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A Semi-Definitive List of My Favorite YA Books

Updated: May 3, 2018

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This is a list of my favorite YA books from this school year and last, and a few of my all-time favorites.

Favorite Authors - Read everything by these authors. Everything!

Becky Albertalli - Stories are just so dang likable. She is also best friends with Adam Silvera, and they're releasing a book soon that they co-wrote!

Gayle Forman - Amazing story teller, mostly sad

John Green - Hilarious and heavy

Emma Mills - Her books are what I call "No-Stress Reads", cute stories

Jandy Nelson - Most beautifully written books I've ever read

Rainbow Rowell - Characters are the best, addicting

Adam Silvera - You're going to love his characters, and you're gonna cry.

Kasie West - Adorable teenage love stories

Contemporary/Realistic Fiction (Many of these could be considered romances as well)

Dear Martin - Nic Stone

Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon

Far From the Tree - Andrew Solomon

Foolish Hearts - Emma Mills

Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma (Heads up, this one is about incest and it is not actually appropriate for middle school kids)

Goodbye Days - Jeff Zentner

Holding Up the Universe - Jennifer Niven

I'll Give You the Sun - Nicola Yoon

Kids of Appetite - David Arnold

Maybe One Day - Melissa Kantor

Nice Try, Jane Sinner - Lianna Oelke

Orbiting Jupiter - Gary Schmidt

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

The Names They Gave Us - Emery Lord

The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson

The Sun is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli

They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera

Turtles All the Way Down - John Green

What Girls are Made of - Elana K. Arnold

Love Stories

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins

First and Then - Emma Mills

Just One Day - Gayle Forman

Love and Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch (Sequel coming soon!)

Midnight Sun - Trish Cook

P.S. I Like You - Kasie West

Tell Me 3 Things - Julie Buxbaum

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer E. Smith

What Light - Jay Asher


Been Here All Along - Sandy Hall

History is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera

Lily and Dunkin - Donna Gephart

More Happy Than Not - Adam Silvera

Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli

The Great American Whatever - Tim Federle

Mental Health

Girl in Pieces - Kathleen Glasgow

I was Here - Gayle Forman

It's Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini

Mosquitoland - David Arnold

Sisters in Sanity - Gayle Forman

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Under Rose-Tainted Skies - Louise Gornall

When We Collided - Emery Lord

Historical Fiction

A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys

My Lady Jane - Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand, and Jodi Meadows


Carry On - Rainbow Rowell

Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling

Shiver Series - Maggie Stiefvater

Three Dark Crowns Series - Kendare Blake

Twilight Series - Stephenie Meyer


Everland Series - Wendy Spinale

Delirium Series - Lauren Oliver

Denton Little's Deathdate & Sequel - Lance Rubin

Hunger Games Series - Suzanne Collins

Matched Series - Ally Condie


72 Hours on the Moon - Johan Harstad

Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver

Genuine Fraud - E. Lockhart

People Like Us - Dana Mele

The Merciless Series - Danielle Rollins

The Women in the Walls - Amy Lukavics

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart


In Conclusion, Don't Worry About it - Lauren Graham

Mistaken Identity - Don Van Ryn

Talking as Fast as I can - Lauren Graham

We Should Hang Out Sometime - Josh Sundquist

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