth against an anticipated invasion by an alien race. Ender Wiggins, one such boy, and particularly brilliant, must overcome loneliness, rivalry, and the pressure of expectation if he wants to succeed. Save up to 90% off list price when you buy it here!
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Who doesn’t love utopias that are actually dystopias? Who doesn’t love a young man who pushes back against the structure and order of his society? A society that robs its people of personal identity? The Giver has sold millions of copies for a reason—so if you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it to your list. Get your copy here to save up to 90% off list price!
The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Katniss Everdeen is great on screen, but even better on paper. Find out why tens of millions of copies of the books are in print by following Katniss on her journey to undermine the Capitol—a lavish, rich seat of government overseeing the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem—while at the same time trying to survive the Hunger Games. Order the series here!
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Who, in the course of their life, hasn’t felt like a wallflower at least once? Who hasn’t known shyness, awkwardness, or what it feels like to be excluded? Chbosky captures that feeling while simultaneously reminding us of the pain, and beauty, of growing up. Get the book online here!
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
This semi-autobiographical novel tells the story of a young, budding cartoonist who leaves his school on the Indian reservation to attend an all-white school. All-white, that is, except for him. Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking, Alexie’s novel is a must-read for any age. You can get your copy here!
Which young adult books do you love? Comment below!