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YA Gift Guide: 2019 Edition

As promised last week, here is the book buying guide for those who love to read Young Adult books. I hope this is useful to you as one more resource for finding the right book for a young adult in your life.

Note: YA tends to refer to ages 13 up, but there is a lot of range in how mature the books are in the issues and situations they deal with. If you have specific questions about content, feel free to ask me. If you don't want to ask in the comments, you can always email me. (See the contact information tab for my email address.)

Links are to my reviews.

For Those Looking for Fun and Romantic (with excellent banter):



From Twinkle, with Love and  There's Something about Sweetie by Sandhya Menon


Speak Easy Speak Love by McKelle George
Pride by Ibi Zoboi


Don't Date Rosa Santos by Nna Moreno
Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik

For Those Who Enjoy Realistic Tales of Family and Friendship (both easy and hard)



On the Come Up and The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
You're Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner


Piecing Me Together by RenĂ©e Watson
American Street by Ibi Zoboi


American Panda by Gloria Chao 
The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phllippe 



An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder


For Those Who Enjoy Fantasy with a Touch of Political Intrigue and Banter Between Complete Opposite Protagonists:
(This is a niche interest but highly undervalued.)


 Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

For Those Who Enjoy Mythology, Historical Fiction, and Realistic Depictions of War and Love:
(This kind of defies categorization. It is just GOOD.)


Lovely War by Julie Berry



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