Ten YA Books That Lived Up To The Hype

It`s not easy reading YA. Nowadays most YA books are filled with the same tropes, and romances tend to be the main focus, rather than the plot. But not all of these novels are bad. Or to be more accurate, there are no terrible books, just different tastes in reading. For instance: I will never love Cassandra Clare`s books, no matter how hard I try. I like the Shadowhunters world but dislike her characters. On the other hand, though, I`ll probably adore everything Leigh Bardugo brings out. And I`m not saying that one author is better than the other. I just tend to like Bardugo`s writing more. With that in mind, here are 10 YA books that ticked all the boxes when it comes to my reading taste.

1/2. "Six of Crows" and "Crooked Kingdom" by Leigh Bardugo
Let`s start with the obvious, the duology I can`t stop talking about. Although I love the Grisha trilogy, I was disappointed with the ending. "Siege and Storm" remains my favourite sequel of all time, but sadly, "Ruin and Rising" was a 3-star read. However, both "Six of Crows" and "Crooked Kingdom" received standing ovations and solid 5 stars. I adored the characters, the romances, the world. I am not going to go into too many details here, but I do have reviews for both of these books if you want to know more.

3. "The Fault In Our Stars" by John Green
Whilst I can`t get into John Green`s other books, this book is still my number one YA contemporary. Yes, it`s a bit corny, and the characters might not speak like teenagers. But it made me feel so many things when I was reading it. And I was in my mid-20s when I read it, so I wasn`t that impressionable. But it made an everlasting impression, and it will forever hold a special place in my heart.

One of the most beautifully written YA contemporary out there! The author has such a lyrical writing style, and every sentence is full of meaning. In case you haven`t read it yet, it`s an LGBTQ+ book that focuses on the blooming romance between 16-year-old Ari and his best friend, Dante. Ari is a troubled kid, that likes to keep everything bottled up. Dante, on the other hand, is sweet and wears his heart on the sleeve. In true "opposites attract" manner, their friendship develops into something more, and it`s such a sweet story. Also, the parents in this book are so supportive and involved in their kids' lives, it`s a breath of fresh air. (cause in most books parents tend to be M.I.A)

5. "History Is All You Left Me" by Adam Silvera
Although I haven`t met him, Adam Silvera is one of my favourite people in the world. His twitter is amazing, and in general, he looks like a pretty chill dude. And he writes the most heartbreaking books, which is always a plus in my book, cause I like pain. OK, not physical, but emotional. I mean, fictional emotional; you get what I mean. "History Is All You Left Me" is a tearjerking novel about loss and grief, and what comes after you lose the person you loved most in the world. It`s also an accurate representation of mental illness, as Adam himself struggles with OCD. 

6. "Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda" by Becky Albertalli
Contemporary is on a roll today! There was quite the buzz when this book came out and for good reasons. It`s a feel good book, that makes you want to hug everyone and bake cookies. Simon and Blue`s relationship is so genuine, I loved every aspect of it.

7. "Daughter of Smoke and Bone" by Laini Taylor
This book was probably my favourite read of 2017, for several reasons. First, Prague was such a magical setting. Second, Karou was an amazing heroine. Third, the plot was very original, despite some predictable twists at the end. Also, Laini`s writing is absolutely marvellous.

8.  "The Gentleman`s Guide to Vice and Virtue" by Mackenzi Lee
What a ride! This book is such a fun historical fiction, that will take you on a wild ride across Europe. The main character, Monty, is a bit of a prick, but I loved his witty remarks. Percy, his best friend, is the sweetest, and his sister Felicity is such a badass for that period. However, although the book is filled with hilarious situations and delicious banter, it also deals with serious topics like racism, mental illness and abuse.

9. "Eleanor and Park" by Rainbow Rowell
Lately, there is a bit of controversy surrounding this book, but I wasn`t aware of that when I first read it. For me, it was a sweet story about first love, and I adored the nostalgia it gave me. Eleanor and Park are both a bit awkward, which is what made their interactions so enjoyable.

10. "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
Another hyped book, but hey, this is what this post is about. Like TFIOS, I was in my late 20s when I read this book, but it captured so many things that I used to feel when I was young. I`m an introvert, so I always like to observe the world from a distance. 

And that`s all folks. Although I prefer fantasy nowadays, I realise that most of the books on my list are contemporary. The funny thing is that I`m OK with romance in contemporaries, but it annoys me so much in fantasy. I want interesting characters and world building, not Mary Sues that fall in love with the first bad boy they see. Anyways, here`s hoping that the next YA fantasy books that I read will do better. Let me know in the comments if any of these books were on your list.

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  1. I'm planning on reading Six of Crows this year - I'm a little nervous, because it's so beloved and I have a tendency to dislike hyped books!

    1. I still think you`ll like "Six of Crows". Even Goodreads reviewers that hate YA loved that duology.

  2. I've only read 2 and 10, after all the hype, and I also really liked them :)
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    1. They`re both amazing books, deserving all the love in the world.

  3. Gentleman's Guide was a book I picked up on a whim purely because of all the hype surrounding it. I didn't even know what it was about when I checked it out of the library, but I adored it!

    1. It`s amazing. I can`t wait for the sequel to come out.

  4. I'm reading Crooked Kingdom right now and I'm loving it! :)

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  5. I don’t like Cassandra Clare, either. I’m glad I’m not alone. I agree with all of the books on your list, except Six of Crows because I haven’t read that one yet.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  6. A great list of YA. Especially loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone. You are so right about people’s taste. We all react to characters and plot based upon our own life experiences. Awesome post! ♥️