As usual, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the fantastic blog The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic was a fill in the blank “Top Ten Books If You Like ____.” Personally I love to read YA that focuses on older teens, struggling with issues such as college, relationships, jobs, etc. that are problems that are very real for young adults but generally get ignored in favor of the high school age range in YA fiction. A lot of these themes I have yet to encounter in the New Adult genre, so I try to find YA novels that focus on the 18-early 20s age range whenever I can. Therefore, I decided to list my picks for Top Ten Books If You Like Older Skewing YA.
1) Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas- This book has everything you want from a spring break thriller: murder, jealousy, partying, muddled motives and crazy twists. Haas really pushes the boundaries and includes a lot of more taboo YA topics and weaves them together in this disturbing tale, and it’s fantastic! Read my review here.
2) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell- This novel focuses heavily on the freshman college experience, from the ordinary to exciting aspects. Such a well written book representing an under-written time frame in YA! Read my review here.
3) Just One Day by Gayle Forman- Also focusing on going to college, it explores the emotional toll of one’s first adult relationship, intimacy and all. Read my review here.
4) I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios– Exploring post-high school and before college life for Skylar and Josh, this book doesn’t censor much and is bracingly realistic in its representations of poverty and the military/veteran experience. Read my review here.
5) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor- The writing in this series is so sophisticated and Karou has the spirit of a truly old soul. Read my review here.
6) Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout- I’ve seen this series marketed as “Upper YA” and it definitely contains more mature themes. The series is action packed and sexy. Read my review here.
7) The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore- Another series that focuses on college age kids combined with a chilling ghost story that leaves out any high school drama.
8) Trouble by Non Pratt- Focusing on teen pregnancy while not turning into an “issue” book, this story is raw and emotional and the most non-preachy book regarding teen pregnancy that I’ve come across. Read my review here.
9) Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge- This dark fairytale retelling will definitely appeal to older YA readers with it’s complex plot, flawed characters, and a focus on the marriage between Nyx and Ignifex. Read my review here.
10) I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson- While still focusing on high-school aged characters, Nelson’s beautiful prose tackles tough topics, from sexuality to dysfunctional families to adultery and consent. Read my review here.
What inspired your TTT list today? Link me up in the comments and I’ll stop by!