I have been reading a lot of Teen/YA novels lately and loving them! They are a great reprieve from grad school reading.
These are the ones I have read so far:
The Book Thief
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy
Does anyone have any other recommendations of some good teen/young adult books?
John Green is terrific. I liked Paper Towns more than Looking for Alaska.
Meg Rosoff writes beautiful, moving books. Try anything she's written.
For a fantasy series that seems to have dropped off the radar, I enjoyed Garth Nix's trilogy, Sabriel, Liriel and Abhorsen.
Feed by M.T. Anderson is thought-provoking. His Octavian Nothing books are completely different, not easy to read (they are written in an 18th century vernacular) and fascinating. Since you liked The Book Thief, you might enjoy Octavian Nothing. Different wars, but similar life and death and liberty struggles.
Since you liked Twilight, I highly recommend Sunshine by Robin McKinley. Personally, I think it's a much better treatment of the vampire trope, but even if you disagree, it's a great story. She's an award-winning author and has lots of other titles you can try.
And that reminds me of McKinley's husband, Peter Dickinson. He is brilliant, and again, there are too many titles to mention. He writes for adults as well.
I love the YA genre too! I agree with the pp about the Printz awards. This year's winner was one of my favorites *Ship Breaker*.
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Matched by Alie Condie
Delirium by Lauren Oliver
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (but read Percy Jackson first!)
The Gone series by Michael Grant
The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Graceling and Fire by Kristen Cashore (I don't usually like fantasy, but I LOVED these!)
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher
If you like "chick lit," try anything by Sarah Dessen.
Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Saving Franchesca, The Piper's Son, and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (the first two go together, but JR is a stand alone novel)
Hex Hall by Rachael Hawkins (it has a follow up called Demonglass, but I haven't read it yet)
Life As We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone, and This World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer
I hope I didn't overwhelm you! I'm a YA Librarian, so I spend a lot of my days ordering and recommending books!
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I discovered YA fiction when I read the Twilight series.
A lot of them are very good! I like the fact that the violence is limited and they are not trashy.
Here are some I liked:
The Blue Girl by Charles De Lint (part of the Newford series which is not all YA)
The Painted Boy by Charles De Lint
Tithe and Ironside (part of a Modern Faerie Tale sereis) by Holly Black
Howls Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr (she wrote an entire series but I did not read all of them)
Also liked the Percy Jackson series,not as much as my son does, but they are still fun.
I've heard good things about the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. My son (13) tried the first book and found it boring, but I might try reading it myself since I like Faerie Literature.
Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison. British. Hysterical.
The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. It seems to be loved by my patrons.
Wicked, Lovely by Melissa Marr. Dark, Riveting Fairies.
Kelly Armstrong does teen vampires and she does them well.
A Great and Terrible beauty - have not read it but it gets rave reviews.
Just remembered another really good YA series:
The Darkest Powers Trilogy by Kelley Armstrong
The Summoning http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/the-summoning/
The Awakening http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/the-awakening-2/
The Reckoning http://www.kelleyarmstrong.com/the-reckoning/
They are scary hard to put down books!
Wow, these are great! Thanks everyone!!!
I completely forgot to check the award lists. Thanks for the reminder, Hildare.
I just bought Feed and a new release, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.