The Best Bad Books: The Golden Age of YA Fiction

Ever read a book that makes you question your sanity for loving it so much? Read on to discover the bad books that are so addictive!

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three books: crave, hush hush, and vampire academy, in the center of the page. Stars and abstract images around them.

Have you ever read a book so bad, that it sneaks behind you, does a little jig, and somehow becomes the best time of your life? You think you’re losing it. You begin to wonder whether this is the day your brain has melted into the earth’s core. You’ve turned to the dark side. You feel the need to reboot with classical literature. But you go back to the bad book… and still cannot hate it!

See, there is not a fine line between hate and love. There is with indifference, if you find this book not worth your time. But when you hate something, that means you care… Admit it, you really care. And you cannot not care anymore. This is why the enemies-to-lovers trope is a kiss from the heavens. You’ve made an enemy out of this book. Yet, must it be so? Maybe we love them. And perhaps there are more bad books to fall in love with.

Crave Series by Tracy Wolff

I’m not entirely sure what special recipe was inked into the pages of this series… but it was addictive. This series is not above average, nor is it the most okay book. It has nonsensical plots, unhinged decisions, and incredibly long for no good reason. Yet it does something wild. It puts a hold on you, it forces you to contemplate the meaning of life in a way the world should not force you to ponder that meaning.

Crave by Tracy Wolff. A white rose, blood dripping on the petals.
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This book follows an orphaned girl and her journey when she is sent to a supernatural high school with mythical creatures. Even though some of them are older than the dirt they walk on, yes, high school. She knows she’s more than a human (a nugget of literature that had me cackling once we found out what a supernatural being she is), but she hasn’t sprung her supernatural wings yet. She has to go through the academy, fight the monsters, and try to discover the truth of her parents’ death.

I read it. I became borderline insane. And now this book and I are getting married.

Hush, Hush Series by Becca Fitzpatrick

Hush, Hush is the angel version of Twilight. I said it. And I will say it once more. This book is Twilight but with demons and angels. Angel Twilight

Hush Hush is about a high school girl, Nora Grey, who living her best life in high school…until she starts to fall in love with a transfer student…who’s an angel. But not just any angel… her guardian angel.

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. Cover of a fallen angel reaching to the heavens.
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I thought I would hate this book. I thought this was going to be horrifying to finish. I imagined cringing and getting the ick as the pages turned, but no. I was fooled. I fell in love with this book. It was cringy, and maybe horrifying, but the drama is the juiciest fruit on the tree!

The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare

Before you send the calvary after me, please hear me out. I am absolutely obsessed with Clockwork Angels (Aka: Literary Gold). However, this series made me die with the biggest hanging question mark over my head. These books are a rollercoaster ride of a plot. The unimaginable is brought to life. The incest plotline is cutting it a little too close. Simon is turned into a vampire rat… I loved it. Every second of it. It’s hilarious, fun, and ridiculous in the best way.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. The cover of a blonde boy with Shadowhunter tattoos, a sword, touching the Mortal Cup in a tarot card.
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City of Bones is about a girl, Clary Fray who learns about the world beneath the curtain of her own. The Shadow World. A world her mother protected her from. A world where she is a Shadowhunter.

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

If you haven’t caught the theme here, we are talking about another paranormal romance. The story is about a dhampir (half-vampire) girl, Rose Hathaway, who is guarding her best friend, Lissa Dragomir (a Moroi/vampire princess). She has to partner up with another guard, Dimitri, to Lissa. And even though they are falling in love, they are forbidden because of their mission to protect the princess…

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. A cover of the VA symbol, a woman faded in the back.
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There is not much to say other than this girl is obsessed with boys. Her boy fever is possibly clinical at this point. If I had a dollar for how many times this high school girl says how hot a guy is, I would be swimming in my riches. The premise is vampires and paranormals, but the execution was high school girls being high school girls, but with superpowers.

All for the Game Series by Nora Sakavic

These books are the ones that everyone warns you not to read, yet they secretly devour them in the shadows. It’s like they’re in on some big secret, and you just have to know what it’s all about. Well, that’s exactly what happened to me. This book is wild. It’s confusing, unpredictable, and centers around a made-up sport (Exy) that’s basically a mix of lacrosse and death. Oh, and did I mention it’s also kind of a mafia romance? Or at least, I think it is. Even after reading it, I’m not entirely sure!

The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakavic. Cover with a orange fox paw on it.
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The author seemed to have written this series just for kicks. I mean, the ebook is free! It’s like they threw caution to the wind and decided to gift the world this bizarre treasure. And let me tell you, it’s got everything: dark pasts, brooding boys, melodramatic lines, and the highest ruling edgelords in books. But tell me why I shed a tear.

We All Love A Good Bad Book

As I make my hasty exit, I want to make one thing clear: this was all in good fun. I’ve got no quarrel with these books. I have a love-hate relationship with them. And to all the die-hard fans out there, I salute your dedication. Please, don’t come knocking on my door with pitchforks and torches. I appreciate your passion, but let’s keep it civil, alright? After all, it’s the commitment of fans like you that keeps these books alive, no matter how bonkers they may be.


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