List of the Week: YA For Non-YA Readers


The holidays are approaching. Some friends are easy to shop for, but maybe you know some reluctant or non-YA readers – friends who prefer fanfiction, parents who scoff at the idea of reading about teens – that you want to sucker into reading YA. Here are ten YA books that released this year perfect for conning those you know into reading YA.

Plus, you know, books make great gifts.

simon vs the homo sapiens agenda becky albertalliSimon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
For: Those who only read fanfiction
Not-so-openly gay Simon Spier finds himself blackmailed when an email falls into the wrong hands, compromising his privacy, and the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing.

six of crows leigh bardugoSix of Crows (Six of Crows #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
For: Those who won’t stop talking about “Game of Thrones”
Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction.

the last leaves falling sarah benwellThe Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
For: Those who love John Green
Japanese teenager, Sora, is diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). Lonely and isolated, Sora turns to the ancient wisdom of the samurai for guidance and comfort.

the walls around us nova ren sumaThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Publisher: Algonquin Books
For: Those who read literary fiction
On the outside, there’s Violet, a dancer days away from the life of her dreams. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber. She can’t imagine freedom.

under a painted sky stacey leeUnder a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
For: Those who love history
Missouri, 1849: Two girls forge a powerful bond as they travel disguised as boys, each searching for a link to their past, and struggling to avoid any unwanted attention law closes in on them.

illuminae amie kaufman jay kristoffIlluminae (Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
For: “Star Wars,” “Star Trek” & sci-fi fans
Exes Kady and Ezra find themselves working together when their planet gets invaded. They’re forced onto two separate spaceships, whose crews are hiding secrets from those on board – secrets they’re determined to uncover.

what we left behind robin talleyWhat We Left Behind by Robin Talley
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
For: Those who love new adult fiction
Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer, struggle to stay together during their first year in college, despite the rift caused by distance and Toni’s shifting gender identity.

dumplin julie murphyDumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
For: Those who love confident ladies
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. When she starts to doubt herself, she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant.

slasher girls and monster boys april genevieve tucholkeSlasher Girls and Monster Boys by April Genevieve Tucholke (ed.)
Publisher: Dial
For: Fans of horror, including “Hannibal” and “Slender”
A host of the smartest young adult authors come together in this collection of scary stories and psychological thrillers from bloody horror to supernatural creatures to all-too-possible realism.

crimson bound rosamund hodgeCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
For: Fan of Catherynne M. Valente and Donna Tartt
When the king orders Rachelle to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world.

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