My Top 5 Young Adult Novels

Monday, 3 March 2014
Hello everyone. I've got another post to add to my 'top 5 .... ' series that's focusing on books. Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the last one. Today I'm going to be talking about my favourite young adult fiction novels. I read a lot of young adult novels and being 17 I'm pretty much their target market. Sometimes I feel a bit embarrassed about reading YA as I think a lot of people look down on it. So maybe if you aren't keen on YA books then you could try one of these and it could change your mind? Or if you're just a fan of young adult novels and are looking for more recommendations... then you're in the right place! 

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - Clay receives a package in the mail and then discovers it's a package from a girl from school. But this girl killed herself a few weeks ago. It contains 13 tapes explaining the 13 reasons why she killed herself. It sounds a bit morbid but it's actually a really beautiful book that'll make you appreciate life. I think it's also a really good book to be aimed at teenagers because it shows just how much rumours and bullying can get to someone. And now I want to reread this.

Paper Towns by John Green - Everyone knows John Green because of the infamous The Fault In Our Stars. But my favourite John Green novel is Paper Towns. Quentin's childhood best friend shows up at his how one night and manages to talk him into sneaking out and going on a midnight tour of the city with her pulling pranks on all the people that have hurt her. And then the next morning she just completely disappears. Then the rest of the book is made up of him trying to him her. I just couldn't put it down which is why it's my favourite. I also saw a little bit of myself in a few of the characters which is why I think it stood out to me more than his other books. Plus mine is signed.

Legend by Marie Lu - I only read this for the first time in January but I've already decided that it's my favourite dystopian series. Yes, I like this more than The Hunger Games and Divergent. You get two narratives, one from June the city's 'prodigy' and one from Day the city's most wanted criminal. What I liked about this is that it's so believable. You don't have all these sections being controlled with all these weird rules. It's just the rich controlling the poor. It's the only one where I can actually see the world becoming like this. And the other books in the series are amazing as well, so when you're done you get to enjoy two more awesome books.

The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness - Todd lives on another planet that settlers from earth landed on. When they arrived they realised that there was another life form living on the planet. War ensued. The 'spackle' released a virus that killed all of the woman and left all of the men able to hear each other's thoughts and the thoughts of all of the animals and plants. One day when walking his dog Manchee(you should read this book just for Manchee) he discovers a patch of silence, something that's completely unheard of. This book then goes onto an amazing series. There are so many topics that this book covers: war, sexism, cruelty etc etc. For a young adult series it actually talks about a lot of hard hitting things. Great, great  series. Patrick Ness is a fantastic writer.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell - This book is set in the 80s and it's a love story between two teenagers. Eleanor is having a really rough time at school and her home life is even worse. Park is one of the 'cool' kids. They're not exactly the most predictable couple but one of the cutest. They start to bond on the bus over a love of comics and music. Be prepared, it's a gushy one. But with a bit of a sad ending. It's realistic I guess.

What are your favourite young adult novels?

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