If you’re shopping for the YA lover in your life (or if you’re a YA lover yourself!), It’s time to look beyond the adventures of Katniss Everdeen. YA has only gotten more popular in the years since the Hunger Games came out in 2008. The blockbuster adaptations of novels and self-contained series like The Fault in Our Stars, The Maze Runner, and The Divergent have already made YA even familiar to Who did not pick up a book written for teenagers since they were a teenager themselves. But just because the box office is dominated by dystopian landscapes and John Green does not mean that’s all YA has to offer.
Recent titles destined to become classics represent all subgenres. There is everything from historical fiction to magical realism and literary fiction. Here are some recent titles from YA that should be on top of your must read stack. And feel free to ask anyone who tries to tease you by reading “children’s books”, how often they saw Toy Story 3. Anyone and everyone can enjoy YA.