Even if the age range on the book jacket implies that you were”supposed” to have graduated from young adult novels long ago, YA books are an addicting reading pleasure for both the young and the adults. After all, there are no rules to reading; all ages are welcome any time, any where. So from mysterious thrillers to cultural statements and the creative world of fantasy, we’ve found engaging storylines that represent the best of young adult novels in 2019—so far. And as always, you can keeping checking back for the latest and greatest.
On The Come Up by Angie Thomas
From Angie Thomas, the author of the acclaimed The Hate U Give, is this story of Bri, a 16-year-old aspiring rapper who struggles with her rise to the spotlight as her mother recovers from drug addiction.
Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Following McManus’ best-selling debut One of Us is Lying is this YA thriller about a girl named Ellery who moves to the small town of Echo Ridge to live with her grandmother. But her new home is full of secrets due to a deadly homecoming that took place five years earlier.
Internment by Samira Ahmed
Set in a not-too-distant dystopian future, 17-year-old Layla Amin, her family, and other fellow Muslim Americans have been forced into U.S.-based internment camps. Amin soon heads a revolution fighting for the freedom of her people.
We Are Displaced by Malala Yousafazi
Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafazi focuses on the stories of the globally displaced. Part memoir, part storytelling platform, this books reveals Yousafazi’s own struggles as a young woman forced from her home in Pakistan during war—in addition to the tales of a handful of refugees who suffered similar fates.
The Love and Lies of Rukhsana Ali by Sabina Khan
In this emotional read, 17-year-old Rukhsana Ali has not come out to her conservative Muslim parents…when her mother catches her with her girlfriend Ariana. As a result, her parents send her to stay with extended family in Bangladesh.
Slayer by Kiersten White
Set in the world of the beloved Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe, despite her healing nature, Nina has been appointed as the newest and last Chosen one, a.k.a the final Slayer in history to “fight the forces of darkness.”
The Wicked King by Holly Black
A sequel to the hit first novel The Cruel Prince, Black’s newest story sees the main character, Jude, bound to the evil Faerie king Cardan in an effort to protect her brother Oak.
“Shout” by Laurie Halse Anderson
In a free verse poetry memoir with revealing personal stories, Anderson expresses both anger and understanding about how society handles sexual assault, speaking sympathetically to the courageous members of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
This novel follows a teen named Daniela Vargas who attends the Medio School for Girls, an elite academy that teaches women to either excel at running a husband’s household…or in raising his children. But soon, Daniela is approached with the opportunity to act as a spy for a resistance group that hopes to reverse Medio’s prejudiced treatment of women.
What We Buried by Kate A. Boorman
Told from the differing perspectives of two siblings who resent each other, this psychological thriller intensifies as a brother and sister set out to find their missing parents.
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