If you’re shopping for the YA lover in your life (or if you’re a YA lover yourself!), it’s time to look beyond the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. YA has only gotten more popular in the years since The Hunger Games came out in 2008. Blockbuster adaptations of stand-alone novels and series like The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, and Divergent have made YA familiar even to those who haven’t picked up a book written for teens since they were a teen themselves. But just because the box office is dominated by dystopian landscapes and John Green doesn’t mean that’s all YA has to offer.
Recent titles destined to become classics represent all sub-genres. There’s everything from historical fiction to magical realism and literary fiction. Here are some recent YA titles that should be at the top of your must-read pile. And feel free to ask anyone who tries to mock you for reading “kids’ books” how many times they saw Toy Story 3. Anyone and everyone can enjoy YA.
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