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The Most Influential YA Books Of All Time

YA literature has become one of the most popular book genres for many years, and it’s no secret why. YA literature often deals with topics such as sexuality, coming of age, friendship, race and LGBTQ+; many of these topics were taboo to discuss openly a few decades ago. So not only is the targeted demographic utilizing these novels to gain insight on the most confusing years of their life, but adults are also enjoying the extremely relatable content. There is no shame in being an adult and loving YA novels; there are some amazing books out there! So on World Book Day let’s shine a light on some of the best to come out of this genre.

Here are some YA novels that every teenager and adult should read. Happy World Book Day and happy reading!

1. Twilight

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Can you feel the nostalgia in the air? Honestly, it wouldn’t be right to start off a YA novel list without the novel that captured the 2000’s by storm. Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight was nothing short of a phenomenon; becoming a New York Times Bestseller and ushering in a wave of vampire obsession for younger generations. For those who live under a rock/just forget, Twilight is about a seventeen year old named Bella Swan who moves to live with her Dad in Forks, Washington. It’s there she’s drawn to a handsome student named Edward Cullen…who happens to be a 104 year old vampire. Filled with danger and romance, the first novel lays the foundation for their love story. Getting its debut movie in 2008, Twilight was definitely a moment in book culture and pop culture. Whether you were a fan of the movies or were team books only (I adored both); it’s safe to admit 2008 were simpler times. So, Team Edward or Team Jacob?

 

2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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So, admission time: I didn’t read The Perks of Being a Wallflower until my senior year in college! However, it’s never too late for adults to get into Young Adult literature. The topics discussed in Stephen Chbosky’s novel, will have you, at times, forgetting you’re reading a book technically meant for younger audiences. The maturity and lessons on those pages make college (your living room will do too!) the perfect environment to break down Chbosky’s words. It’s a coming-of-age story about a teen named Charlie as he struggles to make friends and to be ‘normal’ as he begins high school. As Charlie and his friends continue on the path of young adulthood, they’re forced to acknowledge the trauma within their past. With themes like LGBTQ+ identity, drugs, mental health and sexual assault, this 1999 novel has never been so timely. The 2012 film adaptation The Perks of Being a Wallflower is now on Netflix, perfect quarantine material.

3. The Hate U Give

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What’s that saying when a bride is about to get married? Something old and something new? You can have a list of famous titles we’ve loved since our childhood (shoutout to my fellow 90’s kids!), but you also have to add some new classics. Besides, a new face or two isn’t going to hurt anyone! Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give may have come out in 2017, but this new kid on the block is definitely making a lot of noise (and rightfully so!). Thomas’ novel is revolutionary for the mere fact that instead of creating vast universes, to help people escape from the issues plaguing society; she’s turning a magnifying glass towards it. In The Hate U Give, Starr witness her friend Khalil wrongfully shot and killed by the police. Starr is an African-American girl who’s trying to balance her life at her private school that’s mainly white and her at home life where she can be herself; she must choose her path as she fights for justice for Khalil. Blend in or Stand up? Catching the tone of racial injustices bubbling under this country’s service and movements such as Black Lives Matter; Starr’s story is unfortunately not unique, but quite common.

 

4. The Fault in Our Stars

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Let’s gather our tissues and dive into John Green’s masterpiece, The Fault in Our Stars. Not only is it one of the best YA novels from the 2010s, but it’s one of the best YA novels ever. It’s so good it got a film adaptation in 2014. I saw the movie with my high school classmates and we wept together (definitely bonded for life after that). After being blown away by the movie, I bought the book and fell even more in love. In The Fault in Our Stars a girl named Hazel, who is combating thyroid cancer, is trying her best to have a ‘normal’ life; as a result she attends a cancer support group to meet others that understand her point of view. It’s there she meets a boy named Augustus, who has his own health battles. There hasn’t been a love story like Augustus and Hazel in Hollywood, and Green’s novel is nothing short of a classic.

 

5. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is not only an amazing YA novel, but it’s an amazing novel period. Sherman Alexie deserves to be a household name just like Stephenie Meyer or J. K. Rowling. Utilizing illustrations and humor to address not only the protagonist’s woes, but issues plaguing society as well, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a descendant of amazing titles such as Maus by Art Spiegelman and Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Even though the protagonist’s name is Junior, a lot of Junior’s struggles come from real life experiences experienced by Sherman. The story is about a boy who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation. He is an aspiring cartoonist, but has a wide array of medical problems. Junior is severely bullied, but he’s determined to get a good education so he goes to an all-white school in a neighboring town. He is faced with the dilemma of being considered a traitor by his people and facing many obstacles. This book deserves all the accolades.

   

Honorable Mention:

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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Now you muggles and wizards, didn’t think I’d write a list on YA literature without saluting the wizard that left his mark on this genre, did you? I can’t even imagine what the YA genre would look like without the boy who lived. Although when J. K. Rowling debuted Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in 1997, it was technically classified as a book for children; as the series progressed, and as Harry grew up, more mature themes were introduced. Harry, Ron, and Hermione were no longer wide-eyed children running from trolls; now they’re teenagers trying to find their voices as well as agency. I believe the fifth book not only captures Harry and the gang’s new phase perfectly, but it marks the turn from children’s fiction to YA literature for the series. On that note I say 10 points for Gryffindor! 

It’s no secret how impactful YA literature has been on pop culture. Hollywood just can’t enough of adapting the hottest novels to blockbuster movies and addicting shows on Netflix. On World Book Day, let us remember our favorite YA classics, or even add some more to our collection. These stories are timeless, and whether you’re young or young at heart, there’s something for everyone in this genre. Happy reading!

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21 Years of Being A Wallflower

“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.” – Good Reads

On February 1, 1999, the world was given the opportunity to know Charlie Kelmeckis. Suffering from PTSD, Charlie’s parents felt it best for him to go into an institution for the summer after his best friend committed suicide. Upon his release, however, he had to embark on his new challenge. High school!

 

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The Perks Of Being A Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to grow up in the confines of four walls of terror, better known as high school. Instead of writing in a diary, Charlie writes letters that are unique to his personality. As the reader, we aren’t given much on who Charlie is. We gain a better understanding of the world he is apart of. A world which includes first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends, and as the blurb states, “sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

 

 

Thirteen years later, Chboksy turned his masterpiece into a film with the production team composed of Lianne Halfon, Russell Smith, and John Malkovich. All the characters in Chbosky’s work are both complex and convincing. The adaptation made sure to not make the shot in a crisp high definition to ensure that the world looked a little blurry to imitate the view of the teenagers who are not always true to who they are.

 

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Although Charlie is a wallflower, he can go through life outside of the past and is able to provide sanctum to those around him. As a sanctum myself, Charlie becomes easy to relate to as he is able to drill through the falsities and understand people for what is underneath the crud.

 

 

Chbosky strives to empower teenagers to show them that there is more to life than the teenage stereotype that we have all come to know. The things that may be silly to us, are very important to these teenagers by making up who they will become.

 

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Golden Globes’ Forgotten Nominees

With the holidays dying down, we can finally dive into the new year. I always look forward to the award shows, especially the Golden Globes. This year, Ricky Gervais was the host, and what a host he was. In the days leading up, Gervais made some jokes about the Golden Globes choosing him to be the host. Instead of pouring a glass of champagne for himself, Gervais shook the bottle and spraying the production team, setting the mood for his personality during the globes.

Although it was a great night for many, there was a sense of loss for the nominees. Especially these well-made adaptations.

Unbelievable, the 2019 Netflix series, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Toni Collette as the nominee. Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television. Best Performance by Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television with Kaitlyn Dever and Merritt Wever as nominees.

 

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Based on the novel, Unbelievable by authors T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, displays of turmoil that a young teen faces when she reports being raped. Having to recant her story a few times, she comes across as unreliable leaving the rapist free to find more victims. Two female detectives gain similar cases and band together to follow the evidence that could reveal the truth to solving the case.

 

 

Big Little Lies, like Unbelievable, was nominated for three categories. Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television with Meryl Streep as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in A Television Series – Drama with Nicole Kidman as the nominee. Best Television Series – Drama.

 

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Based on the bestseller, Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty tells a tale about the dangerous little lies that we tell ourselves just to survive. Madeline, Celeste, and Jane are forced to hold onto their own personal secrets when someone ends up dead. The three women are stuck at a crossroads, leading them to the same place. As the blurb states, “Big Little Lies is a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the little lies that can turn lethal.”

 

 

Little Women, unfortunately, was only nominated for two categories. Best Original Score – Motion Picture with Alexandre Desplat as the nominee. Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama with Saoirse Ronan as the nominee.

 

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Based on the novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, discusses the lives of Jo, Beth, Meg, and Amy as they unite, “in their devotion to each other and their struggles to survive in New England during the Civil War.” This book is based on Alcott’s early life as a child. While her father, Bronson Alcott, was involved with famous male authors, Louisa supported her family by doing the work of a woman. There is no secret that this book is a must-read as it displays themes like love and death, peace and war, and conflict between family and ambition.

It’s a shocker that these movies were not given as much credit as they deserved, but as the saying goes, books are so much better than the movies.

 


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P.S. We Still Love To All The Boys!

The sequel for the popular Netflix movie To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before has finally been announced! And it looks adorable. In “To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You” Laura Jean and Peter are a real couple and will spend their first Valentine’s Day together. But when John, one of the aforementioned boys who received a letter in the first movie, shows up, how will Laura Jean choose? Everyone is reprising their role but Jordan Fisher is the newest to cast playing the new love interest.

 

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The movie will come out on February 12, 2020, a perfect time for Valentine’s Day. Whether you are in a relationship or just hanging out with your friends or binging Netflix by yourself, this movie will surely be adorable.

 

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Black Widow Returns

The stand alone Black Widow movie trailer is out and fans seem excited. Personally, I am a little apprehensive. We could have had a Black Widow movie by now, you know, when she was actually alive but better late than never.

The trailer first starts off with flashbacks and flash forwards to her time in the Avengers, being best friends with Clint (Hawkeye) and we hear her line from Avengers: End Game about how the Avengers were her family, which was touching to hear.

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We see Natasha going to back to Russia or maybe Budapest; it was unclear. But she meets with her “sister” Yelena Belova, and two other heroes we are introduced to. Melina Vostokoff (The Iron Maiden) and Alexi Stoshakov (The Red Guardian). The movie is set after Captain America: Civil War where Natasha was forced into hiding after helping Cap and Bucky escape, so her family reunion is a bit involuntary.

The big bad of this movie is the villain Tony Master (Task Master), who has a photographic reflexes and who can copy any adversary’s physical movement which makes him extremely dangerous. In the comics he could rival Captain America, Spiderman and others.

We also see glimpses of the infamous Red Room, where Natasha was trained. It has been hinted at through the years of the MCU, so it’s exciting to actually see it and not just in a Scarlet Witch mind read flashback/vision.

Black Widow’s back story in the movies is a still bit of a mystery and there is no telling how much we will actually learn but hopefully we learn enough to really appreciate Natasha’s character. R.I.P girl.

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Black Widow Trailer: here

 

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