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4 must read YA authors

Updated on June 14, 2014

In the age of Harry Potter and Twilight, young adult fiction has taken center stage in literary society. For a decade now, we even see adults walking around with these books finding entertainment in wizards and vampire love. However there are many young adult writers who write to the masses of teens, but could easily pass off as adult writers. Here are a few of my favorite.


John Green

John Green, is one of my favorite writer of all time. He is a self proclaimed nerd and makes being a nerd equivalent to being a superhero. He is half of the Youtube sensation Vlogbrothers and with his brother started the Nerdfighters.

Even though he is a young adult writer, he does not water down the way he expresses his ideas. His vocabulary, subjects, and depth of thought in every book he writes brings you on an adventure that you can enjoy at any age. He has amazing way of getting his readers to think about the subjects he writes about and at the same time laugh out loud.

I highly recommend Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, and The Fault in Our Stars, but I have enjoyed all his books.

Sarah Dessen

Sarah Dessen, creates stories that bring you into each character life, and the struggles young adults have to face in their lives. Most of her books revolve around a character that is struggling to find where they belong in the world. Yes most of her book have some sort of love story, but they all play a vital role in the character finding themselves or just accepting themselves for who they really are.

I highly recommend: This Lullaby, Along for the Ride, and The Truth about Forever

Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson, has a realistic writing style, her characters are usually on an adventure they don't seem comfortable being on but seem dedicated on doing it. She has a way of placing her characters in real places which add a sense on realism if you have traveled to those places or gives you a vivid perception of the places you have been.

I highly recommend: 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Little Blue Envelope, and The Name of the Star.

Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell writes young adult and adult books both are worth the acclaim she has gotten for them. She takes serious subjects and issues and adds humor that makes her books such a success. Her first book Elanor & Park is becoming a motion picture.

I highly recommend Fan Girl and Attachments. Her forth book is due out in July called Landline


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      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      I've been reading a lot more Y/A books lately, but I hadn't heard of these writers. Thanks for the heads-up!