YA? Why Not?

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It's no secret to fans of Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games that teen books aren't just for teens any more. There are many reasons that adults are turning to YA literature, but mostly, it's because there are some great stories out there that have been marketed to young adults.

Whether you're wanting a great coming of age novel, a more succinct story, or want to be able to connect with a teen in your life through books, here are some authors to check out. Just like with adult books, not everything will appeal to you, but don't limit your reading just because something is in the teen section!

Scott Westerfeld: both a steampunk series and the dystopian Uglies series

Megan Whalen Turner: adventure, fantasy

Cassandra Clare: fantasy, Mortal Instruments series

Libba Bray: both historical and contemporary (and very quirky) books

Malinda Lo: fairy tale retelling & fantasy

Sarah Dessen: stories that will tug at your emotions

Eoin Colfer: the Artemis Fowl series

John Green: contemporary fiction, well-drawn characters

M.T. Anderson: historical fiction

Gary Schmidt: historical fiction with humor

Others to try: Siobhan Dowd, Francisco Stork, Pete Hautman, David Levithan

Who are your favorite teen authors adults also love?

Comments

I just finished Anne of Green Gables - very fun.

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