School's out for summer! Is your teen prepared for lazy days at the beach or those rainy days with nothing to do? Do these scenarios sound like the perfect opportunity to curl up with a good read? I certainly think so! I wanted to share a few books perfect for teens and young adults who are drawn to YA fiction so I decided to do a bit of social media crowdscourcing. My bookish friends came up with great suggestions that should keep you and/or your teen(s) entertained this summer. Read on to get the scoop on some YA must-reads!
Cyn Gagen @CynGagen recommends:
My very favorite YA book and one that my grade 8 students adores (even the reluctant readers) was by Canadian author Deborah Ellis, called THE BREADWINNER (trilogy). It's about a family living under Taliban rule. A great dystopian one that again was really popular with my students is THE GIVER by Lois Lowry. It can go as young as grade 6 but I prefer it with 7/8 or above, again because of the content of it.
Kelli Catana @KelliDaisy suggests:
Erin Marshall @ErinMarshallVA recommends:
I just read MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN by Ransom Riggs. I loved it. I picked it up from the e-Library on a Sunday afternoon, and I read it straight through. I was pretty disappointed when I realized the next one is still in the works. I also read the UGLIES series by Scott Westerfeld; which I also really loved. I have a soft spot in my heart for dystopian futures.
Danielle Christopher @DanielleASigne suggests:
Karen Green @KarenGreeners recommends:
The ANNE OF GREEN GABLES series by Lucy Maud Montgomery. AOGG is a must!
Leslie Garrett @LesileGarrett suggests:
Danielle Lee-Muma @DanielleMuma recommends:
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. HAUNTING VIOLET by Alyxandra Harvey. WHEN WE WAKE by Karen Healey. BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver. DANTE AND ARISTOTLE DISCOVER THE SECRET OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
Nikki Gore @nikgore suggests:
Margarita Ibbott @DownshiftingPRO recommends:
WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan. 2 authors. 2 voices. Fantastic writing style. Anything by John Green.
Jay C. Spencer @JayC_Spencer suggests:
DUALED by Elsie Chapman and SIEGE & STORM by Leigh Bardugo for sure. I’m only a few chapters in (SIEGE & STORM), but it's just as good as the first in the series, SHADOW & BONE. CODA by Emma Trevayne. I’m almost finished it & it’s fantastic!
Tara Wagg @boomda181 recommends:
DIVERGENT and INSURGENT by Veronica Roth are at the top of my list as is THIS DARK ENDEAVOUR by Kenneth Oppel. SHELTER by Harlan Coben. Love it!!!!! I have recommended it via text to all my god children, nieces and nephews!!!!
Yours truly, Wanda Lynne Young @BookaliciousCA suggests:
Any YA books by Billie Livingston! I highly recommend ONE GOOD HUSTLE, and GREEDY LITTLE EYES. Kelley Armstrong is a popular author for those who enjoy reading books in a series. Ellen Hopkins novels are terrific! Check out her YA titles TILT, PERFECT, and the CRANK triology.
Which of these YA books have you read and which ones would you recommend?
Wanda Lynne Young