5 Young Adult Books You Should Read

Hello!

So I’ve been a bookworm pretty much as long as I’ve known how to read. I’m always looking for new books to read. I tend to read more Young Adult books than anything, and recently I’ve read some pretty good books so here’s a list of my 5 favorite books I’ve read recently!

(All book summaries provided by goodreads.com)

1. Far From You- Tess Sharpe

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 “Nine months. Two weeks. Six days.
That’s how long recovering addict Sophie’s been drug-free. Four months ago her best friend, Mina, died in what everyone believes was a drug deal gone wrong – a deal they think Sophie set up. Only Sophie knows the truth. She and Mina shared a secret, but there was no drug deal. Mina was deliberately murdered.
Forced into rehab for an addiction she’d already beaten, Sophie’s finally out and on the trail of the killer—but can she track them down before they come for her?”

I downloaded this book right before spring break to have something to read on the flight home. I finished it before the first day of Spring Break was over. It’s kind of dark, but insanely readable. I tore through it because i couldn’t wait to figure out what happened. With a little bit of mystery and suspense it’s a quick read but super good.

2. Pointe- Brandy Colbert

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“Theo is better now.
She’s eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor.
Donovan isn’t talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn’t do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she’s been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.” 

This is another kind of dark/mysterious book, which is my favorite kind of book. I like psychological stories and find them really interesting. This was another book that was really hard to put down and I wanted to keep reading it just to find out what was going to happen. It’s not a light book, as it deals with themes like abduction, anorexia, and rape but it’s still extremely interesting and I would recommend it to anyone who likes dark psychological novels.

3. The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy- Kate Hattemer

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“Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art’s Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art’s Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It’s up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they’ll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.” 

This is definitely the most fun book on the list. While less serious than the others, that’s what makes it good. If you’re in the mood for a lighthearted, fun book read this one. If you’re a fan of the poet Ezra Pound his work has a big influence in this book. When you want something lighthearted and fun that you can read in a day or two this is the perfect book to read.

4. The Museum of Intangible Things- Wendy Wunder

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“Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).
Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.
As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance,karma, and even happiness.”

I feel like I need to put a disclaimer that this book is not as lighthearted as the cover and summary would make you believe. It is not a happy road trip book. The road trip mentioned is a result of Zoe’s bipolar disorder (don’t worry that’s not a spoiler it’s mentioned within the first two chapters). I’m a big fan of Wunder’s other book The Probability of Miracles so I was excited to read this. This book is emotional and heartfelt and really focus on the love and connection two friends can share which I think is really important, but isn’t always shown in books. But just keep in mind that this book isn’t lighthearted like you might think.

5. All The Bright Places- Jennifer Niven

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Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.
When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

This book is so good. This book will break your heart. I want to tell everyone I know to read this book. It’s incredibly poignant, and touching but also funny and heartbreaking all at the same time. This book is so important. Again it deals with heavy themes like mental health and suicide but is so touching and a realistic portrait of the impact mental health has on people’s life. I want everyone to read this book, but be prepared to have your heart broken.

Let me know if you have any book recommendations in the comments because I’m always looking for new things to read!

Colleen

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