5 YA books you must add to your reading list – part III

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Hi there!

Hope you’re all good. After all the festivities and falling ill, it is now time to catch up on reading. Young Adult or YA as it is popularly known as, is my favorite genre of recent times. It is sweet like a cheesecake, sometimes intense like pie, but always so delectable and fluffy.

best YA books
You are the books you read.

Here’s presenting part III of my top 5 YA books.

1. Looking for Alaska (John Green)

John Green is best known for The Fault in Our Stars, but Looking for Alaska is a wonder that deserves more praise. He manages to capture the best of your emotions and how!

The story is about Miles, who bids goodbye to his inhibitions and goes to a new school. New friends, new life, and new adventures await him. And down the hall is Alaska young – gorgeous, clever, self destructive, and screwed up. She pulls Miles into her world of friends, steals his heart, and then everything is changed. Its deeply emotional and has the perfect dose of YA feels.

Looking for Alaska
If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.

2. The Sky is Everywhere (Jandy Nelson)

This one is a story of love and loss. After Lennie’s sister Bailey dies, she finds herself torn between two boys – Toby (Bailey’s boyfriend) and Joe (the new boy in town). Lennie is constantly battling to balance her heart and head.

It is heartbreaking, romantic, and warm all in the right amounts. The overall feel of the book is tragic, but I love the way hope triumphs over tragedy.

The Sky is Everywhere
The sky is everywhere. It begins at your feet 🙂

3. Love Like Crazy (Megan Squires)

Love  Like Crazy is a fuzzy warm YA read. Love, soul, happy vibes – everything is on point. Eppie and Lincoln are the main characters (and they come quite close to my Eleanor & Park benchmark of mush). It positive, happy, and romantic, but with an undercurrent of sadness.

best YA books
Love like crazy and you’ll know the power of love.

The story highlights how it’s okay to be broken and sad. Collecting broken pieces and making life beautiful, that’s what every character in the book teaches. The romance between Eppie and Lincoln is charming at a new level.

4. The Truth about Forever (Sarah Dessen)

This was my first Sarah Dessen read and I was quite impressed. Loved the writing style. The story is about Wes and Mac; both are on a break from their respective relationship, but find a new friendship and companion in each other. The story is somewhat clichéd, but the freshness in writing makes it worth a read.

5. Wonder (R. J. Palacio)

Saved my ultimate favorite for the last! Wonder is a story about a boy, Auggie with facial disability. After being home schooled for years, it is time for him to finally go to a proper school. It plays well with your emotions, one minute you’re laughing out loud and the next minute your heart melts.

The journey is about Auggie, the challenges he faces, the friends he makes, and the lessons he learns. It restored my faith in friendship. Wonder is ‘feel good at its best’.

Wonder RJ Palacio
Its not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend.

You can also read part I and part II for some other amazing YA recommendations. And if you have a favorite YA recommendation, do share it with me in the comments below.

Until next time, happy reading!!

 

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5 YA books you should add to your reading list – Part II

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Hello lovelies!

I am all happy and charged up to be writing the part II of the YA books series. Picked out some happy and dreamy YAs that’ll strike a chord and leave a part of them in your heart.

best ya books
So many books, so little time.
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Just in case you haven’t read part I, here it is.

  1. Our Chemical Hearts (Krystal Sutherland)

This was the best YA I read in 2016! It is the perfect amalgamation of John Green and Rainbow Rowell. Feels on fleek, I say!!

our chemical hearts
She was built for mountains, not rooftops.
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The chemical reaction, or love as they call it between the two main lead characters is heartwarming. Henry and Grace are worlds apart, yet find solace in each other. Happy, sad, emotional, and love struck, you’ll feel it all while reading this delectable story.

2. Room (Emma Donoghue)

Room is a rather bold and strong YA. The book highlights the struggles Ma and Jack go through when they are held captive in an 11X11 room.

Room
Scared is what you’re feeling. Brave is what you’re doing.

Although the underlying feel of the book is trauma, abuse, and sadness, there is a positivity that radiates. Motherly love overpowers and makes us believe that moms are the real superheroes.

The booknerd in you will be happy to see the movie adaptation. It is phenomenal.

3. The Fault in Our Stars (John Green)

When I was making a list of YAs read, TFIOS was at the top. This is Hazel’s story of battling for life, survival, and love. This is also the story of Augustus being lover boy and bff we all need in our life.

the fault in our stars
Maybe okay will be our always.
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Heart wrenching, tragic, yet full of life, you cannot not love The Fault in Our Stars.

PS – The movie is pretty good too. But the book certainly has more depth.

4. We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

We Were Liars is a modern take on suspense novels. If you’re bored of all those mushy YAs and are looking for something light yet engaging, then this is what you should be reading.

And remember when someone asks how it ends. Just LIE.

we were liars
This island is ours.
Here, in some way, we are young forever.      Source – gksisat

5. Ketchup Clouds (Annabel Pitcher)

A simple story told in a superbly effective manner, that’s Ketchup Clouds. Feels are on point. It has grief, sorrow, and misery, yet I’ll call it a rather happy read.

Ketchup Clouds
Sometimes there are good reasons to do bad things.

It’s about a fifteen year old girl, Zoe and her secret. She finds a way to share it with a criminal on death row, and shares her tale of love and betrayal. It is witty and the bouts of humor are more than welcoming!

Have you read any of these? Liked them? Share it in the comments section below.

Love!! XOXO

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