5 Best Books for Young Adults

Picking just 5 books out of the wide variety of young adult fiction out there is tough. If you are looking for 5 great reads that will be sure to please just about any Young Adult, then look no further.

5 Books for Young Adults

1) The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

The 5th Wave sets up a thrilling and interesting world that makes it hard not to want more books set in this universe. The 5th wave follows 4 children as they try to survive the 5 waves of an alien invasion trying to wipe out humanity, and what happens when we realize we need other people? What happens when we realize others may need us as well? The 5th Wave leaves readers with a lot of questions about how these characters will survive and deal with some very heavy themes in a way that is accessible to young adults.

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

2) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Many people know and love the Hunger Games series, and for good reason. It’s an action-packed story of a world where children are forced to fight to the death in an event called the Hunger Games. Katniss, our protagonist, has been through a lot and is one of the most well-developed characters out there. She is strong, determined, and wholly believable as someone who would do anything to survive. If you haven’t read them yet, then what are you waiting for?

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

3) Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

This book needs no introduction. It’s the story of young wizard Harry Potter and his adventures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. What makes this book so great is the characters. They are all so well-developed, and you can’t help but feel for them as they go through their many ordeals. The plot is also amazing, with plenty of twists and turns to keep you on your toes.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

4) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel Grace Lancaster, a 16-year-old with cancer, and her relationship with Augustus Waters, another cancer patient. This book is both heartbreaking and beautiful and will stay with you long after you finish it. Hazel Grace Lancaster is an amazing protagonist, and you really feel for her as she tries to deal with the fact that someday she may die, but her story isn’t over yet.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

5) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak is a book about a teenage girl who is raped and has trouble coping with it. Melinda develops a stutter from her inability to speak about what happened to her, and through finally finding the strength to speak out against what happened to her, Melinda starts on a path of recovery. This book deals with some very tough themes in an honest way but doesn’t make light of them or diminish their importance. It’s also a great mystery novel about trying to figure out what happened after talking with everyone involved.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

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