The semester is going by quicker than we think! Spring break is upon us!
Now I’m sure most of you would rather not be reading on vacation, but here me out. Reading is good for you. It keeps your brain healthy. It also gives you an opportunity to broaden your perspective.
This is why I enjoy reading Young Adult novels in my free time. They’re relatively short and easy to read. May I also mention that a majority of popular film franchises came from young adult novels (Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games)?
Here are 5 of my favorite YA novels that I encourage you to read over spring break:
1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
I picked this book up because I thought the cover looked interesting, and it showcased four different awards it won. I was not disappointed at all.
Ari and Dante are two completely different people who meet one summer and create a powerful friendship that defies all odds. And that’s all that I will tell you because I feel that you should read it yourself to find out what happens. It’s that special.
I will tell you that the audiobook version of this novel is read by none other than my boy, Lin-Manuel Miranda. If you don’t want to read the book, at least listen to the audiobook!
2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story
Craig is a teenager and suffers from depression. Craig can’t take it anymore, so he decides to kill himself. At the last moment, he chooses to call a suicidal hotline and soon finds himself in a hospital ward for the mentally ill. There he learns about his depression and himself as he makes new friends within the ward.
This novel may be a bit depressing for a beach read, but I promise it’s worth your time. I learned so much about how my friends deal with depression and what may go in their heads. May I add that this novel was turned into a movie starring Emma Roberts and Zach Galifianakis?
3. Looking for Alaska
So I had to add at least one of John Green’s books because I feel he is one of the best YA novelists of our time. Although I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars, and it was the first novel I read of his, I love Looking for Alaska a little bit more.
Miles Halter goes to boarding school and meets Alaska Young, a crazy wonderful girl who steals his heart quite immediately. The book is divided into Before and After. And let me tell you, Mr. Green builds the novel up to the point where when I finally got into the After, I was sobbing. It’s a good cry just like TFIOS, but a little less depressing.
This is also a novel that has yet to have a film for it, but perhaps one day within my lifetime I will see the movie for it!
4. Perks of Being a Wallflower
The novel is set up like letters. We don’t know why the main character Charlie is writing the letters nor do we know who he is writing them for, but we do get an inside peek into his life. Charlie is just a freshman boy trying to survive high school. He has a past he’s trying to forget, and a future he does not want to let go of.
It’s another good cry, but this one will leave you filled with hope and wishing to fill just as infinite as Charlie felt.
5. 13 Reasons Why
This one is another depressing novel, but here me out. The reason I included this novel is because it’s being turned into a series on Netflix produced by Selena Gomez. I encourage you to read the novel before the series because A) that’s how you should approach life, and B) it’s a really thrilling read.
Clay Jensen receives tapes that Hannah Baker made. The only problem is that Hannah Baker is dead. She killed herself. Clay doesn’t want to listen to the tapes, but he’s compelled to do so. Soon he learns the 13 reasons why Hannah killed herself.