As a true lover of young adult fiction, I have picked out five of my favorite YA books to suggest for you to read this summer. On this list there is something for everyone’s taste. Of course there are thousands of books to choose from for summer reading, but these were the ones I loved the most! When you come to the Young Authors’ Conference, you will get book recommendations from your fellow young authors’, your workshop leaders and even some of the MSU instructors. At the conference, you will get to pick out two free books to bring home with you. Bring a pen and paper, because anyone you talk to will have a book recommendation!
Divergent Trilogy – Veronica Roth
If you like dystopian action stories, then this is a great series for your summer reading! This may be cheating because I picked an entire trilogy, instead of a single book, but how could I not? This series is packed full of mystery, action and relationships. Following the main character Tris, through her transformation from one faction to a valiant leader, she leaps off of buildings and outsmarts authority. The Divergent Trilogy is a fast paced plot line that introduces new characters quickly. Some of the characters you learn to love, others you learn to hate, and the rest, Veronica Roth lets you decide how you feel about them. This is a trilogy I would read over and over, each time finding new details I have missed.
When You Reach Me – Rebecca Stead
If you like books about friendship, a little bit of mystery, and a taste of time travel, then get your hands on a copy of When You Reach Me! This Newbery award winning novel is about a young girl, Miranda Sinclair, her friendship with Sal and mysterious notes that appear around her town. As she tries to patch up a friendship with her best friend, she makes new and unique friendships as well. Miranda is also helping her mother train for Hollywood Squares. I wish I could tell you how this novel ends, but it is just too great to spoil it. A must read for anyone who has ever had friendship turmoil or enjoys mysterious happenings.
Wonder – R.J. Palacio
If you like books about overcoming adversities and celebrating differences, this is the book for you! Wonder was wonderful, for a lack of a better word. This story is about a boy who has a facial difference that he describes as “whatever you are thinking, it is probably worse.” This book is told from the perspective of the main character, Auggie, and his friends and family. This book has both magic and charm. Each section switches narrators, and that is part of the magic of this book. Seeing all the characters transform into individuals with unique perspectives on the world is the charm. This novel is a showcase of teamwork and the power of happiness. In terms of happy endings, this is the one of the happiest.
2. Akata Witch – Nnedi Okorafor
If you like science fiction books about magic and a team of kids saving the world, then Akata Witch would be a good summer read for you! Akata Witch involves a group of kids who are trying to find their way in a world of magic powers. They are the four who are destined to save the world. The world building in Akata Witch is rich with imagery and has a complete set of rules for the magical society. When the main character, Sunny, meets up with other magical young adults, she finds parts of her she never knew she had. This is a captivating mythological read and by the end you will be aching for the next book in the series to be published!
1. Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell
If you like quirky love stories about two star struck teenagers, than pick up this book immediately! You will fall in love with the characters, the plot, and the adorable cover art. Eleanor is a poor girl, and Park is an Asian boy. Both were on a quest to find their identities, until they sat together on the bus. After this fateful day, the two went on a journey to find their identities as a duo. Their relationship is comical, awkward, and passionate. Follow the two on their journey and fall more and more in love them.
I hope you enjoyed this list and inspires you to read and write this summer. The more you read, the strong your writing will become. Happy reading!
**All images are linked to the author’s webpage where they were originally found
By: Morgan Hanks, YAC Intern