There’s nothing like escaping into a good book when you want time away from the real world. Whether you’re a fan of wild adventures or you’re just pining for some romance, there’s a story for everyone out there. Amazing what you can create when you just string a bunch of words together, huh? If you’re a young adult looking for a bit of company after class, there are plenty of great titles to choose from. These are just a few of the best.
The Fault in our Stars
Make sure you’ve got tissues at the ready if you’re going to pick up this book. John Green has become one of the most revered young adult authors out there, and he puts a lot of thought into everything he writes. Unfortunately, that means he knows how to ensure his readers finish his stories with tears in their eyes. The Fault in our Stars is Green’s most heartbreaking tale to date, but if you want a beautiful romance mixed with teen angst, then this is the way to go. The ongoing battle between strength and fragility in this novel is particularly groundbreaking.
The Lightning Thief
With Harry Potter being the huge success it was, authors knew the fantasy genre was the way forward. That’s why Rick Riordan brought out The Lightning Thief, the first of a five-part series following demigod Percy Jackson. The whole collection of books is worth a read as the protagonist discovers he’s the son of Poseidon and attempt to save the world. Much like Harry Potter, it follows one character’s quest for glory as they try to balance being the hero with maintaining friendships and surviving adolescence. However, the thing that makes this series really stand out is its roots in Greek mythology. If that’s a subject you’re interested in, Rick Riordan is here to teach you everything you want to know.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
It was one of the biggest films to hit Netflix last year, but before it was a movie, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was actually a popular young adult novel. Fans of the romance genre are hardly starved for choice, but this book’s intriguing premise ensures it holds its own against the other titles out there. That’s why it spent 40 weeks on The New York Times Best Seller list after its release. Anyone who’s ever been confused about their feelings of love and has been inspired to put pen to paper will surely relate to this story.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
A lot of young adult novels try to broach more sensitive topics because teenage audiences typically have curious minds. That’s why Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower talks about all kinds of adult themes, including substance use, mental health, and orientation. These are things that many adolescents have experience with or questions about, and Chbosky combines them all into a gripping story about a teen just trying to fit in at school. It’s highly likely you’ll find a character in this novel that you can relate to.
If you need something to read, these books ought to keep you entertained for a while.