Top 10 Young Adult Books to Buy for Christmas

So it’s that time of the year again when everyone is expected to remember exactly what they have wanted the entire year, and, needless to say, everyone has forgotten. Look down my top 10 list of books to buy under the genre of “young adult” for Christmas. There’s sure to be one that is a hit!

1) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Plot: When fifteen-year old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder – much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing – not even a smear of blood – to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

My Rating: 10/10 stars (“fantasy”, “romance” and “young adult”)

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City of Bones (Mortal Instruments): 1

2) Divergent by Veronica Roth (read my review here)

Plot: In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue – Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

My Rating: 10/10 stars (“dystopian”, “thriller” and “young adult”)

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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy, Book 1)

3) Gone by Michael Grant (read my review here)

Plot: In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents – unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: On your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else…

My Rating: 9/10 stars (“dystopian”, “futuristic” and “young adult”)

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Gone (The Gone Series)

4) Slated by Teri Terry (read my review here)

Plot: Kyla’s memory has been erased, her personality wiped blank, her memories lost for ever. She’s been Slated. The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

My Rating: 9/10 stars (“futuristic”, “dystopian” and “young adult”)

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Slated: 1/3 (Slated Trilogy)

5) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Beck Albertalli (read my review here)

Plot: Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

My Rating: 10/10 stars (“realistic fiction”, “romance” and “young adult”)

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

6) The Manifesto on how to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

Plot: Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes. But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.

My Rating: 9.5/10 stars (“realistic fiction” and “young adult”)

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The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

7) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Plot: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

My Rating: 9/10 stars (“realistic fiction”, “romance” and “young adult”)

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The Fault in Our Stars

8) Mind Games by Teri Terry (read my review here)

Plot: Luna is a no-hoper with a secret: in a world of illusion, she can see what is real. But can she see the truth before it is too late? Luna has always been able to exist in virtual and real worlds at the same time, a secret she is warned to keep. She hides her ability by being a Refuser: excluded by choice from the virtual spheres others inhabit. But when she is singled out for testing, she can’t hide any longer. The safest thing to do would be to fail, to go back to a dead-end life, no future. But Luna is starting to hope for something better, and hope is a dangerous thing…

My Rating: 10/10 stars (“dystopian”, “futuristic” and “young adult”)

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Mind Games

9) All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (read my review here)

Plot: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

My Rating: 8/10 stars (“realistic fiction”, “romance” and “young adult”)

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All the Bright Places

10) The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson (read my review here)

Plot: David Piper has always been an outsider. His parents think he’s gay. The school bully thinks he’s a freak. Only his two best friends know the real truth – David wants to be a girl. On the first day at his new school Leo Denton has one goal – to be invisible. Attracting the attention of the most beautiful girl in year eleven is definitely not part of that plan. When Leo stands up for David in a fight, an unlikely friendship forms. But things are about to get messy. Because at Eden Park School secrets have a funny habit of not staying secret for long…

My Rating: 9/10 stars (“realistic fiction”, “romance” and “young adult”)

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The Art of Being Normal

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