In my post last week, I shared some of our favorite books for middle school age readers. This week I am going to share some of our favorite books for upper middle school readers and beyond, otherwise known as YA or young adult. This is probably the fastest growing category in the book industry today because it is appropriate for so many age levels.
Before I understood what YA meant in the literary world, I thought it meant “young adult” like 17-21 yr olds….ummmm no. My daughter informs me that “young adult” is meant for ages 12 and up. It also should be noted that while these books are generally appropriate for most readers, some may contain violence and some romantic events(nothing too detailed).
**Fellow moms, why not try some of these books for yourself?? They are very entertaining and give you a great start at conversing with your teen (we all know its hard to get teens to talk about anything!)
**I have read many of these books, so I will note the ones I actually read and liked.
The Selection series by Kiera Cass (Loved it! Its like the Bachelor meets the Hunger Games)
Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia (Loved it!)
Matched series by Ally Condie
Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy by Jessica Day George (My daughter loved this series and requested it for Christmas)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George
The Lunar Chronicles series by Marissa Meyer (Loved it! A great sci-fi twist to beloved fairy tale stories)
Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare (Loved it!)
Divergent series by Veronica Roth (Loved it! Full of action)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Loved it! Great movie also)
Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan (Loved it! Rick Riordan is always a family favorite)
Maze Runner by James Dashner
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (Loved it! Very well-written and makes you think)
The Siren by Kiera Cass (Cute story)
The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
Seven Wonders series by Peter Lerangis
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
Heartless by Marissa Meyer (Cool backstory to how the Red Queen became who she was)
**These books were all recommended by my 13 year old daughter, Emma. She has read all of these books and loved them, she hopes you might too!
Did she leave any great YA book off of this list?? What have you been reading lately?