Any book-lover will tell you that one of the best feelings around is opening a book, reading the first line, and knowing immediately that you’re going to get lost in it. Cancel your plans, stay-home-reading kind of books are pretty hard to come by when you think about it. I mean, when you opened Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone for the first time ever, you pretty much knew the people (well, one person) of Number 4 Privet Drive were about to become really (like, REALLY) important to you. Same goes for The Hunger Games: sometimes you just know the book in your hand is the book for you, something to draw yourself into.
If you haven’t felt this way in a while, never fear. There are countless YA novels that are just waiting to help you out of your book rut. Young adult authors just know how to grab our attention (and our hearts) early on in a book, so that we’re hooked for good by page five. From contemporary fiction, to romance, sci-fi and fantasy, there is something for everyone, just waiting to pull you in. Here are a few YA novels that are pretty much DOPE. lol and I think might help
- People Like us by Dana MeleMele’s debut sets an eerie, page-turning tone from its first line: “Beneath the silvery moonlight, our skin gleamed like bones.” What follows is a psychological thriller
SYNOPSIS: Kay Donovan may have skeletons in her closet, but the past is past, and she’s reinvented herself entirely. Now she’s a star soccer player whose group of gorgeous friends run their private school with effortless popularity and acerbic wit. But when a girl’s body is found in the lake, Kay’s carefully constructed life begins to topple.
The dead girl has left Kay a computer-coded scavenger hunt, which, as it unravels, begins to implicate suspect after suspect, until Kay herself is in the crosshairs of a murder investigation. But if Kay’s finally backed into a corner, she’ll do what it takes to survive. Because at Bates Academy, the truth is something you make…not something that happened.
1: The Beauty That Remains by Ashley WoodfolkA book that is as beautiful inside as its gorgeous cover is outside, The Beauty That Remains has been called a “stunning, heart-wrenching look at grief that will stay with you long after you put it down”
SYNOPSIS: Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.
Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.
But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.
Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.
Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green . This is one book you will not forget about long after you finished reading it. it’s that good.
SYNOPSIS: It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.
In his long-awaited return, John Green shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity.
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton. In her review of this first book in a planned series, award-winning author Roxane Gay said, “Dhonielle Clayton is a whipsmart writer with grand, grand talents and the imaginative world she has created is memorable and intriguing, indeed.”
Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision.
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.
The Cruel Prince
(The Folk of the Air #1)
by Holly Black. Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.
And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.
Jude was seven when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.
To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.
As Jude becomes more deeply embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, she discovers her own capacity for trickery and bloodshed. But as betrayal threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.
The Wicked King
(The Folk of the Air #2)
by Holly Black. You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.
The first lesson is to make yourself strong.
After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.
When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.
SEAFIRE by Natalie C. ParkerCaptain Caledonia and her crew of female pirates have had enough of Aric terrorizing the sea and its ships. When a young boy betrays Aric to save Caledonia’s first mate, she wonders if this is her chance to take down the warlord or if she’s stepping right into his trap. Filled with heartwarming heroines and heartbreaking twists, this thrilling and suspenseful novel is a definite must-read.
SYNOPSIS: After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all . . . or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
LAYOVER by Amy Andelson and Emily MeyerIn
this dual-POV story, stepsiblings Flynn and Amos haven’t seen each other in a while, even though they grew closer-than-close while taking care of their baby sister, Poppy. Then Amos left for boarding school. Now, they’re reunited in the midst of some major family drama, via an unplanned flight layover in Los Angeles. This road-trip saga from Hollywood screenwriters Andelson and Meyer has been hailed as a great fit for fans of “Clueless.”
SYNOPSIS: Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.
Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.
One missed flight was about to change their lives forever
Bridge of Clay by Markus ZusakIn his first novel since The Book Thief, Markus Zusak tells the story of five Dunbar brothers, living on their own without adult supervision, outside of Sydney. The narrative moves back and forth through time and space, painting a full portrait of a family and its ups and downs. You’ll find yourself really getting to know the boys, their distinct personalities, and their history in this beautiful meditation on love and laughter, and loss and death.
SYNOPSIS: The breathtaking story of five brothers who bring each other up in a world run by their own rules. As the Dunbar boys love and fight and learn to reckon with the adult world, they discover the moving secret behind their father’s disappearance.
At the center of the Dunbar family is Clay, a boy who will build a bridge—for his family, for his past, for greatness, for his sins, for a miracle.
The question is, how far is Clay willing to go? And how much can he overcome?
A Map of Days by Ransom RiggsJacob and his peculiar friends are back in this fourth installment of Ransom Riggs’s bestselling series. This continuation expands into America where Miss Peregrine and her children are doing their best to fit in to an entirely new world of Peculiars. Then Jacob finds a hidden bunker in his grandfather’s house and the Peculiar Children are quickly swept up in a dangerous mystery around Abe and his life. The secrets that come to the surface will have readers furiously flipping pages.
Vintage photographs reveal the never-before-seen world of peculiar America with a stunning addition—full-color images.
Having defeated the monstrous threat that nearly destroyed the peculiar world, Jacob Portman is back where his story began, in Florida. Except now Miss Peregrine, Emma, and their peculiar friends are with him, and doing their best to blend in. But carefree days of beach visits and normalling lessons are soon interrupted by a discovery—a subterranean bunker that belonged to Jacob’s grandfather, Abe.
Clues to Abe’s double-life as a peculiar operative start to emerge, secrets long hidden in plain sight. And Jacob begins to learn about the dangerous legacy he has inherited—truths that were part of him long before he walked into Miss Peregrine’s time loop.
Now, the stakes are higher than ever as Jacob and his friends are thrust into the untamed landscape of American peculiardom—a world with few ymbrynes, or rules—that none of them understand. New wonders, and dangers, await in this brilliant next chapter for Miss Peregrine’s peculiar children. Their story is again illustrated throughout by haunting vintage photographs, but with a striking addition for this all-new, multi-era American adventure—full color.
I Have Lost My Way by Gayle FormanForman, author of YA favorites like "If I Stay" and "Where She Went, " wrote this powerful novel about friendship and circumstance. The multi-perspective novel follows three characters as they each hit crisis points in their lives: Freya’s lost her voice recording her first album. Harun wants to run away from home to find the boy he loves. Nathaniel is on his own after a family tragedy. They meet in Central Park and, over the course of a day, help one another in ways big and small.
SYNOPSIS: A powerful display of empathy and friendship from the #1 New York Times Bestselling author. Around the time that Freya loses her voice while recording her debut album, Harun is making plans to run away from home to find the boy that he loves, and Nathaniel is arriving in New York City after a family tragedy leaves him isolated on the outskirts of Washington state. After the three of them collide in Central Park, they slowly reveal the parts of their past that they haven’t been able to confront, and together, they find their way back to who they’re supposed to be. Told over the course of a single day from three different perspectives, Gayle Forman’s newest novel about the power of friendship and being true to who you are is filled with the elegant prose that her fans have come to know and love.
Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira AhmedIn this story about finding your true place in the world, 17-year-old Maya Aziz is torn. There’s the “right” path, so deemed by her parents: a nearby college and an older Muslim boyfriend hand-picked for her. There’s her dream path: film school and the chance to pursue a crush she’s had for years. Meanwhile, a horrible crime miles away rips apart the community Maya has been part of since birth. Earning rave reviews, Ahmed’s debut tackles common coming-of-age concerns while weaving in a timely story about how fear can breed hate.
SYNOPSIS: American-born seventeen-year-old Maya Aziz is torn between worlds. There’s the proper one her parents expect for their good Indian daughter: attending a college close to their suburban Chicago home, and being paired off with an older Muslim boy her mom deems “suitable.” And then there is the world of her dreams: going to film school and living in New York City—and maybe (just maybe) pursuing a boy she’s known from afar since grade school, a boy who’s finally falling into her orbit at school.
There’s also the real world, beyond Maya’s control. In the aftermath of a horrific crime perpetrated hundreds of miles away, her life is turned upside down. The community she’s known since birth becomes unrecognizable; neighbors and classmates alike are consumed with fear, bigotry, and hatred. Ultimately, Maya must find the strength within to determine where she truly belongs
Dread Nation by Justina IrelandThis highly anticipated release is getting lauded as equal parts exciting, terrifying, and oh-so-relevant. Jane McKeene was born at the same time when the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville, derailing the War Between the States. The nation that emerges is one where the safety of all depends on the brave few who are forced to fight the undead, but soon Jane finds herself at the center of a conspiracy plot that’s far bigger than battling zombies. Readers say that this book will appeal to even those who don’t love zombie stories, because it crackles on every page.
Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.
But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.
American Panda by Gloria ChaoTaiwanese-American Mei is her parents’ dream come to life (because they charted her whole life in advance). After skipping a grade, she’s studying at MIT, bound for doctor-hood and — her mom and dad hope — having a Taiwanese husband and lots of babies. Mei doesn’t quite know how to admit to them that she hates germs and has a crush on a Japanese classmate. This truly funny debut will create instant fans for Chao who is herself a MIT dentistry grad turned writer.
At seventeen, Mei should be in high school, but skipping fourth grade was part of her parents’ master plan. Now a freshman at MIT, she is on track to fulfill the rest of this predetermined future: become a doctor, marry a preapproved Taiwanese Ivy Leaguer, produce a litter of babies.
With everything her parents have sacrificed to make her cushy life a reality, Mei can’t bring herself to tell them the truth–that she (1) hates germs, (2) falls asleep in biology lectures, and (3) has a crush on her classmate Darren Takahashi, who is decidedly not Taiwanese.
But when Mei reconnects with her brother, Xing, who is estranged from the family for dating the wrong woman, Mei starts to wonder if all the secrets are truly worth it. Can she find a way to be herself, whoever that is, before her web of lies unravels?
Happy Friday Booklovers, I hope y’all are having a nice day…
will be back to update this list when I discover more fun ones but before then, if you know any good ones not listed above, please recommend below.