A-Z of book recommendations: the YA version

A few weeks ago, I posted the A-Z of book recommendations: kids version and a lot of people liked it! I figured I’d give YA a go… (I think this might be more of a challenge!).


BEFORE I START… I would just like to say the amount of books that begin ‘The…’ made this really hard for me (so honestly… I might’ve cheated, haha).


A – And The Stars Were Burning Brightly by Danielle Jawando

B – Boy Queen by George Lester

C – Countless by Karen Gregory

D – Don’t Breathe A Word by Jordyn Taylor

E – The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

F – First Day of My Life by Lisa Williamson

G – Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard (this book doesn’t get the coverage/love it deserves)

H – Hold back the Tide by Melinda Salisbury (and the rest of her books, lbr)

I – Ink by Alice Broadway

J – Jack of Hearts and Other Parts by L.C. Rosen

K – ??

L – Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

M – Me Mam. Me Dad. Me by Malcolm Duffy

N – No Big Deal by Bethany Rutter

O – One of Us Is Lying by Karen M McManus

P – Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

Q – Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren James

R – Run Rebel by Manjeet Mann

S – Scythe by Neal Schusterman

T – They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

U – Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt

V – Viper/Venom/Vulture by Bex Hogan

W – Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

X – ??

Y – You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Z – ??


Are any of you brave enough to take on the A-Z of recommendations?

Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive list of books I’d recommend, they’re just a range of recommendations. Ask me to do this list again and trust me 80% of it would be different haha!

If you’d like a graphic novel or picture book version, let me know… I quite enjoyed challenging myself to do this!

S x

2 thoughts on “A-Z of book recommendations: the YA version

  1. rosemarykaye says:

    Oh I think I will try this, I can never resist one of these challenges!

    I haven’t read any of the books you mention, but I did see Lauren James speak at the Edinburgh International Book Festival two years ago. She was discussing ‘How to be a Writer for Life’ with David Almond. It was part of the children’s and young adult programme, which I always find a lot more interesting than much of the ‘grown up’ stuff, as these authors make a real effort, and don’t just plug their latest book for a solid hour. Both she and Almond were excellent – engaging, interesting, with some really good tips for aspiring writers, and great modesty about their own considerable achievements. (James was only 27 at the time and already very successful.) They were very encouraging to would-be authors, and I loved James’s advice – ‘Read everything and steal all the best bits’ – she said all ideas have already been used, what you need to do is put your own twist on them.


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