I did shy away from YA fiction a little in 2020 – but that isn’t to say I didn’t read it at all. There were in fact quite a few YA books I read last year, and some of them really resonated with me.
If you’re an avid YA reader, or looking for somewhere to start, these are some great books to try out in 2021. Why not give one of them a try?
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord
I loved this story of family, friendship, feuds, and food. Pepper and Jack’s families both run diners in New York City, and both claim to have the best grilled cheese in the city. I loved watching their relationship grow. The two are also in touch on an anonymous app in their school, and have no idea the other is the person they’re starting to falling in love with.
The Falling In Love Montage by Ciara Smyth
This Irish debut is super summery, and the perfect read in that time between finishing your exams and waiting for your results. This is what Saoirse’s summer is all about throughout this book, but it’s a wonderful story of first love. Ruby and Saoirse’s summer together is a beautiful story, and there’s so much depth to this story – more than I expected.
There’s also a list of rom coms at the end of the book. If you’re not fully acquainted with the genre, these are for sure great places to start.
American Royals by Katharine McGee
Think The Crown x Gossip Girl and you’ve got the vibe of this book down. I was hooked on the story of sibling drama and duty. There’s so much amazing world building – rather important when your book revolves around America as a monarchy rather than a republic. I loved Beatrice, and Daphne’s drama was so entertaining to watch.
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
This is the first book in verse on this list, and it blew me away. This is the story of Camina and Yahira, whose father dies in a plane crash on his way from New York to the Domincan Republic. They don’t know each other exists, but their father’s death brings them closer together. Both girls have tumultuous lives in their respective homes, and so much to learn from the other.
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Prom was not a thing in Ireland, but this book will give you the best insight to it. In this book, prom is king, and the main character Liz runs for prom queen for the chance to win a college scholarship. A slight hiccup appears when she falls for one of her competitors.
The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta
This is another book in verse, following Michael from his childhood to university years. Michael is half Jamaican, half Greek Cypriot, and I loved seeing the portrayal of both cultures in this book– they’re not cultures I’ve read a lot from. It was also wonderful watching Michael explore his sexuality throughout the book and discover the world of drag.