It’s hard to believe that these young adult books are turning 10 years old in 2020. Take a trip down memory lane through this list of great YA novels.
For a lot of us, reading young adult literature got us hooked on reading. From dystopian novels to books about love, young adult novels have been a staple in literature for quite some time.
It feels like most of these books just came out, but all the ones on this list are turning 10 this year. Relive some of your favorite memories or discover new books to check out on this list!
10 Young Adult Books Turning 10 This Year
1. Mockingjay—Suzanne Collins
The final book in the young adult Hunger Games trilogy, Mockingjay follows the end of Katniss Everdeen’s story. In the previous books, Katniss has survived the Hunger Games twice, but is still not safe. The Capitol is angry and wants revenge, and President Snow has made it clear that no one is safe.
2. Before I Fall—Lauren Oliver
This young adult book follows popular girl Samantha Kingston on February 12, “Cupid Day” at her school filled with valentines and roses. Her day is perfect… until she dies in a terrible accident that night. Throughout the book, she continues to wake up and relives her last day seven times until she realized that through the smallest changes she holds more power than she thought.
3. Matched—Ally Condie
In the first book of Ally Condie’s Matched series for young adults, we meet Cassia, a member of a society that controls all aspects of your life. She sees her best friend on the Matching screen and knows he is the one, until another face briefly flashes on the screen. In this thrilling book, Cassia is now torn between following the path she knows or a path no one has taken before.
4. The Lost Hero—Rick Riordan
The Lost Hero is the first book in The Heroes of Olympus young adult series from Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan. Jason, his girlfriend Piper, and his best friend Leo all end up at Camp Half-Blood, a camp for children of gods. At the start of the book, Jason can’t remember anything, but knows that something is very, very wrong.
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson—John Green & David Levithan
This young adult book by John Green and David Levithan tells the story of the two Will Graysons. They have a chance meeting one night in Chicago, which changes both their lives forever. The book follows their respective romantic turn-of-heart and the production of the best high school musical.
6. I Am Number Four—Pittacus Lore
The first book in the Lorien Legacies young adult series, Pittacus Lore’s I Am Number Four is a story about superheroes. Nine otherworldly beings with super strength and powers came to assimilate, but then someone starts hunting them down. Number One, Two, and Three have all been killed. This book follows Number Four’s journey to outrun their hunters.
7. The Scorch Trials—James Dashner
The second book in The Maze Runner young adult series, The Scorch Trials follows the Gladers after they escaped the maze. They have two weeks to cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world. But with WICKED stacking the odds against them, all bets are off and friendships will be tested.
8. The DUFF—Kody Keplinger
In Kody Keplinger’s young adult book The DUFF, Bianca Piper is nicknamed The DUFF—Designated Ugly Fat Friend—by school hottie Wesley Rush. Although she’s determined to hate him, Bianca finds herself in an enemies-with-benefits relationship, finding out he’s not so bad along the way.
9. The Lying Game—Sara Shepard
From the author of Pretty Little Liars, this young adult book tells the story of long-lost twin sisters. Sutton has been murdered, and now Emma needs to figure out what happened to her while pretending to be her. Throughout the book, Sutton narrates from beyond the grave, warning that her murderer is watching Emma’s every move.
10. Clockwork Angel—Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Angel is the first book in The Infernal Devices young adult series by Cassandra Clare. The book takes place in 1878, where Tessa Gray is searching for her missing brother. She finds that her only allies are demon-slaying Shadowhunters, and they set out to stop the Pandemonium Club, an organization set on ruling the British Empire.