2015 has been a crazy year – especially in the book world. There’s been laughter, tears, and tantrums (and that’s just on the way to Waterstones). This year, I felt all the feels with some Young Adult literature, with books ranging from topics on mental illness, romance, comedy, to everything in-between. Need more convincing? Here’s my pick of the best to add to your list…
- How to Be Bad
Lockhart, Mlynowski, Myracle
Despite the title, this isn’t a self-help book on rebellious behaviour. Workmates Mel, Vicki and Jesse ditch their jobs for a day and go on a road-trip instead. At first, the book seems like light-hearted fun; but each girl is struggling with her own battle that will be uncovered throughout the journey. Behind three different narrators there’s three different writers, which gives the book the edge it needs. So not only do we see the girls relationship develop, but we also see their characters grow. An ideal read if you’re looking for a mix of conflict, comedy, and girl power.
- P.S I Still Love You
This is definitely the most light-hearted book on the list. If you’re looking for something fun and flirty, escape into the world of Lara Jean and Peter. In the sequel to the highly popular To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Lara is forced to face her feelings for a boy she never thought she’d fall for. We saw Lara face plenty of challenges in the first book – now prepare for even more! Perfect for fans of rom-coms.
- I’ll Give You The Sun
It was published in 2014, but being the winner of so many awards this year, it made the list. This book is different from most in its genre in so many ways; mostly because it doesn’t focus on romantic love, but family love. We follow twins Noah and Jude before and after a tragedy tears their relationship apart. Can they find their way back to each other? You’ll have to read to find out! One of the most heart-wrenching books you’ll read this year. It’ll relate to anyone who’s ever had a fallout with a loved one – so basically, every one.
- All the Bright Places
A word of warning – you’ll need tissues for this one. High-school seniors Violet and Finch are both facing their own battles, so when they meet at the edge of the bell-tower one morning, they instantly bond. Finch convinces Violet not to jump, but at the same time he’s battling his own impulse to do the same thing. Their friendship slowly turns to romance; but when they’re the only thing keeping each other alive, problems arise. It’s not for the fainthearted, with themes like suicide and mental illness taking centre stage.
- We All Looked Up
This book combines all the themes on this list together to create one epic read. Imagine this: a group of high-school seniors are planning the rest of their lives, only to be told they have a matter of months left to live. When an asteroid looms over earth, the world is told to prepare for its end. So how do they react? With rage? Tears? Or worse? It’s quite the opposite, actually. A book that appears to be about death is actually about life, and how to live it to the fullest.