I stopped reading young adult books when I was in middle school, around the same time that Harry Potter novels were finishing up and fantasy young adult books were becoming ridiculously popular. Yes, it was the world of Twilight and all of the things that I could not get into. It’s not that I found anything wrong with the young adult books, I just couldn’t take the fact that the writers were all jumping on the fantasy bandwagon. With that being said, I haven’t read any of these titles but I’m hoping that the reviews I quote will suffice as reliable.

Excitement for the new book. (photo by Roland)

Excitement for the new book. (photo by Roland)

#1. Eleanor and Park

Eleanor and Park is a first love story that swears that it will remind you of the days that you were head-over-heels in love with your significant other. As quoted from Amazon, who, by the way, chose this book as their favorite 2013 young adult book, the book’s synopsis is:

“…Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.”

#2. Allegiant

The third and final book to the Divergent series that was just released last month has been much-awaited for readers of the trilogy. Amazon has this book listed as their #1 slot for Best Teen and Young Adult Books of 2013.

If you haven’t followed the series (which I haven’t, but a good friend has been pressuring me to read the series almost once or twice a week!) – then you’ll understand what I assume to be the back cover (as read off of The Book Smugglers):

“The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.”

You can search either of these titles through textbooks.org. I can’t wait to see next year’s picks – because I’m pretty sure that the research I just did sparked an interest in me in the young adult genre again.