As I never actually stopped reading Young Adult books, people seem to ask me for recommendations before they try their hand at YA fiction. It’s one of my all-time favourite writerly questions. (Only second to, ‘How do you become so awesome, Kathleen?’…Fine, no one’s ever asked that but they all want to…guys? uh, guys?)

Here are a few reading suggestions, if you’re considering writing for young adults.

1. Hunger Games (trilogy) by Suzanne Collins
2. The Recruit (series) by Rob Muchamore
3. Holes by Louis Sachar
4. Stormbreaker (series) by Anthony Horowitz
5. Wolf Brother (series) by Michelle Paver

Speculative Fiction
1. Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief (series) by Rick Riordan
2. Mister Monday (series) by Garth Nix
3. Uglies (trilogy) by Scott Westerfeld
4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth (sequel to follow) by Carrie Ryan
5. Skullduggery Pleasant (series) by Derek Landy

Relationships/Urban Contemporary
1. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
2. Before I die by Jenny Downham
3. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
4. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime by Mark Haddon
5. Brown Skin Blue by Belinda Jeffrey

I’ve limited the suggestions to five in each category, only including books I’ve finished reading and had an emotional response to. Each title with ‘trilogy’ or ‘series’ beside it means that I’ve listed the first book so you can start at the beginning of the story. (Don’t get me started about people who read a series out of order…grrrr!)

If you have any suggestions to add, please post a comment with the title, author and genre so I can put it on my reading list.


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