I love a good young adult book and I always have. I’m not too old, right? I’m only 26! Who cares anyways? I will never stop! You can’t make me!! Anyways… back to it. I started reading more when I was in high school and naturally this is where I started. (Also with twilight but that will be a different blog post!). Needless to say, I fell in love with books and reading, and these are my top 5 young adult and new adult books (for now hah!).
1. Confess by Colleen Hoover
I remember reading confess a few years ago while sitting on the beach in Italy. It had my crying within the first few pages and had me bawling by the end (luckily back in the comfort of my hotel room!). I’ve always thought Colleen has the most original stories. They always catch me off guard – and I love it!
Confess is about a young girl, Auburn, wanting to start a new and better life after having a rough start. Read about her story and connection with both Adam and Owen, look at the beautiful art inside, be mesmerized and fall in love with the book like I did.
Side note: Auburn was a little bland to me, but the book was so great that it was easy to overlook it and enjoy the amazing story!
2. Ugly love
As you could probably tell by now I’m a big Colleen Hoover fan and there is no denying it! I could have just written a post about all of her books actually but hey! Maybe another time.
Ugly Love is about Tate and Miles. It’s not love at first sight, not even friendship at first sight, but they end up giving in to the strong attraction between the two of them, and they end up in a no strings attached relationship with casual sex. But as it’s so perfectly explained in the description; “hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. Love gets ugly”.
My heart was one of the broken ones. Beautifully written with another original story from Colleen! A must read for YA and new adult fans!
This book is amazing. It brings up a lot of topics that are relevant in our modern society, which is always a plus in my book (no pun intended). I think it’s easy to find something to relate to for everyone!
It’s not like I could relate to being a fourteen-year-old kid in boarding school (introducing Ryan Dean West), but like I said, there is always something! And also, Winger is very cute, so what more do you really need?
Ryan Dean West is attending a boarding school for rich kids and is madly in love with his best friend Annie. Hilarious things happen and heartbreaking things happen in this depiction of his life at school. I laughed and I cried. Please read it (And the sequel; Stand-Off!! Side note: you’re gonna want to buy both because of the ending in book one. Just saying!)
4. Maybe Someday
Sydney is living the perfect life with the perfect boyfriend, until she one day finds out that her boyfriend is cheating on her. Sydney is getting more and more curious about the music and the guy playing the music on the balcony across from hers. Dot dot dot!
This story leaves you emotionally damaged. It starts out with a heartbreak, drags your heart through the dirt and leaves your heart a bit beaten but also a little hopeful. At least it did mine.
If you don’t like reading painful stories about adultery and cheating, this is not the book for you. But, if you’re okay with it being the theme and you can overlook it for a great story with a lot of curveballs, please try it!
I don’t want to say too much about this book because i want you to experience all the curve balls. But I will say that this was the first book I read from Colleen Hoover, and that it simultaneously destroyed me and made me want more! Masochistic much?
5. Eleanor & Park
Eleanor & Park is such a cute and heartbreaking story about two young misfits with very different backgrounds and one extraordinary big love. Even though they know love stories almost never last, they try their hardest.
You don’t want to miss this original love story about Eleanor and Park! The story is heartbreaking and real, and it shows how tough life can really be. I think that is very important for young people; to read something and recognize themselves or to read and get a different perspective on life.
I believe books are helping people grow to be better people, and I think it is happening all around the world. It includes me, and I think we’re all better for it. So let’s all grab a snack, grab our books and expand our minds. Too cheesy? Yeah well that’s me for ya!