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Five Young Adult Books Midlife Women Should Be Reading

YA Novels for Adults

YA novels for adultsI 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

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoonv

Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, YA Books for adults

The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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.

All the bright Places cover by Jennifer Niven

All The Bright Places – Jennifer Niven

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.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up For Education and Was Shot by the Taliban – Malala Yousafzai

I am malala book cover

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.

Looking for Alaska – John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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:

Five Books You Must Read This Summer

Five Incredible Historical Fiction Books

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.

Andrea Bates

Andrea is a native New Yorker living in NC who has become quite accustomed to wearing flip flops year-round. A licensed clinical social worker, she spends her free time volunteering for a number of organizations supporting women (more specifically, mothers) in need of a reminder that they are not alone. Andrea blogs at Good Girl Gone Redneck, where she writes from the heart, sharing the ins and outs of parenting, family and relationships. She also devours books and regularly features her honest reviews, ensuring that her readers are intrigued and ready for more.

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Sunday 13th of August 2017

Hi, Just checked out all of the titles you recommended on Goodreads and added ALL OF THEM to my To Read list. Amazingly, all were 4+ stars and I had somehow missed them. Headed over to your blog now.

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