7 Young Adult Books I’ve Loved Recently

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The second I admitted to myself that maybe I wasn’t as into young adult literature as I wanted to be, I unintentionally started reading even more of it than I usually do. Which is basically how my reading moods go.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. I’d heard quite a bit about this book, and decided to pick it up on a whim, and I was kind of amazed by it. I haven’t read a lot of YA (or books in general, really) that deal with the effects of rape, and I thought this book was exciting and impactful in all the right ways.

Mad Miss Mimic by Sarah Henstra. This was a total cover buy, but it ended up being really great. Yes, it was cheesy and a bit predictable, but somehow it worked, and I had a lot of fun reading it.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. This book is fantastic! If you haven’t read it yet, please do. It was so, so fun, while also dealing with real issues. I am very much looking forward to the second book in the series.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. After reading The Female of the Species, I decided it was time to pick up the Mindy McGinnis book that has been sitting on my shelf  for a while, and this was so good! It was exactly what I was in the mood for a the time, and it was just a really interesting, unique read. If this book got a sequel, I definitely wouldn’t be upset about it.

On the Spectrum by Jennifer Gold. Not only was this a fun romp around Paris, it also deals with autism, eating disorders, and toxic family members in such a great way. I enjoyed reading this book, and I think it is an important addition to the YA genre.

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab. It shouldn’t be a surprise that I loved this book. It’s V. E. Schwab, I love everything she writes. This book was heartbreaking, but brilliant.

Jackaby by William Ritter. This is the book I most recently picked up on a whim, and I’m already in the middle of the third book in the series, if that tells you anything. And it’s only been about a week. It’s just a fun read, and I completely fell in love with the characters.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Are there any other books you think I might like? Let me know in the comments!

24 thoughts on “7 Young Adult Books I’ve Loved Recently

  1. I’m sure I’ve said this a billion times but YES to Gentleman’s Guide, thank you for mentioning it because it was the final straw for me to pick it up and I’m SO glad I did. I also finally caved and ordered myself a copy of Jackaby because I can’t resist giving it a go after your continuing praise for it. I hope I like it; I have zero expectations going into it so I should be all set. 🙂

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    1. Thanks! I’m so glad you loved Gentlemen’s Guide. It is such a good book! I just picked up Mackenzi Lee’s other novel (This Monstrous Thing), and I’ll be sure to share when I read it. I hope you enjoy Jackaby! If you like Sherlock and Fantastic Beasts, I think you will. Its weird, but really fun.

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    1. Yes! I don’t read a lot of YA, either, and I’m very picky about them when I do. I have been reading more of it than usual, but I really enjoyed all of these. I’d suggest going with either A Madness so Discreet or Jackaby, since they feel a bit more like adult novels than the others. Hope you enjoy them!

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  2. Definitely adding The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis to my reading list! Have you ever read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson? It’s one of my favorite YA reads of all time and it sounds like it deals with similar themes.

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  3. Our dark Duet truly had me hear-broken but if that isn’t the beauty behind the way V.E.Schwab writes I don’t know what is, well that’s a lie there are plenty of other amazing attributes but that is for turn of phrase. That Duo logy really is quite tragic in a magical way.

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