YA (Young Adult) fiction has really taken off over the last few years: it’s one of the most widely read fiction subgenres. In this “Hailey in Bookland” video, YouTuber Hailey recommends a series of top notch YA Love Stories. You may have read some of the dystopian YA series’, such as The Hunger Games or the Divergent series. So why not try some contemporary YA? Escape into these three wonderful, heartbreaking, and inspiring Young Adult Love stories.
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR
This #1 New York Times bestselling book is a National Book Award Finalist, as well as a 2017 Michael L. Printz Honor Book. It has garnered a lot of attention over the last few months, and rightly so: The Sun is also a Star is an extraordinary story about two teenagers who meet and fall in love over the course of one epic day in New York City. The story is told from duel first person points of view, with omniscient third person chapters interspersed throughout, from the perspective of The Universe at large. It is a beautiful romance, an inventive structure, and has only been out since November of 2016. Author Nicola Yoon has really done it right with this lovely book.
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
This wildly popular book – which was made into a smash hit feature film – hit the top of tons of bestseller lists, like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. Written by John Green, the story is about Hazel, a teenager with terminal cancer who, as a result, never lets herself get close to anyone. But that all changes when she meets Augustus Waters in a Cancer Support Group, and the pair embark on the first love of a lifetime.
ELEANOR & PARK
John Green reviewed this book, and here’s what he had to say: “Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.”
Rainbow Rowell’s New York Times bestseller is the story of Eleanor and Park, two misfits who make an unlikely couple over the course of one school year in 1986. It’s a beautiful, expertly paced young adult love story. Take a look at this brief excerpt:
Bono met his wife in high school, Park says. So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be, she says, we’re 16. What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead. I love you, Park says. Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers. I’m not kidding, he says. You should be.
If you are already reading YA, then it’s time to pick up one of these love stories; and if you aren’t, it’s time to start! Some of the most inventive writing is taking place in “kid’s books”. Don’t miss out on these exquisite stories.