Books On my Syllabus for ‘YA for Adults’ – Top Ten Tuesday

Books On my Syllabus for ‘YA for Adults’ – Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and The Bookish!

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This week, we got a little bit of freedom with the Top Ten Tuesday topic – we got to invent a class and create a syllabus for said class. I am a big fan of encouraging adults to read from the YA genre – my mother is still the most difficult target – hence my choice of ‘YA for Adults’.

1. The Fault in Our Stars – John Green

Probably a cliche choice, but this book has already been so instrumental in convincing adults that the YA genre has merit. Plus, it makes EVERYONE cry (if you didn’t, I’m not sure that you have a heart) and has awesome language, such as the STUNNING: ‘I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace’. Heart-wrenching.

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2. Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Technically a children’s book, I am still totally including this book! It is too cute for words. Told from the point of view of a little boy with a severe facial deformity, it is masterfully written in simple prose but still has incredibly important messages about friendship and kindness. Everyone can take something away from this book, regardless of age or reading level.

3. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

This one always confuses me, because in Australia it is adult fiction, not YA. However, seeing as elsewhere, it is considered YA, I will include it here, because it is one of my favourite books of all time! How could you not love a book narrated by death?

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4. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

Not only a brilliant book, but its classic status (despite its young protagonist) might convince sceptical adults that the other books also have literary merit.

5. Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, this is one of my absolute FAVOURITES! Therefore, everybody needs to read it RIGHT NOW so we can all fangirl about it together! Plus, it is important to have a good selection of young adult fantasy if we are going to be studying the genre!

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6. Laurinda – Alice Pung

This book is just divine. It really is the next Looking for Alibrandi and I can’t wait for it to become a classic in Australian high schools. So I’ll teach it myself!

7. The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

A really really beautiful book, which will encourage everyone to go out and buy the rest of the series. Science fiction with religious zealots – incredibly thought-provoking as well as brilliant writing!

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8. A Thousand Pieces of You – Claudia Gray

Another science fiction which proves truly EPIC ideas come out of this genre. Inter-dimensional travel, with a believable scientific basis, plus the only romance I really truly ship, this is a series I encourage EVERYONE to get behind.

9. The Jewel – Amy Ewing

Despite its cover (which is COMPLETELY incongruent with the awesomeness of the story), Ewing’s story is my favourite example of the dystopian genre, because it is more relevant for the adult market. Discussing topics surrounding surrogacy, this book is a really welcome addition to my ideal syllabus. (PLEASE IGNORE THE COVER!!!)

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10. We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

The world is about to end and we watch through the eyes of four very different teenagers as all descends into chaos. Raises so many interesting discussion points – would civilisation totally collapse if we knew the end was coming? What would you do with your last days alive?

What do you think are the best YA books for adults to read? What do you think of my choices? Are there any you disagree with? Why?

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