My Top 10 Young Adult Novels

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Break is treating me well, and I’m enjoying some time off from studying.

As some of you may know, I am majoring in Elementary Education, but I’m also receiving a middle school endorsement. This will give me the certifications to teach middle school students in certain subject areas. As part of that endorsement, I took a course last summer called, “Young Adult Literature,” and I was able to read books upon books – for a grade! I have to tell you – that’s my idea of a perfect class: reading books and writing about why I loved/disliked them. It was so much fun.

I also realize the importance of having a strong background in young adult literature in order for me to help my students choose books that would interest them. So, today I wanted to share with you my top 10 favorite young adult novels. This list includes a wide variety of topic areas. Some of them are on every top young adult list known to man, but they are for a reason. If you haven’t had the chance to read any of the books on this list, I highly encourage you to do so!

Click on the book titles to be taken to Amazon where you can find out more information about the novels. The summaries are taken from the Amazon website as well.

The list is in no particular order, mostly because my indecisiveness would result in me stewing over the proper order for about another week. So, here goes:

#1: “An Abundance of Katherines,” by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Teen romance as viewed by a child prodigy.

What it’s about: When it comes to relationships, Colin Singleton’s type is girls named Katherine. And when it comes to girls named Katherine, Colin is always getting dumped. Nineteen times, to be exact. On a road trip miles from home, this anagram-happy, washed-up child prodigy has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, a bloodthirsty feral hog on his trail, and an overweight, Judge Judy–loving best friend riding shotgun—but no Katherines. Colin is on a mission to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability, which he hopes will predict the future of any relationship, avenge Dumpees everywhere, and finally win him the girl. Love, friendship, and a dead Austro-Hungarian archduke add up to surprising and heart-changing conclusions in this ingeniously layered comic novel about reinventing oneself.

#2: “Eleanor & Park,” by Rainbow Rowell

"Eleanor and Park" made our list of the best young adult books of 2013.

What it’s about:Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits–smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love–and just how hard it pulled you under.

#3: “The Book Thief,” by Markus Zusak

Good Reads: Spring Reading List The Book Thief was AMAZING! I highly recommend it.

What it’s about: It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement

#4, “Before I Fall,” by Lauren Oliver

I borrowed this book from the library, then loved it so much that I went out and bought it

What it’s about: For popular high school senior Samantha Kingston, February 12—”Cupid Day”—should be one big party, a day of valentines and roses and the privileges that come with being at the top of the social pyramid. And it is…until she dies in a terrible accident that night. However, she still wakes up the next morning. In fact, Sam lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she ever imagined.

#5: Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter series is one of the best ever. They can be read by people of all ages and they make you  soar and drop in their tempo. They move fluidly, taking you from one situation to another.  Author - J.K Rowling

What it’s about: Seriously, if you haven’t read these books, jump on the bandwagon and dive in. You won’t regret it.

#6: “Dairy Queen,” by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

Dairy Queen - Catherine Gilbert Murdock

What it’s about: 

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Harsh words indeed, from Brian Nelson of all people. But, D. J. can’t help admitting, maybe he’s right.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Stuff like why her best friend, Amber, isn’t so friendly anymore. Or why her little brother, Curtis, never opens his mouth. Why her mom has two jobs and a big secret. Why her college-football-star brothers won’t even call home. Why her dad would go ballistic if she tried out for the high school football team herself. And why Brian is so, so out of her league.

When you don’t talk, there’s a lot of stuff that ends up not getting said.
Welcome to the summer that fifteen-year-old D. J. Schwenk of Red Bend, Wisconsin, learns to talk, and ends up having an awful lot of stuff to say.

#7: “Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher

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What it’s about: Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker – his classmate and crush – who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and learns the truth about himself-a truth he never wanted to face.

#8: “Pretty Little Liars,” by Sara Shepard

Are you looking to read the Pretty Little Liars books in order? You've come to the right place! Granted, I've only read the books after starting...

What it’s about: In ultra-trendy Rosewood, Pennsylvania, four beautiful girls are hiding very ugly secrets. High school juniors Spencer, Hanna, Aria and Emily have grown apart since their best friend Alison DiLaurentis went missing three years ago. But now someone is sending them anonymous notes, threatening to reveal their darkest secrets. There’s only one person who knows that much about them, but Ali’s gone…isn’t she?

#9: “The Clique,” by Lisi Harrison

The Clique (Clique Series #1)

What it’s about: 

Massie Block: With her glossy brunette bob and laser-whitened smile, Massie is the uncontested ruler of The Clique and the rest of the social scene at Octavian Country Day School, an exclusive private girls’ school in Westchester County, New York. Massie knows you’d give anything to be just like her.
Dylan Marvil: Massie’s second in command who divides her time between sucking up to Massie and sucking down Atkins Diet shakes.
Alicia Rivera: As sneaky as she is beautiful, Alicia floats easily under adult radar because she seems so “sweet.” Would love to take Massie’s throne one day. Just might.
Kristen Gregory: She’s smart, hardworking, and will insult you to tears faster than you can say “my haircut isn’t ugly!”
Enter Claire Lyons, the new girls from Florida in Keds and two-year-old Gap overalls, who is clearly not Clique material. Unfortunately for her, Claire’s family is staying in the guesthouse on Massie’s family’s huge estate while they look for a new home. Claire’s future looks worse than a bad Prada knockoff. But with a little luck and a lot of scheming, Claire might just come up smelling like Chanel No. 19. . . .

#10: “Perks of Being a Wallflower,” by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

What it’s about: 

Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.Since its publication, Stephen Chbosky’s haunting debut novel has received critical acclaim, provoked discussion and debate, grown into a cult phenomenon with over three million copies in print, spent over one year at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and inspired a major motion picture starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of drugs and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

What are some of your favorite YA novels? Share below!

Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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