What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “young adult” in fiction? For many, it’s vampires, absurd love triangles, and angst. Everywhere.
These stereotypes get a bad rep, and for good reason. They also shed a bad light on teen fiction, which, believe it or not, isn’t all bad. In fact, some stereotypes, if done well, make stories work. The hard part is sifting through what’s good and what isn’t.
As a young adult myself, I’ve read my share of the genre’s fiction. I’ve read the good, the bad, and the ugly, so I’m here to help you out. I compiled a list of 42 YA novels that are pretty decent, ranging from dystopian to contemporary to historical fiction to paranormal/horror to fantasy, so hopefully, there’s something for everyone in here. I also included the Goodreads link in each title, in case you find something you like.
Even if you don’t find a title that catches your eye, at least enjoy looking at the pretty covers.
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
What other YA fiction would you add to this list? Share below.