Young-Adult fiction, or YA fiction as it is popularly known these days, is probably the most sought after genre in present times. A plethora of YA novels are being released almost on a weekly basis. Here, we give you five of the best YA fiction novels that you simply must grab.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: Quite unlike the normal YA fiction out there these days, ‘Before I fall’ tells a splendid story with a non-realistic spin. The story revolves around a popular mean girl – Samantha Kingston – and her group of popular friends. One day, Samantha dies in a car crash on the eve of her school’s “Cupid Day” but strangely awakens to find that she is once again in the morning of the same day. For the next seven days, Samantha wakes up on the very same day and tries to understand the reason behind her death and the mystery of being given this second chance at life. Over the course of the next seven days, Samantha undergoes a great transformation and also realizes plenty of truths. Saying anything more would be giving spoilers of this wonderful story. A real page-turner with some heart-rending moments.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson: One of the most literary and imaginative YA novels currently, ‘I’ll Give You the Sun’ is a poetic novel about life and loss and love. The writing is expressive, imaginative and delightfully nuanced. The story is about twins Jude and Noah who are both artists. The book narrates the story from a dual POV from past to present; we get the read the perspective of 13-year-old Noah in the past, and 16-year-old Jude in the present. Both of them form friendships and other relationships and ultimately both their lives get intertwined. The story ties together in such a beautiful way and it has such a fantastic ending that you are likely to get a lump in your throat at the end. A rare touching gem which never gets corny, the book is a must grab.
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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas: A standout literary achievement in the contemporary YA fiction, ‘Because You’ll Never Meet Me’ weaves an endearing, moving, unique and exceptionally engaging story. This is a story of Ollie and Moritz; two boys who live far apart but yet form a unique bond of friendship. Ollie is allergic to electricity – even the slightest touch gives him seizures – and lives with his mother in the woods where there is no electricity. To help him cope with his loneliness, his doctor encourages him to write letters to Moritz, a German teenager who has a pacemaker and doesn’t have eyes. They both begin communicating through letters and hence form a delightful bond. This is a moving and heartbreaking story about friendship, love, and family and has some dark elements as well. In this age of fast-paced mysteries and thrillers, ‘Because You’’ Never Meet Me’ comes as a soothing balm.
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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This new book is being compared to ‘Eleanor & Park’ and ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and hence has caught many eyeballs. The story is about a girl learning to live from a boy who intends to die. Sound familiar? Perhaps. But the author tells it in such a lyrical way that you are submerged in these people’s lives. It all begins when Theodore Finch, who frustrated with his life, is about to commit suicide atop a ledge of a school tower. Here he meets Violet Markey who intends to end her life there as well. One wants to die out of grief, the other out of pain and in the midst of death, they connect. Both survive that day and then go on to form a strange bond. Their journey is unstable and yet charming. The book touches on several dark themes – death, depression, and suicide – and yet paints a picture of subtle love amid all the pain. An enthralling story that is sure to melt your heart.
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Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: A perfect spring/summer read, ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ is a book about friendship at its core. The story takes place over a summer break and gives you a lovely summer vibe throughout. Shy teenager Emily’s best friend Sloane suddenly moves and leaves no trace of where she can be found. She then receives an envelope addressed to her with a list inside; a list from Sloane of tasks that Emily needs to complete. These tasks are manifold: kiss a boy, steal something, go skinny dipping and many more. Emily begins to feel that the key to find her friend is in completing these tasks. Thus begins Emily’s journey of overcoming her shyness and completing the list. How she evolves in this self-journey and how she keeps remembering her friend forms the rest of the story. This is a book about taking your chances on friendship, about letting go and holding on, and also about shaping out your own path in life. A must-read book that will fill your heart with warmth.
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