5 YA Books That Are Great Reads For Adults

There’s no shame in enjoying lit for teens

An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
22 Apr 2016

An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir

Written by a former Washington Post editor, this fantasy novel instantly made the New York Times’ bestseller list when it was released last year. The story is about a girl living in an ancient world, who goes undercover as a slave in order to fight for freedom against a martial empire. Sounds like a Hunger Games-type movie series in the making? The film rights have already been acquired by Paramount, while the book’s sequel is slated for release this August.

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
22 Apr 2016

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs

The perfect read if, growing up, you were somewhat of a peculiar child, and for fans of Tim Burton, who directed the movie that’s based on this book. Eva Green stars as the titular governess, the protector of a group of children with freakish gifts — they levitate, are invisible and one even has a swarm of bees living inside him. Read the book ahead of the movie's release later this year. 

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
22 Apr 2016

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Everyone knows John Green for Paper Towns, and if you liked the story, you should pick up his very first novel. This is essentially a coming-of-age story about a high-school boy who sets off for boarding school in search of excitement. He finds it and along with it, a whole lot of life lessons. Yes, it's a teen romance but with plenty of emotional honesty and Green’s trademark wit thrown in.

Henry Tumour, by Anthony McGowan
22 Apr 2016

Henry Tumour, by Anthony McGowan

This book manages what seems difficult — a light-hearted take on a grim subject for young people (and older generations as well). Hector Brunty is a teen who has a “talking” brain tumour that advises him on haircuts, high fashion and tactics for snogging girls in school. Be prepared to laugh a lot — something we’d never thought a book about cancer would make us do.

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey
22 Apr 2016

The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey

The movie, starring Chloë Moretz, might have gotten dismal reviews, but the book is still going strong and currently No. 1 on the New York Times’ Young Adult Paperback bestseller list. The story is about a dystopian world invaded by aliens and how the protagonist, Cassie Sullivan, fights to survive amidst the chaos. The sequel is already published, while the final and third book in the series will be released this May.

It’s not news that many adults are hooked (secretly or not) on YA books. No surprise there, since all the excitement seems to be found in the Young Adult genre.

We already know that teen reads make fab material for movies and that’s exactly why they are also a great source for some entertaining weekend reading. Click through above for five top picks to put on your to-read list.

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