With a little helping hand from recent TV and film adaptations including Malorie Blackman’s Noughts and Crosses and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, books written with teenagers in mind, Young Adult (YA) Fiction as it’s often termed, has kept its crown as one of the most popular literary genres of the decade.
Famed for creating cult classics, love them or hate them books written for teenagers certainly have pulling power – who can forget the vampire romances that burst onto the scene in the early 2000’s under the influence of the Twilight novels.
The genre might be precursed by the word young, but ever since Bloomsbury issued adult covers for the Harry Potter books to ensure they could be read on the commute, the lines between children’s, YA and adult books have blurred. Such has been the popularity of these books amongst readers of all ages that many bookshops have taken to doubling up; stocking many YA books in both the children’s and adults sections to meet demand.
Although ever popular with adults, YA fiction aimed at teens is still a genre in its own right. Teenagers need to see their experiences and a reflection of themselves and their feelings in novels. It helps them to make sense of the world around them, to process information, to learn empathy, to grow their vocabulary and to shut down from technology – even just for a short while. In the time of pandemic that we’re living through young people need that escape more than ever.
We’ve put together a list of some of our favourite YA books that you can get your hands on today to keep your teens entertained over this long stay indoors.
Should your teens be reluctant readers we’ve thought of you in our choices too, and we would thoroughly recommend trying audiobooks, they’re perfect to listen to around the house, on the robot assistant in their bedroom and eventually once life gets back to normal on the walk to and from school.
So from mysterious thrillers to cultural statements and the creative world of dystopian futures, we’ve found engaging stories to share with you.