Young Adult Books 2013 – best popular recommendations

Underdog Literature WordPress November 2013 Young Adult Literature.

Every month, I select 15 books that caught my interest lately.

Fresh, off-beat, quirky or curious titles that might deserve more attention.

This month – in time for Christmas:

15 of 2013’s best new Young Adult books!


01: HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN, „Counting by 7s“, 384 pages, August 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA / Middle Grade]

Counting by 7s

02: VICKY GROVE, „Everything Breaks“, 256 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Fantasy: YA]

Everything Breaks

03: CRISTIN TERRILL, „All Our Yesterdays“, 368 pages, August 2013. [Sci-Fi / Dystopia: YA]

All Our Yesterdays (All Our Yesterdays #1)

04: MEG MEDINA, „Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass“, 272 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass

05: DAVID CATANEO, „Eggplant Alley“, 352 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Eggplant Alley

06: JO KNOWLES, „Living with Jackie Chan“, 384 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Living with Jackie Chan

07: ANDREW SMITH, „Winger“, 439 pages, May 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Humor: YA]


08: TARA SULLIVAN, „Golden Boy“, 368 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction (Africa): YA]

Golden Boy

09: SARAH SULLIVAN, „All that’s missing“, 368 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

All That's Missing

10: T.L. COSTA, „Playing Tyler“, 304 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Thriller / Sci-Fi: YA]

Playing Tyler

11: EDWIGE DANTICAT, „Claire of the Sea Light“, 256 pages, August 2013. [Realistic Fiction (Haiti): Coming-of-Age, but maybe not YA]

Claire of the Sea Light

12: PAMELA ERENS, „The Virgins“, 288 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction: Coming-of-Age, but maybe not YA]

The Virgins: A Novel

13: VICTORIA SCHWAB, „The Archived“, 328 pages, January 2013. [Fantasy: YA]

The Archived (The Archived, #1)

14: HANNAH WEYER, „On the Come-Up“, 320 pages, January 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

On the Come Up: A Novel, Based on a True Story

15: MICHAEL SOKOLOVE, „Drama High: The incredible true story of a brilliant teacher, a struggling town, and the magic of theater“, 352 pages, September 2013. [Nonfiction about a high school musical]

Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater


Here are five (mostly: older) YA books that made me curious enough to buy them:

01: EMILY M. DANFORTH, „The Miseducation of Cameron Post“, 470 pages, 2012. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

02: GAVIN EXTENCE, „The Universe vs. Alex Woods“, 407 pages, June 2013. [Realistic Fiction / Humor: YA]

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

03: NEIL SHUSTERMAN, „The Schwa was here“, 228 pages, 2004. [Realistic Fiction / Humor: Middle Grade]

The Schwa Was Here (Antsy Bonano, #1)

04: ESMERALDA SANTIAGO, „Almost a Woman“, 336 pages, 1998. [Coming-of-Age Memoir]

Almost a Woman

05: PHOEBE GLOECKNER, „The Diary of a Teenage Girl“, 320 pages, 2002. [Coming-of-Age / illustrated book]

The Diary of a Teenage Girl


…and finally, here are seven 2013 Young Adult books that I read – and that were really good:

5 of 5 stars: DAVID LEVITHAN, „Two Boys kissing“, 208 pages, August 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Two Boys Kissing

5 of 5 stars: DEBBIE LEVY, „Imperfect Spirals“, 352 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Imperfect Spiral

4 of 5 stars: A.S. KING, „Reality Boy“, 368 pages, October 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

Reality Boy

4 of 5 stars: K.A. BARSON, „45 Pounds (more or less)“, 264 pages, July 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

45 Pounds (More or Less)

4 of 5 stars: SARA POLSKY, „This is how I find her“, 264 pages, September 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA]

This Is How I Find Her

4 of 5 stars: SUSAN NUSSBAUM, „Good Kings Bad Kings“, 298 pages, March 2013. [Realistic Fiction: YA / literary fiction]

Good Kings Bad Kings

4 of 5 stars: NICOLE J. GEORGES, „Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir“, 288 pages, January 2013. [Coming-of-Age Graphic Novel Memoir]

Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir


…why do I know so much about the YA genre? Please have a look at the novel I’m working on (Link)!

Here’s an essay about my work (German) and its relation to YA.


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