What are some good young adult novels/books?

I'm looking for a really good book. Something with adventure with some romance too. Kind of like the Hunger Games. Or just some books that you really liked.

But I don't really like Maximum Ride, Vampire Diaries, basically nothing with overflowing fantasy.

thanks! :)

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  • 9 years ago
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    Some of the best adventure/romance combinations are related to post-apocalyptic or dystopian novels. In the best of those, the scenarios are plausible, without fantasy. These are my favorites - kind of like The Hunger Games:

    Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi - In a near future where oil has run dry, grounded oil tankers are scavenged for parts by teenage crews. Seventeen-year-old Nailer works the dangerous duty, hoping to survive his job and his murderous father. When he discovers a luxury yacht wrecked by a storm, he faces a difficult decision: scavenge the ship to become rich, or rescue the sole survivor, a beautiful, wealthy teenage girl. His decision propels him into more danger, adventure, and love than he had ever counted on!

    The Shore of Monsters and Fall of Darkness by David J. Nix - Five generations earlier, a horde of monsters nearly obliterated humanity. All males are dead or ruined by a monster plague; words like 'father' and 'romance' have lost meaning. When teenager Sky joins an expedition to the shore that falls apart, she must survive amongst the monsters that roam the ruins. She gets unexpected help from a very surprising source. Mystery, action, and romance follow!

    The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - Seven generations have passed since the Return, a plague that reanimates dead humans into creatures that feed on the living. Teenager Mary lives inside one of the last enclaves of uninfected, protected by a chain link fence that surrounds her village. When the fence is breached, Mary flees the village with a small band of survivors. Their flight toward an uncertain salvation is both harrowing and revealing, as they try to determine if they are humanity’s last hope.

    How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff - Fascinating novel about the outbreak of a 21st century world war as seen through the eyes of Daisy, a 15 year old American staying with her cousins on a remote England farm. At first utopian, the kid's existence degenerates into horror as the war encroaches on the farm. Through the several month period covered by the story, Daisy grows from a self-centered girl into a determined survivor. This book will leave a mark on the reader for years to come.

    Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden - In a fantastic coming-of-age novel, Ellie tells the story of the invasion of her homeland of Australia by a foreign power. She escapes to the outback with six of her friends, where they make plans to fight a guerilla war against the occupiers. Ellie tells the story with superb sensitivity and insight, which generates the power that makes a good story a remarkable one. The relationships amongst the teens are incredibly realistic, and the accounts of armed conflicts are riveting.

    Uglies by Scott Westerfield - In a future society, a mandatory operation at age 16 wipes out physical differences, turning "Uglies" into "Pretties". The Pretties are allowed freedom to play, while the Uglies jealously await their turn. Ugly Tally has gotten into trouble that may forfeit her operation. The menacing government offers her a way out: find a group of rebel Uglies, infiltrate, and betray them. Tally agrees, but upon finding the rebels comes to understand the terrible price of becoming pretty.

    This one has less adventure, but very romantic and mysterious: Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta - Taylor finds herself the leader of her boarding school's Underground Community, whose mission is to battle their counterparts at an all-male Cadet encampment and the public high school. For two decades the three factions have waged a game of negotiation, pranks, and sometimes physical violence for control of paths, places, and facilities. One problem: Taylor might have a crush on the leader of the Cadets. The author weaves in a back story about how the whole war started, and how Taylor is unwittingly tied to it. Romance, action, mystery, and plot twists, this is just a great story.

  • 9 years ago


    Like The Hunger Games it's set in the future, and you are "ugly" until you turn 16 and become "pretty" by surgery. It has some adventure and romance... plus things that hover which is always cool!

    The Devouring:

    A horror about creatures called "Vours" that come on the winter solstice and take over your body. Again it has adventure but not so much romance. :D


  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Divergent Veronica Roth

    Delirium by Loren Oliver

    Matched & Crossed by Ally Condie

    Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

    Birthmarked and Prized by Caragh M. O'Brien

    All Dystopian and similar to Hunger Games especially Divergent.

  • Alice
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Try Nokosee: Rise of the New Seminole (http://bit.ly/Nokosee) and its sequel Nokosee & Stormy (http://amzn.to/fqOoph). Both are written from a 17-year-old girl's POV, there is lots of action and adventure and Stormy Jones, the girl in the stories, is a character that will stick with you for a long time. She's far from perfect but she's real enough to want to love her and pull for her during her life on the run with Nokosee. Apparently they're trying to make them into a movie because I found this in a Google search: http://bit.ly/sSYCTb.

    Cherry by Mary Karr. A memoir about teens, sex, drugs and growing up in rural Texas as told through the gritty, beautiful prose of one of America's best writers having taught at Harvard and currently teaching as the Peck Professor of English Literature at Syracuse University. It's a book every teen girl should read. If the opening paragraph doesn't do it for you, nothing will (you can read it on the Amazon link below). I've also supplied you a link to her Harper Collins website where you can see the author describe her life in a revealing teaser for her new book "Lit."



    The Liar's Club by Mary Karr. Another moving memoir recounting her earlier years (you should probably read this one first and then Cherry).


    Bohemian Girl by Terese Svoboda. This is Huck Finn with a girl as the protagonist (and a voice as unique as Huck's which is even more remarkable since it's a book that's just been released) set in the 1860's west. The story begins when 12-year-old Harriet is sold by her father to an Indian to settle a gambling debt. When she escapes the strange mound-building obsession of her Pawnee captor, Harriet sets off on a trek to find her father, only to meet with ever-stranger characters and situations along the way. She escapes with a chanteuse, is imprisoned in a stockade and rescued by a Civil War balloonist, and becomes an accidental shopkeeper and the surrogate mother to an abandoned child, while abetting the escape of runaway slaves.


    She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb. Begins with the life of a school girl with no friends and follows her through many wrong turns until she makes a right one and finds love. The book gives us one of the most memorable characters in literature: Dolores Price.


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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    my name is memory by Ann Brashares. same author who wrote Sisterhood of travel pants

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