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Three Young Adult Books I wish I had read sooner!

Books | Adult | 18th February 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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The books we read in our teenage always have a reserved place in our hearts.

The school makes us read Great Expectations, Three Men in A Boat but chances are that many of the books you’ll keep closest to your heart are the teenage books you read. Young adults or popularly known as YA easily win the title of the most sought-after genre for teens. For those who want to get a fair idea on it; Young Adult is a genre of books where the protagonist and most of the other characters are in teenage and the whole story revolves around the struggles of youth.


That adrenaline rushes we feel while reading about someone who doesn’t even exist in our reality, the hangover of a character and all those emotions we go through while reading this genre is worthwhile. Here go my three recommendations for you in the YA genre:


1. LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

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“If people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane”

-Miles Halter, Looking for Alaska


That quote must have sent chills down your spine. Maybe reminded you of someone! If not yet, just give it a read. Engaging, emotional, relatable and whatnot.

It's a story of a group of fun-loving, rule-breaking teens who are rocked by a tragedy and must process the grief and loss. There's a bit of adult content (A disclaimer), drinking etc. but mention not, nothing is glamorized as such, It all illuminates character and theme. This award-winning book is considered a modern classic and is already on many teens’ reading lists. Undoubtedly screwed up yet beautiful.


2. ELEANOR AND PARK by Rainbow Rowell

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“She never looked nice.

She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice;

It was supposed to make you feel something”

-Park, Eleanor and Park


A gripping story in an old-school way! Set in a school in 1986, the story revolves around two completely misfits in the school: Park, a half-Korean comic book lover, who is still blurred about his life and Eleanor, the new girl in town, struggling with bad home life. Their lives take a major when turnaround when Park starts sharing his music tapes with Eleanor on their common school bus. They develop a bonding through music but challenges await them to take things beyond just a bonding.


3. THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky

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“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and still trying to figure out how that could be”

-Perks Of Being a Wallflower


Trust me, this book is an all-in-one ticket to all the roller coaster rides that we experience in high school. Those first dates, new friends, hitting hard by puberty is what makes high school memorable. More intimate and cosy than one’s personal diary, Charlie’s letter is particularly unique and devastating. He doesn’t address someone through his letter as all that he wanted was to share. Stephen Chbosky has been successful in touching the right chord of the reader’s hearts by touching upon their most memorable moments.


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