According to The Atlantic, 55% of the readers of young adult literature are adults. And if you’ve read teen lit recently, it’s easy to see why. Diverse protagonists? Check. Unique and compelling plotting? Check. World-class writing? BIG check. Here are 23 of our YA favorites that also contain some major adult crossover appeal.
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Read if you like: lyrical novels; family/friendship-centered stories; coming-of-age; self-discovery; the 1980s; LGBTQIA+ themes; Call Me By Your Name
Read if you like: literary fiction; Taiwan; friendship; grief; birds that very well might be reincarnations of loved ones; magical realism; mental health
Read if you like: fantasy; feminist fairy tale retellings; Snow White; rivals-to-allies; mother/daughter relationships; LGBTQIA+ themes; The Bloody Chamber