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When I was a young adult, I mostly read books that were too old for me. I didn’t read any young adult books, maybe because I was in a hurry to grow up. But after I turned 30, somehow YA became my favorite genre. I still read plenty of other things, including steamy romances, historical fiction, chick lit, and women’s fiction. But when I’m in a reading slump, and nothing sounds good, I always reach for YA.
Most young adult books are easy to read, light, and fluffy. But some really make you feel something, and they stay with you longer than the others. These are the ones that I read again, the ones that I still think about, and wonder how the character’s lives ended up.
This book has many of my favorite elements: a high school setting (this one is a boarding school in Paris!), a nerdy girl, and an unconventional cute boy (with a British accent!). Anna is spending her senior year at a Parisian boarding school, and is missing her new boyfriend and best friend back home in Atlanta. She struggles with the language, the city, and being the new girl as a senior. She meets a fun group and quickly becomes friends with them all, but becomes closest to Étienne St. Clair, the cute British boy. It’s a romantic, funny book that sticks with me, and I reread it at least once a year. There’s also a companion book that is just as sweet: Lola and The Boy Next Door. (This one is set in San Francisco, one of my favorite cities to visit!)
The Beginning of Everything
I love this book, mostly for the smart, witty kids in it. (If you’re a fan of John Green, you’ll love Robyn Schneider!) Ezra has fallen from “Tier One” of the social ladder at school and ended up in the debate team with his former best friend and the new girl. It is a coming-of age story, that is more about finding yourself, with a bit of romance sprinkled in.
This book is actually a follow up to another great YA book- Letters to the Lost. But this one hit my heart just a little more. It tells the intertwined story of Rev and Emma; Rev, who is adopted, hides behinds hoodies, martial arts, and has a horrific abusive past. Emma is a gamer, feels alone at home, pressure from mom to be more than a coder, feels distanced from family and her best friend. After a chance meeting, they start secretly meeting up, and feel a connection to each other. This is a beautiful and heartbreaking story that you’ll devour quickly.
Give young adult books a chance if you haven’t tried them. And if you have, let me know your favorites so I can add them to my list! For more reading updates, follow me on IG!
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