10 Adult Books for the YA Fan

I think it’s weird sometimes that books are as classified as they are. When someone sets out to write a book, they don’t target it one way or another, so why should bookstores? I know this isn’t a new debate by any means, but since some of the books I’ve been reading lately seem like they could be YA, I got to thinking about other books I’d read that are sold as adults books but could also pass for YA, and this was what I came up with!

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Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt – A young girl struggling to fit into her family after the death of her uncle. It’s so introspective and just amazingly written and I haven’t stopped talking about it since I read it. The young girl perspective will make this perfect for adult and YA readers alike.

Dare Me by Megan Abbott – This one focuses on a group of high school girls on a cheer leading squad, and if you like books set in high school, this is definitely for you.

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami – Only 90 pages, a young boy goes into a library and some … strange things happen inside.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – Kind of obvious, since Rowell is an amazing YA writer, but her adult novel is just as amazing, and flashes back to the early college years of Georgie McCool. Honestly with a name like that how could you not give this a try?

The Fever by Megan Abbott – Another book set in a high school, this time with an outbreak of a virus that affects only the girls in the local high school. Yes, read it, especially if you like this kind of contagion/outbreak kind of fiction.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple – A little girl’s mom disappears, and she is determined to find out where she went. Told all in letters and emails, this is perfect if you like books written in that format.

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – A young girl in Japan writes a diary, and a woman on the other side of the world, Ruth, finds it. Confessional and mind bendingly amazing, this book is perfect.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly Whittemore – The first year of college is always tumultuous, but when Mabel is befriends by the beautiful Genevra Windlow, her life takes a startling turn.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – Neil Gaiman is a writer who is perfect no matter how old you are. This novel is so short, and reads like a fairy tale, I recommend this every chance I get, to readers of any age at all.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – If you like having your heart twisted around in every way possible, in YA novels or adult novel, this is for you.

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  1. This is such a great post! Often times I’m looking to read a book that’s a little more mature than YA, but not majorly adultish, you know? I’ll definitely have to keep these in mind!

  2. Earlier this year I saw John Marsden, an Australian YA author, speaking about his first adult novel. He said that he wrote differently for different audiences, mostly in relation to choice of language and subject. It would be an interesting question for other authors who “crossover”.