Omg I’ve been swamped this week! So much that I totally forgot about I heart YA week and how I was supposed to post a book everyday….sorry. So, here it goes. (These books are in no particular order. It was very hard to choose 5 YA books that I loved. I had to think sooooo hard. The books that I left out I don’t own. There will be a Recommended Reading list at the end of this post for all the homies (books) I left out.) I hope you all realize how much I freaking love YA!!!!!
- Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone – J.K. Rowling
I don’t know why anyone is surprised. I am obsessed with the Harry Potter series and everything about it. I don’t have to tell you why I love it, especially if you know me. (I still want a Hogwarts wedding) J.K. Rowling paints a picture of a wonderful wizarding world full of dizzying spells. At the same time, it is the age-old story of good vs. evil and a young boy is pushed into his greatness. (My favorite kinds of stories). I’ve said this hundreds of times but J.K. Rowling (to me) will always be the GOAT. Don’t believe me? Check her bank accounts.
- The Hardy Boys series – Franklin W. Dixon
These were some of the first books I ever read. I have both Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew, but I liked the boys better. The Hardy Boys centers around two brothers, Frank and Joe Hardy, who are amateur detectives. These books were how I figure out most mysteries now by taking note of the very little things, which turn out to be very big things later on in the books. I have up to #10 on the bookshelf (over my shoulder). I guess my momma got tired of buying them for me lol. I haven’t read these books in years, but I still want a Jalopy haha.
(Then I started reading)
- Shatter Me – Tehera Mafi
What can I possibly say about this novel besides the fact that it’s groundbreaking. Tehera Mafi has turned the young adult literary world on its ear with this book. For one, the premise is original. (There are books similar but I think Tehera has a very original concept). The book centers around Juliette Ferrars, a girl whose touch is lethal. She has been thrown in an asylum because of something horrible she did in her past. In the beginning, I thought the girl was insane, but when I kept reading, it turned into something thrilling, suspenseful and beautiful all at the same time.
- The Mediator Series – Meg Cabot
Four words: I love Meg Cabot. I love her writing style. She seamlessly threads the readers’ into the lives of her characters like we’ve known them our whole lives. She usually writes funny, laugh-out-loud novels, and this one is sort of the same. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a light, airy book at all. It centers around Suze Simon who is a medium, or a mediator. Basically, she can talk to the dead. Ghosts, mostly. She’s like a young Theresa Caputo. It’s usually easy to communicate with the dead until she meets Jesse, a ghost that lives in her room, who is deathly attractive. The Mediator Series is six books all together. You should read them, trust me, I’m a writer.
- Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen
I own every single Sarah Dessen book. She is seriously an amazing writer. She gets what it’s like to be a teenager. I wish I would have read these books while I was in high school. Usually, I hate when adults write young adult books because they seem “preachy”. But Sarah Dessen has mastered the young adult voice. Lock and Key is about a girl, Ruby, whose mother abandons her. She was living on her own for a little until Social Services discovered her filthy trailer with no running water, etc. She is forced to live with her estranged older sister Cora and her new husband. Bummer. Great book, read it.
So, that’s it! Those are my top five books, but I have soooo many more YA books that are amazing. Here’s a recommended reading list: (I’ll only give you 20. Read. Them.)
- The Selection (trilogy) – Kiera Cass
- The Skin I’m In – Sharon Flake
- (All of the Harry Potter books)
- Divergent (trilogy) – Veronica Roth
- The Uglies (series) – Scott Westerfield
- Private (series) – Kate Brian
- Privilege (series) – Kate Brian
- When I Was The Greatest – Jason Reynolds
- Pretty Little Liars (series) – Sara Shepherd
- Shadowlands (trilogy) – Kate Brian
- Dorothy Must Die – Danielle M. Page
- The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
- Size 12 is Not Fat (series) – Meg Cabot (not necessarily YA, still great nonetheless)
- The Phantom Tollbooth – Norton Juster
- Matilda – Roald Dahl
- Harriet The Spy – Louise Fitzhough
- Hollywood High (series) – NiNi Simone & Amir Abrams
- Rumor Central (series) – Reshonda Tate Billingsley
- My Own Worst Frenemy (series) – Kimberly Reid
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie (VERY FUNNY!)
Hope you enjoyed!
Necole, over and out!