It’s no secret that I quite like the YA genre. I find that the books are often more imaginative than those marketed towards adults, and that they deal with more interesting issues. That’s by no means always the case, of course, but looking at the best examples of both, there are certainly far more YA books in my list of favourites than adult ones.
Mashable has come up with a list of YA books that they think every adult should read:
- Inexcusable by Chris Lynch
- Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- Feed by M.T. Anderson
- Going Bovine by Libba Bray
- Monster by Walter Dean Myers
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- Luna by Julie Anne Peters
- The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
- Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
- Hate List by Jennifer Brown
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
- Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
- Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz
- If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson
Of these, I can only say that I’ve heard of three, and I’ve only read one of those (The Book Thief). I’m a huge John Green fan, so I’m sure that An Abundance of Katherines is at least decent. Warm Bodies has come with mixed reviews.
How about you? Have you read of any of these? Should I prioritize reading any of them?