5 YA Novels Everyone’s Talking About
… And what you should read next.
From bestsellers to recent debuts, this array of the best books for teens has everyone buzzing. While you wait for these talented authors’ next stories to hit the shelves, page through our roundup of YA recommendations.
Like Mim in Mosquitoland, Marly boards a bus, fleeing a bad family situation in favor of a place that truly feels like home. Mim leaves her dad and new stepmother to return to her mom, who’s just fallen sick. Marly leaves her mom and sister to live with her dad, where she finds her voice.
Booklist calls The Half-Life of Planets a “smart and unusual romance just about right for fans of John Green.” If you fell in love with Q and Margo in Paper Towns, you’re bound to enjoy this romance between a girl whose given up kissing in favor of planetary science and a boy with Asperger’s syndrome and a deep knowledge of music.
In All the Bright Places, Finch, who contemplates suicide, and Violet, who is grieving for her mother, meet on the ledge of a bell tower. Similarly, Rose and Chase, both grappling with difficult pasts, embark on a tumultuous romance in The Opposite of Love.
In I Was Here, Cody investigates the circumstances surrounding her best friend Meg’s suicide. Like Cody, Melanie in The Dance has lost her best friend. When Pauline dies in a car crash, Melanie doesn’t believe it was an accident. Melanie is convinced that Pauline’s dance teacher is somehow connected to the death and she’ll do whatever it takes to uncover the truth.
Red Queen is set in a harsh world where Reds serve and Silvers rule. One Red girl, Mare, finds herself dangerously involved with the Silver royal family. Also set in a kingdom terrorized by a fearsome ruler, In the Palace of the Khans features a boy named Nigel who forms an unlikely friendship with the daughter of the ruthless Khan.