So, you’ve binged 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, read the book by Jay Asher (possibly a few times), and now you’re looking for something else that you’ll fall in love with. Don’t be sad, cause we have a list of 10 YA books that you’ll probably want to read if you loved Asher’s novel.
1) The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Charlie is a wallflower. He’s caught between living his life and running from it, and mostly he just observes. Enter Sam and Patrick, two new friends who introduce Charlie to a whole new world and pull him in from the sidelines. But not everything is roses as there is something in Charlie’s past that is deeply troubling him, and he can only hide it for so long.
2) The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
The whole school “knows” Alice slept with two guys at that party, ask anybody. After quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car crash, the rumors about Alice really start to fly. Every possible rumor is written down on the girl’s bathroom stall for all to see. The only person who knows the truth is Alice, but will anybody ask her?
3) To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Lara Jean Song writes letters to all the boys she’s loved, which is exactly five. In the letters, she pours out everything she’s ever wanted to say, but would never say to their faces. When her secret hatbox is discovered, the letters that were never supposed to see anyone’s else’s eyes are mailed to each of the boys. Uh-oh, Lara’s life is about to become way more interesting!
4) Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
In the fateful year of 1986, star-crossed misfits, Eleanor and Park meet and quickly fall in love. Both of them realize that your first love doesn’t usually last, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t willing to try to make it work! It’s a coming-of-age novel that follows a first romance and all its ups and downs in the course of one school year.
5) History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
Seventeen-year-old Griffin has just lost his best friend, who is also the love of his life. After Theo dies, Griffin desperately wants to hold on to everything related to Theo, even if that means becoming friends with Theo’s college boyfriend. In the search to learn every detail about Theo’s college life, Griffin learns the truth about Theo’s accident and what it means to love someone.
6) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Craig Gilner studied hard to get into the right school that’s going to set the course for his future. He got in. When he arrived at the Pre-Professional High School, the pressures of not meeting expectations and blending in with his peers really gets to him and drives him to the breaking point. While staying at the mental hospital, Craig gets to know his new neighbors and confront his anxiety.
7) Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
At eighteen, Charlotte Davis has experienced more loss than most people she knows. In an effort to deal with this deep pain, Charlotte develops a harmful habit that could cause her to lose herself too. Some people have described Glasgow’s novel as A Girl, Interrupted for the new generation, giving it high praise!
8) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
When Aristotle met Dante at their local swimming pool, it seemed like they had nothing in common. Regardless, a friendship bloomed and through being together and apart they learn more about themselves and bring life to the desert that surrounds them. Winning multiple awards, Saenz’s book has been a major hit with YA readers.
9) Looking For Alaska by John Green
The quiet life of Miles “Pudge” Halter is completely disrupted when he’s enrolled at the Culver Creek Boarding School. Not only is it a complete change of pace, but there’s the wildly fascinating Alaska Young that Pudge falls head-over-heels for. Then there’s the night that changes everything, and Pudge is left to “seek the Great Perhaps” in the aftermath.
10) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda Sordino has branded herself as an outcast. After calling the cops on a party, no one wants to be her friend, so she resorts to staying inside her head. She becomes basically mute, but the event that keeps replaying in her head finally forces her to break the silence. This suspenseful book will not let you put it down!
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