I do read adult books, I promise. But I get so much enjoyment from the wonderfully rich young adult genre that I’ve decided to list those favorites. At first I planned on sticking to the post-apocalyptic/sci-fi/fantasies (my true YA favs), but there was an almost normal one I had to throw in. Here they are in no particular order:
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: The almost normal one about a suicidal teen-aged girl who has suffered a family trauma, finds herself whisked to Paris by her father so she can complete her high school thesis, and gets immersed in the diary of a young woman during the French Revolution. Both classical and modern music are sited along the way, so be sure to turn up the volume on your favorite Radiohead, Smiths, or Ramones tunes as you read.
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld: The second in a steampunk trilogy that has a fact-based different take on the early part of World War I. Think Darwin/enhanced/evolutionary creatures vs giant metal clankers (biological vs mechanical technology). I can’t really explain it.
Ship Breaker by Paola Bacigalupi: Not really a post-apocalyptic tale, but it’s post-oil world might as well be. Young Nailer has a job gutting washed up obsolete oil tankers for whatever he can get. Nailer finds his ticket off the beach and away from his abusive father when he and a friend rescue a rich swank from a shipwrecked clipper.
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: I could not put these books down! An after-the-battle-the-world-is-a-completely-different-place-with-completely-different-rules tale of another teen-age girl taking her world by storm.
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater: I feel a little guilty loving this second installment of a trilogy about people that change into wolves during the winter, but it is beautifully written and I can’t wait until the next one. Also infused with music and lyrics, I think you’ll need The Loft on your sirius/xm dial.