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Young-Adult Books to Read as Adults

13 YA Novels From Your Childhood You Should Read Again

Today, young-adult titles like Twilight or The Hunger Games have captured the attention of teens and adults alike. But if you want to get back in touch with a younger, and maybe more confused, version of yourself, pick up a "vintage" title that you may have read when you were growing up. To get you started here are 13 young-adult books to read again.

1. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret by Judy Blume

You've done your best to forget the awkwardness of puberty, but see if you can recognize how far you've come in Judy Blume's classic coming-of-age story.

2. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

In the first volume of Maya Angelou's autobiography, the poet describes a childhood of disappointment, violence, and eventual triumph.


3. The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis

Narrated by 9-year-old Kenny, a boy growing up in a middle-class black family during 1963, this book is an everyday tale of the civil rights era.

4. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Revisit Anne Frank's iconic diary, which provides a heartbreaking picture of the brightest and darkest sides of human nature.

5. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

You may know them from the movies. Best friends Lena, Carmen, Bridget, and Tibby are joined together by a pair of traveling pants, even when they are worlds apart and dealing with the challenges of love and family.

6. Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

Now that Gossip Girl is off the small screen, go back to the Upper East Side by picking up the books that inspired it.

7. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Whether or not this classic is listed as your favorite book on your Facebook profile, J.D. Salinger's is worth another look as an adult.

8. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling

It's easy to forget Harry Potter is for a younger audience, since it captured the imaginations of so many adults.

9. Forever . . . by Judy Blume

Judy Blume isn't afraid to acknowledge that some teenagers have sex in this book about going on all the way.

10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Travel back to New England during the Civil War era for lovely and sometimes difficult lessons about romance, family, and pursuing your dreams.

11. Go Ask Alice by Anonymous

This diary of a teen addicted to LSD chronicles her spiral out of control as she tries to face the pressures of her parents and her low self-esteem.

12. The Giver by Lois Lowry

When Jonas, a 12-year-old living in a utopia without crime or poverty, is selected to be the "Receiver of Memories" he discovers the dark truth about the not-so-perfect futuristic community.

13. Sweet Valley High series by Francine Pascal

The dalliances of California boys and girls make up these classic books about the Wakefield sisters.

Laura-Marie-Meyers Laura-Marie-Meyers 4 years
Love YA books — such great picks! "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was always my favorite, and I remember loving Laurie Halse Anderson's "Speak" and "Stargirl" by Jerry Spinelli.
Karen-Datangel Karen-Datangel 5 years
Actually, I've had a recent craving to read those Wayside School books from my elementary school days lately...
catita85 catita85 5 years
Loved Judy Blume! Little Women, obviously, I've read Sweet Valley High when I was 11. A wrinkle in time is another book I grew to love over time.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
JULIE OF THE WOLVES!!!! I forgot about that book and I used to love it!
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Pistil- I was about to say Christopher Pike as well! Granted I started reading his books when I was in 4th grade ^^; How about, Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain,. Island of the Blue Dolphins, Julie of the Wolves, and Where the Red Fern Grows? I loved reading those, but I don't know if they count as young adult.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'd like to reread some RL Stine. Even my mom would read those ones. Or Christopher Pike. Judy Blume is timeless. I have tried rereading Francine Pascal. It was God Awful.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd... is that considered young adult? I read it as a teenager and loved it, but it's enjoyable to adults as well.
khameel khameel 6 years
I LOVED the Fear Street series! I haven't thought about those books in probably 10 years.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I was obsessed with Pretty Little Liars this past summer. But I actually don't think I would reread any of the YA books I've read. They are fun when they are new, but the magic is a little lost the next time around. Although I HAVE reread the Chronicles of Narnia multiple times.
LovelyLiLKatie LovelyLiLKatie 7 years
omg forever by judy blume! stoppp it! perks should definitely be on the list.
katykat1980 katykat1980 7 years
At 30, I sometimes feel a little sheepish when I get the summertime craving for a YA novel to read on the beach. I guess I'm not the only one doing it though! Judy Blume and Garth Nix were the authors I went after this year.
spaa649 spaa649 7 years
I loved catcher in the rye and go ask alice
teanpa teanpa 7 years
The Giver is badass!
birdylan birdylan 7 years
Go Ask Alice is awesome
ShaynaLeah ShaynaLeah 7 years
I'm not sure Sweet Valley High is actually worth re-reading... Did I read it the first time when I was 12? Yes, absolutely - but I'm fairly certain that my warm and fuzzy memories of Jessica and Elizabeth will be marred by an adult viewpoint... PSA - if anyone is buying some YA books, Barnes & Noble has some discount codes/sales going on:
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
^^ I agree, Girl Jen. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favorites.
Girl-Jen Girl-Jen 7 years
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Steven Chbosky.
bengalspice bengalspice 7 years
I second Anon ... where is A WRINKLE IN TIME?????
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