Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling:
(These covers are awesome, right?)
Ya'll knew this was coming right? Of course Harry Potter is on my top 5 list of favorite young adult books (honestly its my number one on any list). If you haven't read Harry Potter (I actually have a friend that hasn't!!) then you are seriously missing out. Harry Potter is was my childhood. I anticipated every book (and movie), sobbed uncontrollably when
my friends characters died, and felt broken hearted after the last movie because I knew it was all over. I love Harry Potter for so many reasons - the characters and their friendships, the rivalry between good and evil, and of course the magic. Although I don't have time to keep up with it much, I have even joined J.K. Rowling's interactive Harry Potter website and I have been sorted into Slytherin. I am still waiting for an owl to deliver my letter...
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger:
I read this novel my freshman year of college in my first English Literature course. I instantly loved it. Although I loved the hate the main character, Holden Caulfield. He is whiny, mean, and annoying in so many ways. But during the novel you get to see spots of softness that make him a little lovable. Since the book was written in the 1950's, it is a different world than what I grew up in and I felt that I could barely relate to Holden. But Holden is supposed to represent what many teenagers and young adults were feeling and going through during that time. It is a great coming of age story.
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins:
The Hunger Games Series is awesome. It is set in a post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. Although many people think it is mainly a love-triangle story, I honestly believe it is so much more than that. When I first read the story, the love-triangle fell to the back burner for me since I focused more on the horrible situations that these character were faced with and what they did to change it. I cry every single time I read any of the three books because I love the characters so much. Katniss is a wonderful female character that teen girls should look up to and it many ways I wanted to be like her; to have her strength, courage and power. Mockingjay did not end the way I had hoped, but I also think that the ending is what makes this series truly post-apocalyptic. (by the way - I'm team Gale, if you were wondering)
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:
John Green is a great writer who has a wonderful ability to make you cry and laugh. I adore all of his books, but my favorite is this one. It is a classic story of a boy and girl falling in love with one exception - they both have cancer. Hazel Grace is another great female character and I am so glad I have had the chance to
meet her read about her. Her guilty pleasure is watching America's Next Top Model and she is incredibly passionate about her favorite book. What's not to love about her? Warning: when you read it, you will fall in love with Augustus Waters and there is nothing you can do about it
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky:
This is a perfect coming of age story. When you read it, you will instantly connect with Charlie and understand him. If you were a bit of an outcast in high school like me, you will relate to him and love him. The friends he makes in school are all great in their own ways. They are perfectly imperfect and you will love each and everyone of them.
This was very hard to narrow down since I have so many favorite young adult novels, but I believe that theses are my absolute favorites. Have you read them? What are your favorite books?