Young adult authors today intend to take the genre of fiction in new and exciting directions. Young adult books have stepped up onto the literary stage as a powerful genre in their own right now, creating role models for all of us and leading important conversations about personhood, gender, sexuality, and race.
So if you’re looking for some of the best young adult books, we’ve got you covered with the following list of the ten most exciting novels of this genre that stand out in the 21st century.
- Indecent Exposure by Viola Trivette
‘Indecent Exposure’ follows Meera, who has been pitted against Aaron since the beginning of law school for a higher class rank and their ever-growing difference in political views. This young adult book follows the struggle of both the characters, as they are unquestionably attracted to one another but are equally stubborn to accept it.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
‘Throne of Glass’ drags you into an emotional and thrilling realm of a young adult novel. The book follows a young huntress named Feyre, who gets captured and forced to become a part of a part-faerie, part-beast tribe led by a High Lord called Tamlin, who finds himself drawn to Feyre’s wild human spirit.
- A Separate Peace by John Knowles
‘A Separate Peace’ focuses on a problematic friendship between two young boys, Gene and Finny. They are roommates and good friends, but soon Gene’s shy, non-athletic personality starts making him envy Finny’s confidence, driving him to do something unforgivable that will change their lives.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ is a series of thirteen books about the unlucky Baudelaire children, whose troubles begin with their parents’ unfortunate demise and their adoption by Count Olaf, the dishonorable villain of the series who assumes a new identity in each book.
- All the Bright Place by Jennifer Niven
‘All the Bright Place’ is about Theodore Finch, a teenage outcast who suffers from undiagnosed bipolar disorder and always obsesses over death. He believes to have nothing in common with the popular cheerleader and classmate, Violet Markey. Until one day, when the two are pushing for space at the top of the school bell tower, Finch quickly realizes there’s more to Violet than meets the eye. As for Violet, she finds her first true friend since the death of her sister.
- All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah Carlson
‘All the Walls of Belfast’ is not an ordinary romance between two teens, who must overcome the past their families share. Fiona and Danny were born in the same hospital but got separated for what seemed like an eternity. Sparks fly when they meet after years and figure out how much they have in common, yet old conflicts still threaten to tear them apart, especially when shocking truths about their families begin to unfold.
- American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Born in America but raised in Port-au-Prince, Fabiola Toussaint returns to the States at last. With an invitation from her aunt in Detroit, she’s firm to build a good life, richer in possibilities than the one she left behind in Haiti. ‘American Street’ is one of the best books for young adults that will take you through Fabiola’s struggle as an immigrant.
- Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro
This timely young adult book centres on Moss Jeffries, a teenager who is suffering from intense grief and panic attacks ever since his father was murdered by an Oakland police officer several years ago. ‘Anger Is a Gift’ makes us experience the difficulties of life Moss faces after his father’s death.
- Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Margaret has just moved to Farbrook, New Jersey. She’s found herself a new group of friends with a secret club, where they talk about things, like periods, bras, boys, etc. However, these friends of Margaret do not know that she has a secret club of her own, and the only other member of that group is God, with whom she shares all her secrets.
- Autoboyography by Christina Lauren
Tanner Scott just wants to get over with the last semester of high school with good grades. His family has just shifted to Provo, Utah, where he realises he cannot escape back into the closet. The inspirational book will take you through Tanner’s journey of hiding his bisexuality from his new peers. This brings our list of top ten young adult books to an end. Hope these titles give you a nice reading experience.