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Bookly Recommends {YA}

Maybe you’ve already read Ender’s Game. Maybe you want to wait and read Ender’s Game later this month. Whatever your reason, we’ve got you covered with more {School’s Out} recommendations to get you through May and June.

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling: Does this actually need an explanation? Read the books!

hunger_games_trilogyThe Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: If you haven’t read these books yet, you need to! They’re fast, action-packed, and thought provoking. And who doesn’t love a powerful and strong female lead?

Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer: If you’re as into YA novels as we are, you’ve also probably already read this series. If you haven’t, it’s worth a read. These books have been very hyped and highly criticized since their release, and we aren’t here to take sides. Give them a read and decide for yourself.

Screen Shot 2015-05-10 at 4.01.42 PMThe Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore: The first book in the series, I Am Number Four, was made into a movie a few years ago. Rest assured, the books are SO much better. If you start now, you’ll definitely be done in time to read the sixth book when it’s released in September.

The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth: A great story about love, strength, family, and identity wrapped up in a larger mystery… what lies beyond the gates? This is another great YA series, and there’s still time to catch-up before the third movie comes out.

Wonder-1Wonder by R.J. Palacio: This is the story of August, a fifth-grade boy born with severe facial deformities, and his first year in school. August, his sister, and a few friends serve as narrators in this beautiful, heartwarming novel about acceptance, love, and friendship.

Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie: It’s a dystopian future in Ally Condie’s trilogy (WHAT? Dystopian YA novels?), and main character Cassia is learning the truth about her society. If the premise sounds familiar, it should. These books may not be the next Hunger Games, but they are entertaining and present a bit of a different twist than what we’ve seen in HG and Divergent.

UBB-TheRealRealbyEmmaMclaughlinNicolaKraus-195x295The Real Real by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus: A stand-alone novel from the authors of The Nanny Diaries, this book is like a behind-the-scenes, novel-ified version of “Laguna Beach.” An under-the-radar high school girl is chosen to be on a documentary about her high school and drama unfolds! It’s a perfect beach read for the beginning of summer.

81cJChEQjSLThe Giver by Lois Lowry: One of the original dystopian (utopian?) young adult fiction novels, The Giver introduced the reader to Jonas and the society in which he lives in the future. It’s a little bit 1984, a little bit Divergent, and a lot of amazing – there’s a reason it was recommended reading when we were in elementary school!

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book is everything you could want in a coming-of-age young adult book. It’s touching, it’s sad, it feels real, and it runs the gamut of emotional experiences. After you read the book, watch the movie and marvel at Logan Lerman’s portrayal of Charlie.


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith: Admittedly, it’s been awhile since any of us have read this book, but it holds a fond place in our hearts and memories. Another book from the required reading list, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the childhood and adolescence of Francie, a young girl living in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. The book touches on several important themes, provides a glimpse into life in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, and gives readers a heroine they can’t help but root for and relate to.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan: This is basically YYA, young young adult fiction. It’s an easy to read, adventurous story with ties to Greek mythology. Plus, reading about Percy and his friends will take you back to those awkward, but lovable, middle school days.

Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan: You finished the Percy Jackson series and want more? You’re in luck! Here’s a second series of the same ilk. This time with new characters and ties to Greek and Roman mythology.

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