But since it's a stage of life characterized by equal angst and vague boredom remember when you couldn't drive yet, but could still be grounded? They could create a new world, lend you a better understanding of the one you were in, or make you laugh out loud. And while we might have all believed we were the only people in our awkward ninth grade class to feel like a square peg in a round hole, the wonderful thing is that the older you get, the more you realize every single person went through the same thing.
And the same books that made you feel less alone, that you connected with so fully, are likewise the things that a complete stranger might have felt and been glad for during the same precarious time. It comes as a nice surprise as a full-fledged adult to connect with another person that way. Keeping that in mind, I decided to ask the staff at Business Insider to share their favorite Young Adult books, plus their reasons why.
It was fun to feel a delayed sense of communion over the things that made us laugh, think creatively, or gave us a place to belong in a vulnerable time. Below you'll find 37 of the best books we read as young adults:. I was assigned to read The Glass Castle in high school and it's a huge part of why I love reading and writing non-fiction today. Jeannette Walls actually came and spoke to our class and she was incredibly inspiring. I'm excited to see the movie! This was likely the most impactful book I have ever read.
It taught me over and over again that each person has inalienable worth. In a complicated family, the child-parent dynamic is flipped, and we are able to see all the black and white complexities of grown adults through family history and the stalwart love of children. I found it so beautiful that through the right eyes, and the right voice, each reader could experience adversity and unwavering love and beauty simultaneously. It's a testament to some bonds being truly unconditional. I'll keep a paperback of this always.
It was all over the place and hilarious. I loved this book because it discussed topics that typically wouldn't be shared with teenagers. Before it was turned into a movie, which was great in some scenes, painful in others Ender's Game was an absolutely amazing book. Centered around child prodigies turned into soldiers by the world government in order to combat an alien threat, the book is exceedingly intelligent.
It works for any age group and you'll take more out of it each time you read it. Though it may be phrased as series, the first one stands alone on top of the pile. If you love the world and are disappointed by the Ender sequels, try the Bean series , they're on par with Ender's Game. It's Me, Margaret? It saved me in middle school.
I had a box set of several Judy Blume books, but my mom actually removed this one from the set and hid it from me for a while — which made me want to read it even more. In my mom's defense, I was still in elementary school. When I finally got my hands on it, it was like discovering hidden treasure. I read about bras and periods and everything a pre-teen girl would want to learn more about. I personally identify with Macy after the loss of her dad after losing my own Dad two years ago, but I also identify with Macy's moment of realization that she needs to do things for herself.
The entire book is about her transformation from doing what people expect her to do to someone who thinks for herself. I've read almost every single one of Sarah Dessen's books, and her writing is so personal and relatable and I feel like you can feel that especially in "The Truth About Forever. I would definitely put the " His Da rk Materi als " trilogy at the top of my list — it left an indelible impression on me, and had me rethink some canonical texts in a new light. I started reading the "His Dark Materials" series in middle school, but have continued to reread them throughout my life.
It's my favorite book series I've ever read. The protagonist was always younger than me, but in that way I was able to relive my adventurous childhood in a much more fantastic way. As I've gotten older, I've been able to recognize some of the deeper themes of religion, power, and self-awareness that I didn't pick up on when I was 12 or I related to the book in ways that I was not expecting and it did what only truly great books do —it made me think about things that I wouldn't have otherwise, and it made me see the world from a slightly different perspective.
There are lines from this book that I remember to this day and I still think it's one of the most poignant and important stories. I read a lot of " Boxcar Children " and " Babysitter's Club ". This epic tale of a young man fighting for survival in the Canadian wilderness after a plane crash was a must-read for every early 90's adolescent. Along with the classic Ferrari Testarossa poster and the biography of Bo Jackson, this Newberry Award Winner was usually among the first items to sell out at the elementary school book fair.
Loved reading [this] with my boys as it thrilled them and they could relate no magical, wizard, fairytale BS to a young man in a real situation overcoming great obstacles. Hands down, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. A close friend gifted it to me when I was seventeen and I've read it about a dozen times. My copy is filled with highlighter and underlines and some of the most emo musings the world has ever seen. When I got a job at Barnes and Noble in high school, I used my discount to buy a bunch of copies to give as gifts.
I re-read it a few years ago because a friend claimed that it wouldn't hold up now that I'm an adult. She was wrong. My wife is a high school English teacher. She just finished this book and said it's one of her favorite YA's ever. She plans to teach it. They are a perfect mix of soaring romance, action, and just all-around classical good storytelling. They definitely deserve to be better-known — especially the first installment.
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