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Young Adult

Young adult literature is for readers aged between 12 and 18, although many adults are known to enjoy the genre as well. The conflicts the characters go through are relevant to teens. The protagonist as well as the majority of the key characters are in that age group as well. The protagonist is close to the experiences in the book; the story is not told with the hindsight of adulthood.

There is significant genre crossover when it comes to young adult fiction, and there is a romantic subplot in almost every story.

The young adult subgenres seen here reflect most, but not all, of what's being published today. Book Country's genre map will continue to change as new literary categories emerge and others fall out of fashion. If you write young adult or middle grade, explore the different subgenres to connect with other like-minded writers, workshop, and publish your book.


  • Young Adult Contemporary
  • Young Adult Fantasy
  • Young Adult Historical
  • Young Adult LGBTQ
  • Middle Grade
  • Young Adult Mystery/Thriller
  • Young Adult Paranormal
  • Young Adult Romance
  • Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian
  • Young Adult Steampunk

Landmark Young Adult Titles

Here are select young adult must-read titles:

  • AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir is a Landmark Young Adult Fantasy Title on Book Country.  
  • TWO BOYS KISSING by David Levithan is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • BELZHAR by Meg Wollitzer is a Landmark Young Adult Title on Book Country.  
  • Young Adult Contemporary Book – The Fault in Our Stars  
  • Young Adult Fantasy Book – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  
  • Young Adult Historical Book – Between Shades of Gray  
  • Young Adult LGBTQ Book - The Perks of Being a Wallflower  
  • Middle Grade Book - Wonder  
  • Young Adult Mystery/Thriller Book - I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You  
  • Young Adult Paranormal Book - Twilight  
  • Young Adult Romance Book - Anna and the French Kiss  
  • Young Adult Science Fiction/Dystopian Book – The Hunger Games  
  • Young Adult Steampunk Book – Etiquette and Espionage  

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