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5 young adult books everyone should read

By Lauren AguirreNovember 17, 2016

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Young adult books have soared in popularity in recent years. But they're not just for teenagers. Here are a few young adult books even adult readers can enjoy.

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

In World War II Germany, Liesel Meminger is a foster child living outside Munich. She steals books, sharing her love of the written word with her foster father and the Jewish man hiding in their basement. Most interestingly, this book is narrated by Death itself.

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2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Jonas has grown up in a peaceful, seemingly perfect world. A world in which no one can see colors or feel love. Then, Jonas becomes the Receiver of Memory and uncovers colorful, painful and beautiful memories from the world before.

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3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

This classic follows the lives of four sisters as they come of age in post-Civil War America. 

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4. Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley Yelnats has been unjustly sent to a boys' detention center: Camp Green Lake. The lake has dried up and to build character, the boys spend every day digging holes five feet wide and five feet deep. But it turns out the boys are digging holes because the warden is looking for something buried under the lake.


5. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

By reading aloud, Meggie's father can literally bring fictional characters to life. When Meggie was three, her father was reading aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same moment, Meggie's mother became trapped inside the story. Later, when Meggie is twelve, her father is abducted by one of the escaped characters and is forced to work for him.