As I was flipping through the news app on my phone this morning I came across an article about a poll being conducted by NPR to name the “Best-Ever Teen Novels”. I have been on a Young Adult book kick lately and just finished Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series (I loved it!) so I was interested to find out what people were voting for and if I could get any good ideas for what to dive into next.
There are so many amazing adult books out there I find I get out of touch with what the younger set is reading and with all of the amazing YA authors. To be considered a YA book the story must be written for teens between the ages of 12 and 18. In addition, the subject matter cannot be too racy or violent. About one third of the items on the list are series or trilogies. There are some classics on the list but the majority of the books are more recent. One of the most important factors in determining the list was if teens were given the book would they voluntarily read it.
If you are looking for something that will be a hit with your teenager, a gift for a teenager or if you are like me, just catching up on what’s going on, this list is a great place to start.
NPR runs book polls from time to time. You can check out some of their older lists on their website as well as some great book reviews and literary information.