Young Adult novels were the money-makers of the recent times. People kind of took a break from the classics and tried the modern times YA genre. And it proved not to be all bad. The best part about the Young Adult novels is the diversity of the characters set in recent times and their efforts with dealing the contemporary issues. Here are the best of 7 YA novels of the recent times you should read–
1. I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
When I first started reading this book, I got distracted and didn’t get back to it for a long time. When I finally did, I cursed myself from keeping it away for so long. I’ll give you the sun is about the twins – Jude and Noah, who’ll win your hearts for sure. They’re so different yet so alike and they are messy and they have issues – you get it. But the way they deal with everything that is going down in their life and how they return to each other is just extraordinary.
Top Quote – “I gave up practically the whole world for you,” I tell him, walking through the front door of my own love story. “The sun, stars, ocean, trees, everything, I gave it all up for you.”
2. We are okay by Nina Lacour
Where do I even start with this book? It is so beautifully written, you will absolutely love it. The story revolves around Marin and Mabel, two girls who’re best friends and are about to go to college. However, Marin’s world comes down with a crash after her grandfather’s disappearance. She learns some bitter truth that breaks her and she shuts herself down. Will Mabel returning to Marin set things right? This is an absolute poetic beauty.
Top quote – “I thought that it was more likely the opposite. I must have shut grief out. Found it in books. Cried over fiction instead of the truth. The truth was unconfined, unadorned. There was no poetic language to it, no yellow butterflies, no epic floods. There wasn’t a town trapped underwater or generations of men with the same name destined to make the same mistakes. The truth was vast enough to drown in.”
The Mortal Instruments
by Cassandra Clare
Clare did a wonderful job in developing her characters in this series. The story revolves around Clary, a teenage girl from Brooklyn discovers that she is a shadowhunter – part angel and part human, after her mother goes missing. Clary goes on a mission with Jace, another shadowhunter, to try and find her mother. In the process, she discovers some darkest secrets her mother kept away from her, and we see how she deals with it.
Top Quote – “We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there are love and memory, there is no true loss.”
4. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Another coming-of-age gem that deals with sexualities, family secrets and everything in between. The plot revolves around how Aristotle and Dante, two Mexican-American boys dealing with their friendship, sexuality, families, and identities. It’s written extraordinarily, and these two boys will melt your heart.
Top Quote – “Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.”
5. History is all you left me with by Adam Silvera
This is a gripping story about the loss of a loved one. Griffin’s best friend and boyfriend, Theo moves out to go to college and starts seeing Jackson there. But Griffin always believed he’d get back with Theo somehow. But in an unfortunate drowning accident, Theo dies, and learning about how Griffin deals with everything about his loss and life is heartwarming.
Top Quote – “People are complicated puzzles, always trying to piece together a complete picture, but sometimes we get it wrong and sometimes we’re left unfinished. Sometimes that’s for the best. Some pieces can’t be forced into a puzzle, or at least they shouldn’t be, because they won’t make sense.”
6. The hate u give by Angie Thomas
Inspired by the Black lives matter, Angie Thomas penned this book down, which is now a major motion picture. The novel follows the life of a young black girl Starr Carter and how she deals with the death of her childhood friend, who is shot by the police. The book sheds light on some very important things about racism, police shootings, bullying, and injustice.
Top Quote – “I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person gets killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve Tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that if I saw it happen to somebody, I would have the loudest voice, making sure the world knew what went down.
Now I am that person, and I’m too afraid to speak.”
7. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
This one will definitely take you back to your high school life. Their sweet innocent friendship turning into love will put happy tears in your eyes. Eleanor is bullied at school for being ginger, and for being poor, and for everything else, honestly. Park is an Asian-American who’s become friends with her and their story is young love that’s pure and beautiful.
Top Quote – “What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”
Happy reading! These Young Adult novels
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