Lunchtime is my time to sit and read at the counter. Although people think that's what I do all the time, there's so many other things that need to be done I have to limit my time actually reading in the shop. One of the best genres to read when you know you are going to be interrupted many times is Young Adult. When sitting, often giggling over my book, I have often been asked with a quizzical expression by customers, 'Did you choose to read this book, or are you just reading it because it's your job?'
The funny thing is the answer is yes to both questions.
I started working in a bookstore in my early twenties and was lucky enough to have access to some of the best young adult books coming out, so I never stopped reading kids books as I transitioned from a teenager into adult. Yes, it was a big part of my job – particularly when I became the kids buyer (fairly obviously). There have been some in more recent years that I have read and after discussing them with kids in the target age-group, I have realised that I am possibly getting too old for some of them. However there really are some amazing Young Adult books that transcend their audience and are more relevant than many people would think.
So with all that in mind, here's a life of Young Adult Books that have captured our attention in recent years…. If you're on top of everything and have read all these books – there's a link at the bottom to a list of the most anticipated releases for November this year.
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Leviathan
Wonder by J. Palacio
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Deadly Unna by Phillipe Gwyenne
Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Laurinda by Alice Pung
The Road to Winter by Mark Smith
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Daugher of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
Illuminae Files by Kaufmann & Kristoff
Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi