1. The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Marie Collins

While the Hunger Games, series is a very interesting and entertaining science fiction adventure. However what makes it such a good read are the issues of class, corrupt government and human nature in the face of survival that addresses so eloquently. In addition, it featured Thurs a strong female protagonist and Katniss which is rarely seen in this genre.


  1. The Secret Life of Bees is a book by Sue Monk Kidd

This complex story of love race and lost focuses on our fourteen-year-old protagonist Willy as she flees from her abusive father with her African-American maid in the 60s. As a journey to South Carolina Lily discovers her mother’s past and the truth about her death and finally find the family, she’s always needed. This emotional ride stays with you long after you’ve finished reading it.

  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

This beautifully written coming of age story features an unconventional and quirky protagonist. We follow the story of 15-year-old Charlie as he deals with the loss of his only middle school friend to suicide and confront the death of his favorite aunt. The novel also deals with the issues of sexuality, drug use and sexual abuse in a very honest and realistic way that is what makes it such a compelling read.

  1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

This novel touches on the atrocities of Nazi Germany as experienced by nine-year-old Liesel. What makes this story so interesting is that it’s narrated by Death and described in great detail the beauties and horrors of a life lived during that era.

  1. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Anderson is no stranger to writing memorable young adult literature her novels Speak gives a poignant portrayal of a young woman dealing with having been raped. In this novel, she tackled the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder and how it not only affects the sufferer but their families.

  1. Martyn Pig by Kevin Brooks

In this young adult trailer, we follow our protagonist Martyn Pig as he deals with accidentally killing his abusive alcoholic father. This novel deals with issues of child abuse and possible mental illness all from the perspective of the victim.

  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

This novel follows 15-year-old Christopher an autistic mathematics wiz who despite being terrified of interacting with other people decides to investigate the murder of his neighbor’s poodle. It’s compelling to have a narrator that sees the world in such an insightful and remarkably revealing way.

  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

This touching love story of two teens living with cancer demonstrate the importance of living to its fullest no matter what challenges are in your way.

  1. I Am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

Cormier is known for writing controversial and thought-provoking young adult literature. In this novel, we follow teen protagonist Adam through a mental journey of his past life. And through the memories we discover that Adam is not who he seems, and the seemingly harmless story ends in great tragedy.

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is the emotionally gripping story of 17-year-old Mia, who’s in a coma after a car accident claimed the lives of her family. The book depicts Mia having an out of -body experience while friends and family visit her in the hospital. We also see her deciding whether to live or give in to death.

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