7 Young Adult Books You Must Read

7 Young Adult Books You Must Read

Some of my favorite novels that I think are worth sharing.

We all have those books that will stay with us forever. We all have those characters that somehow manage to grow up along with us. We all have those books that we'll always go back to read no matter how old we may be. It's simply the magic of a good book. Therefore, here's a list of books that I highly recommend!

1. Fangirl

by Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow Rowell, in general, is one of my favorite authors, but this is my favorite work of hers. She perfectly illustrates what a fandom is along with what college can be like for the anxiety-prone. Rowell also includes aspects of mental illnesses that tie into what it means to be a family during difficult situations. Overall, if you're a Harry Potter fan, are in any fandom, or enjoyed "Eleanor and Park" (also by Rowell), then you'll definitely enjoy this fun read.

2. How to Lead a Life of Crime

by Kirsten Miller

Ok... it's not what it looks like. By no means is this book an instruction manual on what to do if college just doesn't seem to be working out. For those of you who like psychology, this book is definitely for you. Readers follow the main character as he attempts to avenge his brother's death all without losing himself in the process. I'll admit, I've read this book five times so far and each time, it's just as enjoyable.

3. Eleanor & Park

by Rainbow Rowell

Another Rainbow Rowell novel that blew me away. Eleanor & Park has both sad and sweet moments which pull the reader in even more as the two main characters learn to have more self-confidence and to trust each other through the trials they face. This novel is definitely packed full of feels, but the emotional turmoil you may feel is definitely worth the read.

4. A Step Toward Falling

by Cammie McGovern

"A Step Towards Falling," like "Say What You Will" (also by Cammie McGovern) shows readers the personal stories of those with a psychological disorder. In A Step Towards Falling, McGovern not only shows how normal people like Belinda actually are but also illustrates a drastic example of the consequences of being a bystander. I highly recommend any of McGovern's novels since she does such a good job of showing readers a perspective they may never see or even consider.

5. The Adventures of Jacky Faber

A book series by L.A. Meyer

Bloody Jack is always a go-to series for me. It's always a joy to read about Jacky's adventures and reading a fictional and yet somewhat truthful retelling of the past. L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series of twelve novels is for the lovers of historical fiction, adventure, pirates, famous historical events, humor, and sass. Readers follow Jacky Faber in her adventures through Europe, America, Spain, the South China Sea, and many more places. These books take place in the late 1700's to early 1800's. I will say that the audio books for these books are especially good, so if that's your cup of tea, Katherine Kellgren does a great job with the accents and different characters.

6. The Ascendance Trilogy

A book series by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Although this trilogy is more for middle school to early high school level, it didn't keep me from enjoying the quick-witted character of Sage. If you're a lover of major plot twists, suspense, slight mystery, adventure, and a sassy main character, this is a series for you. Readers follow the journey of Sage, an orphan on his quest to live up to his full purpose. Jennifer A. Nielsen does a fantastic job of throwing in some element of surprise into each story, while in addition, she creates a character that can even outsmart the reader.

7. Emmy & Oliver

by Robin Benway

"Emmy & Oliver" is definitely one of the "fluffier" books. It has some of those moments where it's like: "They're so cute I'm going to die" or "Just get together already!!" My fellow shippers of fictional characters will understand this feeling well. Emmy and Oliver, separated at one of the most crucial moments of an elementary student's life (whether the crush is mutual), both must get to know each other again and accept their new differences. The question: Do they both feel the same? If you're looking for a fluffy romance novel to make you feel fuzzy and warm on the inside, this story's for you.

Cover Image Credit: Changing Hands Bookstore

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.

Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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8 Old Katelyn Tarver Songs You Probably Haven't Heard

None of her new songs will ever go as hard as "Chasing Echoes" and that's a fact.


Years ago, I found (through iTunes recommendations) a pretty cool female artist. Later found out she was on "Big Time Rush", and then I found out she had some new songs out. I decided to give her new songs a listen, and they're good. However, I prefer some of her older stuff, which sadly isn't on Spotify. Fortunately, YouTube exists, and I'm here to share the best ones.

1. "Wonderful Crazy"

This is just a fun, upbeat song for when you're having a good day. Would recommend playing in your car with the windows rolled down.

2. "Rain"

I have a very specific memory of a time when this song blessed my life, but for all intents and purposes, it is a beautiful and happy song.

3. "I'll Make It Real"

This is a beautiful song with a wonderful message about staying true to yourself. I used to listen to it on the way to school every day my senior year of high school.

4. "Something In Me"

Featured in the greatest show of all time, "South of Nowhere" season 1 episode 6. A very relatable breakup mood.

5. "Love Alone"

This is definitely the second-hardest-hitting song she's ever released. The fact that this is not on Spotify or even iTunes anymore is just not fair.

6. "Favorite Girl"

This one's cute and upbeat, a definite crush mood. Not on the same level as "Love Alone", but it's still underrated.

7. "Closer to My Heart"

Another cute love song. I'll tie it with "Everything" for cutest love song on her first album. Highly recommend both.

8. "Chasing Echoes"

Facts are facts and the facts are that Katelyn Tarver's new stuff could never go as hard as "Chasing Echoes". I can't even begin to explain how deeply these lyrics cut through me when I was fifteen. Even now, this song can take me all the way back. She is robbing us by not making this available on streaming services (or even to purchase). Katelyn, bring this song back, I am begging you.

Anyway, I'm still enjoying the new stuff and am excited to see what's next.

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