Oddly enough, some of the recent popularity in YA novels can be attributed to, well, adults. The Atlantic reported in December that more than half of today’s YA readers are over the age of 18. And who can blame them with popular authors like John Green and Rainbow Rowell behind books that are being turned into even more popular feature films? If you’ve yet to join the YA craze, we’ve rounded up 5 popular novels (new and old) that’ll appeal to women’s fiction readers. Go on, test the YA waters and let us know what you think!
1) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Perhaps the book that started the YA evolution, Suzanne Collins’ dystopian novels center on Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl who was selected to represent her district in the infamous “Hunger Games,” a kill-or-be-killed television competition.
2) Wonder by R. J. Palacio
Palacio’s beautifully written novel tells the story of August Pullman, a young boy who was born with a rare facial deformity, which has kept him hidden from most of the world. But as he gathers his courage to start the fifth grade, things can be difficult, especially considering August’s classmates have never seen anyone quite like him before. Wonder is a heart-warming tale that explores the true meaning of kindness and friendship.
3) To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean keeps a shoebox full of love letters. They weren’t written to her, they were written by her, to all the boys she’s ever loved. Until one day, someone mails the letters and, all at once, her life will never quite be the same.
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This deeply moving coming-of-age novel focuses on Charlie, a high school boy whom we come to know through his letters. This unique perspective is surprisingly intimate, as he shares his high school highs and lows regarding family, friends, and first dates.
5) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Zusak crafts an unforgettable tale in The Book Thief. Set in Nazi Germany, Liesel Meminger, a foster child, finds an extraordinary comfort in books, which she most of the time is forced to steal. This remarkable little girl uses books to bond with the families around her, including a Jewish man they’re hiding in their basement.