Even though Young Adult books are targeting young teens when being published, over 55% of the actual readers are adults. Maybe because of its compelling stories, or the fact that every single one of us is still coming out of age. Fact is that Young Adult books are one of the most read categories, especially nowadays when stereotypes are being broken, and authors can tackle hard and important topics. Here are 6 Young Adult Books that should be on your next reading list.
1. All the Rage by Courtney Summers
A book that shines a light on survivors of sexual assault, and how some communities deal with them. The book shows the struggle of a girl named Romy whose life is turned upside down when she is raped by her classmate who happens to be the Sheriff’s son. Trying to piece her life together, Romy finds it impossible in a town where she became an outcast, but her life is about to get even more complicated when she wakes up with no memory and her previous best-friend missing.
2. The Coincidence Series by Jessica Sorensen
The highly acclaimed series by Jessica Sorensen follows the lives of two fresh high school graduates and their journey of starting college, you may ask what is different about this story. Well, both characters are fighting their own personal demons, Callie is trying to move on and put behind her a traumatic event that destroyed her life, and Kayden is trying not to let his own darkness consume him from the abuse he suffered on the hands of his father. And when their two lives collide nothing will stay the same.
3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The debut novel of Stephen Chbosky follows the life of shy teen named Charlie and his transition from the world of adolescence to adulthood, and the hardships he faces along the way. The novel perfected everything when tackling depression, psychological issues, and sexual identity crisis, and how teenagers feel lost in a world where they are pressured to be perfect.
4. Pushing the Limits Series by Katie McGarry
Pushing the limits is one of those book series that just get stuck with you no matter how many books you read. The series follows the lives of a group of high school students, and how each one of them is struggling. The book also focuses on the foster care system and how many children and teenagers suffer because of how broken it is. This is a series that will prove to anyone that blood does not define who your family is, but it’s the experience, the hardships and the struggles that we face together that creates our own personal family.
5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jessica Sorensen
There’s no need to talk about it, Thirteen Reasons Why has become one of the most tackled and talked about books. With it discussing important topics such as bullying, teen suicide, and rape, Thirteen Reasons why and its TV Adaptation which follows the destructive after-effects of teenage girl’s suicide has been considered as an eye opener for the hidden world of teens and the struggles that they face in their daily lives.
6. What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
What We Saw was inspired by actual events of horrific crime that occurred back in 2012 in Ohio, The Steubenville High School rape! In which a girl who attends a high school party ended up being raped and sexually assaulted by several of her male classmates, and what was more shocking was how people stood by and watch it happen, and how some even had the audacity to record using their phones. The book adapts the crime through the eyes of a girl who attended the party and through her eyes we see how communities treat the victims of sexual assault.
Which book are you excited to read?!