Last weekend, the lovely Cait from Notebook Sisters made a list of 30 YA books that changed her world view, which was, in turn, based on a list on the same topic done by Epic Reads. Cait asked in her post what her readers would add to the list, and rather than writing the world's longest comment, I figured I'd write a blog post about it. And then stuff happened and here we are nearly a week later WHOOPS.
ANYWAY. I've read 12 of Cait's 30 books, and a mere 6 of Epic Reads' 30 books, which is pretty pathetic considering how much I love YA. And I didn't want to give you a list that was filled with books that only half deserved to be on there in my opinion, so I'm topping my list out at 20 books. Because of reasons.
Code Name Verity - Elizabeth Wein
A book that will teach you about friendship and sacrifice. Also a book that will tear your heart out and jump on the pieces.
Tomorrow, When the War Began - John Marsden
Those of us who live in the city are pretty much screwed if there's a war. The country kids? They'll be okay.
Pushing the Limits - Katie McGarry
Seeing things in black and white isn't always a good thing.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
Bravery can come from the least expected places. And friendship can overcome pretty much anything.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
Love can find you when you least expect it. And sometimes? Your hero is actually an asshat.
The Knife of Never Letting Go - Patrick Ness
Be grateful that no one can hear your thoughts.
Saving Francesca - Melina Marchetta
The people you thought were your friends can be just as toxic as internet trolls. And the people you thought you'd never EVER be friends with? Can be just the people you need in your life.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
Just because someone doesn't act the way you expect, doesn't mean they're not just as human as you.
Speak - Lauren Halse Armstrong
Sometimes, the things that are the hardest to say? Are the things that need to be said the most.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone - Laini Taylor
Your exterior can change. It's what's inside that counts. Also, family doesn't end with blood.
The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
Friendships can be made in the most unlikely of places.
Love and Leftovers - Sarah Tregay
The book that made me realise that maybe poetry isn't as bad as I thought it was.
Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
Don't judge people based on surface appearances.
Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher
Your words can have consequences you wouldn't even anticipate.
Cinder - Marissa Meyer
What others see as a weakness can actually be your strength.
Divergent - Veronica Roth
Pigeonholing people is bad.
Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein
There were non-Jewish people in concentration camps, and their stories are important too.
Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
Sometimes, biting the hand that feeds you gets you an equally shitty hand.
My Life Next Door - Huntley Fitzpatrick
Your parents are human too, did you know?
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
It's never too late to change.
What YA books have changed your world view?