YA Novel Recommendations
August 15, 2014 7:27 AM Subscribe
I enjoy escaping from the real world by reading YA novels. Please help me find some good ones!
What I like: Reasonably well written but not too heavy. Genres are fine (particularly historical, dystopian, sci-fi/fantasy in general), but I'm also fine with general fiction. If I like an author I'll usually check out everything they've written, so you don't necessarily need to mention books by authors I've already listed.
Books I've really liked (sorry, I can't do html tags, no matter how many times I've tried):
Dairy Queen (and the others in this series) by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (although the latter books weren't great, so I didn't bother with the last one)
Stephanie Perkins's novels
Winger by Andrew Smith
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
A. S. King's novels
The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancy
The Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray (also was not as great by the last book)
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
I know John Green is huge now, but I read Looking for Alaska, and found it heavy-handed and obvious, so I didn't bother with anything else by him. I'd be willing to try another one, but I'm definitely not into maudlin in my escapist reading, so I've been hesitant to get involved in The Fault in Our Stars.
I read Divergent and liked it fine, but wasn't interested enough to read the rest of the series. I read the Twilight series and it was fine as well, but didn't grab me the way the above described ones did.
So, do you have any beloved YA novels you'd like to recommend?
NOTE: Similar actual adult fiction is fine as well!