Remember how much you loved Judy Blume’s Forever or Tiger Eyes? What about Cynthia Voigt’s Homecoming or Mildred Taylor’s The Road to Memphis? Or did the younger version of you prefer the trashiness of a Christopher Pike novel?
Maybe you never even stopped reading young adult novels, devouring all the best YA novels, from the Harry Potter books (written by the Twitter Jedi master, J.K. Rowling) to the world saving of Katniss Everdeen.
But if you’re been one of those people who sees “Young Adult” and thinks, I’m too old for that, this year is a great time to change your mind. Here are four books that will do just that.
The Hate U Give
There’s no denying the political moment we’re in, even if you wanted to and there’s no denying that the Black Lives Matter movement gave a phrase to a social justice moment. Author Angie Thomas lets us see that movement through the eyes of sixteen-year-old Starr Carter. From Goodreads “Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer.” Check out an excerpt and then go get the book that’s already hit the New York Times bestseller list.
The Education of Margot Sanchez
Raise your hand it you loved Pretty In Pink. Yup, me too. So, The Education of Margot Sanchez is what you didn’t even know you were waiting for. Margot gets caught stealing her dad’s credit card and her punishment is working in the family’s South Bronx grocery store. Margot is trying to retain the cool she’s fashioned for her prep school peers, but it feels like it’s slipping away. Of course there’s a crush involved and a party that she just can’t miss. Pause the Netflix and get involved with Margot instead.
City of Saints and Thieves
If you’re not into romance or politics right now, what about a good old-fashioned murder mystery? Set in Kenya, Tina and her mother have immigrated to escape the war in their native Congo. Tina’s mother gets a job as a maid for a wealthy businessman, but ends up dead in his study. Tina spends years seeking vengeance only for the search to nearly take her life too. Oh and it’s already been optioned for a movie by Kerry Washington’s production company, so read it now, before the spoiler alerts.
When Dimple Met Rishi
On second thought, you really do want some romance? When Dimple Met Rishi won’t be out until May, but a pre-order that magically comes to your door when you least expect it can be the holidays come early. Dimple and Rishi are two Indian-American teenagers with parents who have arranged for them to be married. When they both choose the same summer program, their parents reveal who their future mate will be. Hi-jinks and romance ensue.
And because who couldn’t use some Judy Blume talking about books. Go! Read!