Young Adult

Young-adult fiction (often abbreviated as YA) is fiction written for, published for, or marketed to adolescents and young adults, roughly ages 13 to 18. 

Young-adult fiction, whether in the form of novels or short stories, has distinct attributes that distinguish it from the other age categories of fiction. The vast majority of YA stories portray an adolescent as the protagonist, rather than an adult or a child. The subject matter and story lines are typically consistent with the age and experience of the main character, but beyond that YA stories span the entire spectrum of fiction genres. The settings of YA stories are limited only by the imagination and skill of the author. 

Themes in YA stories often focus on the challenges of youth, so much so that the entire age category is sometimes referred to as problem novels or coming of age novel. Writing styles of YA stories range widely, from the richness of literary style to the clarity and speed of the unobtrusive. Despite its unique characteristics, YA shares the fundamental elements of fiction with other stories: character, plot, setting, theme, and style.

Young Adult

Adrienne Cahill cares about three things: getting into a great college; becoming a revered journalist like her idol, Sydney Declay; and making her lat...
Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks

July 13, 2018

Sixteen-year-old Lexi Stevens has never been kissed–never even been asked on a date. So when she humiliates herself in front of her crush and her brot...
It Was Always You by Judy Corry

July 6, 2018

Growing up in her sleepy Cornish village dreaming of being a writer, sixteen-year-old Lou has always wondered about the grand Cardew house which has s...
A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

July 6, 2018

Have you ever had a secret so gut-wrenching you couldn’t share it with anyone, not even the person who shares your bed? Told from the alternating pers...
The Intermission by Elyssa Friedland

July 4, 2018

Twelve-year-old Della Kelly has lived her whole life in Maryville, North Carolina. She knows how to pick the softest butter beans and sweetest waterme...
Where the Watermelons Grow by Cindy Baldwin

July 3, 2018

Gemma, Lou, Issey, Liane and Paige are determined to make the most of this second year at uni. They want to have fun, but they want to focus on work. ...
My Heart Goes Bang by Keris Stainton

July 3, 2018

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school i...
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

June 28, 2018

There are two monsters in this story. One of them is me. Ask anyone in Winship, Maine, and they’ll tell you the summer camp Quinn’s family owns is a m...
Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

June 27, 2018

I am Comet Caldwell. And I sort of, kind of, absolutely hate my name. People expect extraordinary things from a girl named Comet. That she’ll be effor...
The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young

June 26, 2018

You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. The...
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand

June 26, 2018

Two women, different as night and day.
Tristana likes to keep to herself, devotedly working all day so she doesn’t think about all she is missing in l...
Dares, Lies and Geminis by Kat Alexander

June 23, 2018

Theo Mackey only remembers one thing for certain about the fire that destroyed his home: he lit the match. Sure, it was an accident. But the blaze kil...
Dive Smack by Demetra Brodsky

June 21, 2018

There are three kinds of people in my world: 1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I ...
Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

June 21, 2018

Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Su...
Not the Girls You’re Looking For by Aminah Mae Safi

June 20, 2018

Stella has had a hopeless crush on Will, her older brother’s best friend FOREVER, but now that Cam and Will have graduated and are going off to colleg...
The Boyfriend Bracket by Kate Evangelista

June 20, 2018

Aubrey and Rae have been planning their trip around Europe practically from the moment they became BFFs in primary school. And, now, it ought to be th...
The Summer of Us by Cecilia Vinesse

June 19, 2018

CLAIRE is a sixteen-year-old fangirl obsessed with the show Demon Heart. FOREST is an actor on Demon Heart who dreams of bigger roles. When the two me...
Ship It by Britta Lundin

June 19, 2018

One summer will challenge everything the Garrett sisters thought they knew about themselves—and each other. Kat lands the lead in the community theate...
The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

June 14, 2018

Debut author Alex Evansley delivers a sweet summer romance in this inventive novel about a young heartthrob and teen author falling in love. Teddy Sha...
Love Scene, Take Two by Alex Evansley

June 13, 2018

Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should be excited about his senior year: His teammates are amazing and he’s got a coach ...
Running With Lions by Julian Winters

June 10, 2018