I love young adult literature. I lead a busy life – often, a stressful one – and sometimes, a bit fluffy, light, lovely YA is just what the doctor ordered when I crawl into bed at night. Here are a few of my favourites; the perfect accompaniments to a cup of tea and some comfy slippers.
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
I read this book towards the end of last year; it was funny, honest, and I always looked forward to picking it up. Caitlin tackles class, sex, family, but never takes any of it too seriously – this is a book that will definitely make you laugh out loud. The protagonist, Johanna, is a bold, brash, naive teenager, but she struggles with life as much as any seventeen year old does. She sort of fumbles through this book trying to figure out how to be a person, and she makes some catastrophic mistakes – but comes out all the stronger for them. I’d give this one a bit of a content warning (inappropriate sex, self harm), but if you’re able to look at these things a bit satirically, you’ll have a grand time.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
This is a little slip of a book – it’s perfect for a holiday read; lightweight, almost in real time, and you could probably finish it over the course of a single flight or car journey. It’s never too deep, but its never vapid, either, and keeps a lovely balance between sunshine and sadness. The story follows Hadley, and her journey to the UK for her Dad’s wedding – on the plane, she meets Oliver, and well, it’s probably not too difficult to figure out the rest. It’s the writing that’s the endearing thing with this one – everything is phrased so gorgeously you’ll almost forget you’re reading a silly romance novel about a pair of mismatched teens. Although, sometimes I think mismatched teens make for the perfect love story.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
If you’ve never heard of Rainbow Rowell, I think you might have been living under a rock. She’s a clear, clever, funny author of both YA and adult books, and this one might be my favourite of hers. Fangirl is about Cath, a college freshman who is introverted as hell, and seriously anxious about this new chapter in her life. I had similar struggles in my first year of uni, and I think that’s why this book resonated so much with me: every character in it was so recognisable. As a result, you care about all of them, and the narrative just flows. If you love fandom/fanfiction, are a sucker for a bit of romance, and love getting attached to literary characters, Fangirl is definitely for you.
And those are a few quick, lovely books; they’d be great for over the Easter hols. If you want a more up to date look at what I’m reading, feel free to add me on goodreads – and let me know what other genres you’d like recommendations from!