Something I always remember is my parents worrying about what I was reading when I was younger. They were worried if the subjects were too heavy, or if there were too mature scenes. Transitioning into middle school and the upper grades of elementary school, being such a advanced reader my parents were especially worried. Now that I’m older and have read so much and seeing what my peers read, I think I can help. So here I present to you, 5 books for young adult starters.
NOTE: I’ve done book reports and all sorts of researching on these books and there is a few things I would like to address. I have read that parents are saying that there is too much violence or romance in these novels and that they would not recommend. Being a teen and advanced reader myself, I feel as if people need to understand that there is a level of violence and romance in all ya books. Whether it’s in the form of blatant war or bullying it’s everywhere. And with romance, once again, it’s in every ya novel. It could be a simple crush and sometimes that’s the entire plot. These books I am recommending are starting grounds, books with splashes of these but not an overwhelming amount.
Written by Veronica Roth the Divergent series is widely known. All of its books have gotten all sorts of recognition and even movies! The novel takes place in futuristic dystopian Chicago and is filled with all sorts of creativity and adventure. I absolutely adored the books but the movies are another story. Please don’t judge this book off of the movie for so much of it was changed and altered. I would recommend this for ya beginners because none of the context or scenes are too mature or heavy.
2 The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner was written by author James Dashner. It’s a very entertaining series with extremely lovable characters. You follow these lovably characters through, you guessed it, a deadly maze. Still to this day my friends and I rave about it. I first read it in about fourth grade and fell in love. Like Divergent none of the events that take place are too bad, it’s the perfect starting ground. Once again, please don’t judge this book by the movies.
3 Falling Kingdoms
Falling Kingdoms was written by Morgan Rhodes and a series I am obsessed with. I fell in love with the characters, writing, and plot. You follow a collection of characters as they battle over their world. The plot escalates throughout the series with more and more secrets being revealed. The writing is elegant in a sense and the characters are all so unique. While I do still read this series I feel like for more advanced readers this shouldn’t be too much to handle.
4 Beasts Made of Night
Beasts Made of Night was written by Tochi Onyebuchi. This book is not as commonly known as Divergent or The Maze Runner but it was a good read. The plot itself was creative and complex. It was entertaining and there was a little bit of humor as well. Once again, it’s a good starting ground for ya beginners.
5 Snow Like Ashes
Written by Sara Raasch comes Snow Like Ashes. To put it short, Snow Like Ashes is about a small group of refugees trying to battle back their kingdom. I would also like to address the fact that other people (reviewers) think that there is no positive role models in this novel. Personally, I think that the main character is an amazing role model for she does whatever she can for the sake of her kingdom and people- that’s inspiring to me. And just like the other novels, this seems like a good starting place.