The 2016-2017 American school year has already started for most students in the USA. We at Hollywood News Source have stacked up with some of must read back to school YA novels. These stories tackle relevant teenage topics such as sexuality, dating, sex positivity, identity, privilege and more. Here are some of our favorites below:
This book is timeless and should be rendered as classic as it rightfully deserve. Josie’s road to self discovery has been a pure delight read. She’s a spitfire heroine who are not afraid to voice out her opinion. Looking for Alibrandi is funny, heart wrenching, with a healthy dose of family dynamics. Even though, it is set in 90’s Australia, the feminist message was very much relevant. I can’t recommend this enough.
I read Interim Goddess of Love trilogy in one sitting down. Esguerra nailed everything exquisitely. We have Hannah Maquiling who is a magnet of love problems. She has a knack of attracting anyone to spill their love problems to her. That’s because, The God of the Sun is grooming her to be the next Goddess of Love. It is a light, fun read that explores Tagalog mythology. Akin to reading Filipino fables, there are lessons you can always glean in this series.
This YA book is your standard high school formula. There’s a popular athlete who’s dating the most popular girl at school, pop culture nerd, and more. However, there’s a twist, this is a best friends to lovers story but with two boys. If you want an exploration of sexuality and relationship in a delightful manner, you should pick up Been Here All Along.
Also Recommended: Tell Me Again How A Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
If you love The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand, you might want to check out There Will Come a Time by Carrie Arcos. They both offer heart tugging perspectives about teenagers coping with grief. It is about acknowledgement, moving forward and living. The author also employed music, and lyrical poems – adding more complexity to the writing.
Told from the alternating point of view of three teenagers, Burn for Burn is your classic YA cult. It is Mean Girls meet Pretty Little Liars with its vengeful girls whose relationship was funded by a common distaste for their “enemy.”
Recommended: For fans of Sara Shepard.
If you’re looking for a sci-fi read with an old-school vibes, look no more! Adaptation might be the book for you. There’s alien, and exploration of sexuality and a tidbit of romance. Paranormal sensation, government cover-ups? This is pretty much created for X-Files fans.
The story follows Lucy, a young, intelligent teen who managed to score a scholarship to a prestigious school. The book explores her roots, how she’ll rise above the toxic environment of entitled kids.
Lucy and Linh have an Aussie flavor of storytelling with a realistic portrayal of privilege.
About the Author
Sue discovered the magical world filled with words at a young age. They have been her constant companion ever since. In addition to being a full time bookworm, and a dessert enthusiastic, she also runs the first fansite for Vampire Academy’s Lucy Fry called Lucy Fry Source. When she’s not tucked between the pages of her books, you can find her at her personal blog. You can also follow Sue on instagram and goodreads.