Book Lists: Holiday Gift Guide (Young Adult Edition)

Okay, so I lied about stress, I thrive off of it. Literally as soon as I finished my Holiday Gift Guide post for middle grade books, I started a list for young adult. I know, know. I said I was going to cool it blogging wise in December, but I could not resist. For reals, this will probably be my last book list of 2021. Today, I am recommending Young Adult books for the teens in your life. I’ve divided this list by genres as well as including books that deal with social issues and college-age YA, both of which I would like to see more of.

  1. Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
  2. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
  3. We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
  4. The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
  5. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
  6. The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
  7. Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
  8. Nocturna by Maya Motayne
  1. The Grief Keeper by Alex Villasante
  2. Mirage by Somaya Daud
  3. The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow
  4. Gearbreakers by Zoe Hana Mikuta
  5. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  1. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  2. Fat Chance, Charlie Vega by Crystal Maldonado
  3. Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
  4. The Only Thing Worse Than Me Is You by Lily Anderson
  5. Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
  6. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
  7. Analee, in Real Life by Janelle Milanes
  1. One of the Good Ones by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite
  2. Muted by Tami Charles
  3. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  4. We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez
  5. Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
  1. White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson
  3. To Break a Covenant by Alison Ames
  4. Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas
  5. Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda
  6. Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer
  1. Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
  2. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
  3. How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  4. Sadie by Courtney Summers
  5. The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  1. With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
  2. American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  3. How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland
  4. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
  5. Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
  1. Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann
  2. By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
  3. If It Makes You Happy by Claire Kann
  4. We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
  6. American Panda by Gloria Chao

What young adult novels would you recommend those shopping for gifts? Let me know if you decide to purchase any of these for the teens in your life!

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