“Young Adult” is a broad term and includes all books written for readers with age 12 to 18. Mainly these are coming-to age novels about discovering oneself. Since the genre is so broad, I am unable to compile a list of top 10 from all the books ever written. So this list includes only the standalones (no series or trilogies) and some personal favourites and popular books loved among the masses.
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is not a simple book, not by any mark. It is a book that will change the way you think. Written from Death’s Point of view, it tells the story of a girl who wishes to read in Nazi occupied Germany.
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is one book that teens would be able to relate to. There is a reason why I added this to the list instead of “The Fault in our stars”. And that is because Alaska Young is a more realistic character. In fact, all characters in this book and the story are less surreal like TFIOS and more grounded.
- The Curious incident of dog in night time by Mark Haddon
Beauty in simplicity. This is one heart-touching and unforgettable book about how an autistic kid sees the world.
- A Monster calls by Patrick Ness
Magical realism and fiction as a coping mechanism for pain. Sound familiar?
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sanz
A heart breaking story told with beautiful words and characters that you WILL fall in love with.
- The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I don’t think there is any person left who has NOT read this book yet. But if by some unlucky chance, you haven’t, DO IT NOW! And you will never be the same again.
- I’ll Give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson
A book that will leave you drowning in overwhelming emotions. And as you struggle to catch your breath, the words will slowly sink beneath your skin.
- Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
It is an unfair book that will have you crying by the time it ends. But it is so perfect and so different from any other boy meets girl story that you would have read.
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Atticus Finch is still the dream character. Even after ages, this book still finds its way on shelves and in the hands of teenagers.
- The Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger
No book has portrayed teenage angst and has entered the mind of a young man like this book. From beginning to end, you will be seeing yourself in the character.
Whether you are an avid YA reader or just starting to dabble in this genre, you will want to add these books to your TBR right away.