WSU English Recommends: YA Lit

WSU English Recommends: YA Lit

WSU English Recommends: YA Lit


Young Adult fiction is a genre beloved by many. This month, the Wayne State English Department is sharing a list of must-read Young Adult books based on suggestions from students and faculty. If you’re looking for something new to read, take a look at the crowdsourced reading list below and find the book that’s right for you! Writers with more than one recommendation are noted with an asterisk. 


  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket 

  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien 

  • Flawed Dogs by Berkeley Breathed 

  • A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park 

  • The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak* 

  • Little Women by Louisa Alcott 

  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie 

  • Feed by M. T. Anderson 

  • The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge 

  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 

  • Pamela by Samuel Richardson 

  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas* 

  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein 

  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor 

  • I Was A Teenage Fairy by Francesca Lia Block 

  • Empress of the World by Sara Ryan 

  • The Truth About Forever by Sara Dessen 

  • The Losing Christina trilogy by Caroline B. Cooney 

  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 

  • Carry On series (Carry On, Wayward Son, Any Way the Wind Blows) by Rainbow Rowell 

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell 

  • Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders 

  • His Dark Materials trilogy (Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass) by Philip Pullman 

  • The Chanters of Tremaris by Kate Constable 

  • An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 

  • The Giver quartet (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son) by Lois Lowry* 

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen 

  • Perfect Chemistry trilogy (Perfect Chemestry, Rules of Attraction, Chain Reaction) by Simone Elkeles 

  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman