A Reader’s Guide to YA Novels


Upworthy has an exhaustive (but not at all exhausting) list of young-adult books besides the Harry Potter series for the teenager in your life (or you—no judgment!).

Historical fiction (The Book ThiefIsland of the Blue Dolphins), utopian/dystopian fiction (The GiverThe House of the Scorpion), classics (Charlotte’s WebWhere the Red Fern Grows)—it’s all there.

In fact, even Harry Potter is on there, just, you know, for completeness’s sake.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →