I know, I know. I’ve been there. I’ve been the person that wondered why an adult should read young adult books, since all YA novels were about fantasy and magical worlds. Worlds you wanted to avoid because who reads this junk anyway?
Well, guess what? I ate myself some crow. Because they’re not just mystical and unrealistic.
They’re about life. Relationships. Characters with heart and soul.
And you should be reading them.
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Five Young Adult Books Midlife Women Should Be Reading
Yoon’s first book is a phenomenal read. Recently turned into a movie – everyone is on the bandwagon with this one. But it’s not because it’s a new flick that I recommend it.
Everything Everything is a book about relationships and connections, truth and lies, parenting and protecting your child above all else. And it’s an absolute must read for us all.
The Sun is Also a Star is Nicola Yoon’s second release, and it, too, is worth the investment.
A tale from the eyes of a young girl who watches her friend’s life end, for no reason at all. Ripped from the headlines, The Hate U Give is a story that will have you turning page after page, finishing the read before you realize you never put the book down.
Niven is best known for this release, though she has written several other books, as well. The characters of Finch and Violet strike an understanding and develop a relationship you enjoy so much that you find yourself wanting to go along for the ride on their many adventures. All The Bright Places landed on many of the best YA books recently for a number reasons. Crack it open or download yourself a copy immediately to find out why.
Malala Yousafzai is a well-known activist. She is recognized world wise as a voice to be heard. A recent recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Yosafzai is a young woman who has lived through much in her life of only 19 years. In I Am Malala she shares her story. Her passionate details of her life hold much weight. This book is worth a read. There is a youth version, but young adult readers and midlife women alike would enjoy the regular version of her book.
John Green is known for his young adult books. His phenomenal writing that captures the lives of his teenage characters and captures the hearts of teen readers everywhere.
The Fault in Our Stars is what introduced me to Green’s work – where I was before then? I don’t quite know. And it’s a phenomenal book. One that you probably expected to find on this list.
But Looking For Alaska was my favorite of all of his tales. The story of Pudge, the boring boy who is hoping for a life-changing event upon leaving home and attending boarding school. His life does change, when he meets Alaska Young.
That’s right, Alaska is a person – and – for Pudge, a bit of a place – the place he wants to be.
I hope you’ll consider picking up at least one of these titles, if not all, and be sure to let me know your thoughts after (or even during!) reading.
If you’re looking for more reading recommendations, I have several here for you:
Andrea Bates can be found sharing her favorite reads over at Good Girl Gone Redneck. She often writes lists of book recommendations so you know what book to pick up next or what books you should dive into, and suggest to your friends so you sound like you’re the expert. Stop by and say hi and see what she’s reading now.