Top 5 YA General Fiction Books


YA is something I did not get into until I was about 16, but once I’d read The Humans by Matt Haig and Looking for Alaska by John Green, I was hooked!

Here is a list of my top 5 favourite YA fiction books (so far):


5. Skellig by David Almond

This was technically the first YA book I read – but I’d never heart it YA when I was 12!

The story was just so different – and still is -to most others in the genre.

I love books like this because they make me consider what it means to be human (in the best was possible).





4. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

For a modern classic, a lot of people do not like this book – so much so that even the indication of it possibly being a YA book is slightly jarring.

I think it deserves to be on this list.

This is yet another YA that caused me to think – so much so I was in a bit of a daze after reading it, much like a book hangover.

For anyone who loves YA or is considering writing a YA novel, look here for original inspiration.



3. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leviathan

This hilarious, heartwarming story makes me happy just to think about!

From the chance encounter in a porn shop to the best school musical in history, this novel will make you feel all the emotions!

The Will Graysons will forever be two of my favourite fictional characters.





it's kind of a funny story ned vizzini2. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

I’m glad that this book was funny because otherwise I don’t think I could have coped!

This novel has had such a huge impact on both my writing and the way I perceive everything around me and in my own head.

It is a novel with a map to somewhere wonderful, you just need to let it take you there.





1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Geeks, The Smiths, and the best friendship of all time all in one book – need I continue?

I seem to choose the books that break my heart while making me laugh at the same time – it’s like I’m punishing myself! However it is quite the opposite.

If I ever write a general fiction novel, I will aspire to be half as good as this book – and even that would take a miracle.

I just want to dive right back into the book just because I’m taking about it!

If you do nothing else before you die – read this.


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8 comments on “Top 5 YA General Fiction Books”

  1. These are excellent books and authors! Now I’m curious to read Skellig. Have you read Neil Schusterman? His books would be a good fit on your your list here.

    1. You should definitely read Skellig. He also wrote a prequel(ish) book called ‘My Name is Mina…” which is just as good.

      I haven’t read anything by Schusterman, but I have heard of Scythe – I’ll have a look!

  2. Ah man, Perks and It’s Kind of a Funny Story are classics. The latter one pretty much shaped my teen years, such a raw and beautiful book. Out of the other three, which ones would you recommend reading first?

  3. I read Perks last year and absolutely loved it. What a beautiful story. I have heard there is a movie adaptation but I am scared of watching it in case it turns to be a disappointment haha. I am really curious about Its Kind of a Funny Story. Sounds like a great read.

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