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Genre Guide: Young Adult

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Welcome to another installment in our Genre Guide series! This post covers Young Adult, or YA literature.

Collage of YA book covers

YA books are typically aimed at ages 12 and up. Protagonists are figuring out who they are and coming into their own as people as they transition from a kid to an adult. Plots often revolve around firsts-- first kiss, first love, first heartbreak, etc., with plenty of angst and awkwardness thrown in the mix. YA books also delve into issues facing teens such as identity, peer pressure, bullying, eating disorders, and sexual assault. Many stories take place in a realistic, contemporary setting; other books may fall under genres that include historical, sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, steampunk, mystery, horror... or, more often, a combination of several genres. I hope to continue to delve into the YA genre on the blog and write in-depth about specific genres featured within YA... for now, here is a broad overview.

Top 5 Classic Authors

Francesca Lia Block Sarah Dessen Lois Duncan Walter Dean Myers Tamora Pierce

Top 5 Up-and-Coming Authors

e.E. Charlton-Trujillo Stacey Lee Ashley Hope Perez Jason Reynolds John Corey Whaley



Top 5 Classic Books

Cover of Speak
Cover of Forever...
Cover of The Chocolate War
Cover of The Outsiders
Cover of The Catcher in the Rye

Top 5 New Titles

Cover of Beneath Wandering Stars
Cover of All We Have Left
Cover of Remix
Cover of The Bad Decisions Playlist
Cover of This Savage Song


My Favorite 5

Cover of The Carnival at Bray
Cover of Gone
Cover of Please Ignore Vera Dietz
Cover of Anna and the French Kiss
Cover of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging