Looking for some young adult novels that will inspire and empower you? Here are five picks that deliver powerful messages and unforgettable characters:

  1. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a gripping and heart-wrenching story that explores racism and police brutality through the eyes of Starr, a teenage girl who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed friend by a white police officer. As Starr becomes more vocal about seeking justice for her friend, she must confront her own fears and the harsh realities of the world around her.

  2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, a poignant and uplifting story that follows the romance between two teens with cancer. Despite their struggles with illness and mortality, Hazel and Augustus find joy and meaning in their relationship and the adventures they share.

  3. The Maze Runner by James Dashner, a thrilling and suspenseful dystopian novel that follows Thomas, a teenage boy who wakes up in a mysterious maze with no memory of his past. As he and his fellow “gladers” try to escape the maze and uncover the truth about their situation, they must confront their own fears and the dangers lurking around every corner.

  4. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, a powerful and honest novel that tackles the difficult subject of sexual assault. After being raped at a party, high school freshman Melinda becomes isolated and withdrawn, struggling to find her voice and speak up about what happened to her.

  5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, a coming-of-age story that deals with themes of mental health, identity, and belonging. As Charlie starts high school and navigates the ups and downs of adolescence, he finds solace and connection with a group of misfit friends who help him discover who he truly is.

Whether you’re looking for a story that will make you cry, laugh, or think deeply, these young adult novels are sure to leave a lasting impression. Happy reading!