Ocls-blog logo

YA Books for Adults


YA novels have exploded in popularity within the last few years. From Hunger Games to The Fault in Our Stars, they cover a range of topics and offer a new look at the teenage years. Though they’re written with  a teenage audience in mind, that doesn’t mean adult readers don’t enjoy them as well. Here are a few of our favorite YA novels that adults should check out.


The Hate U GiveOne of the most anticipated books of the year, it’s a powerful Black Lives Matter story where a teen witnesses her unarmed friend’s murder in the hands of a police officer. If you saw Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely talk about All American Boys while they visited OCLS, this is your next must-read book.

We Were Liars –The less you know about this book, the better. Great for those who like unreliable narrators, and enjoyed The Girl on the Train.

Everything, Everything A beautiful story about a girl allergic to everything, and how far she goes to see the world. Read it before the movie releases this summer!

City of Saints & Thieves – A thriller compared to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, where a Congo refugee seeks to avenge her mother’s murder.

Unbecoming – A multigenerational tale about a teenage girl, her mom, and her grandmother, and the three secrets they’ve kept that slowly unravel.

American Girls – For those who enjoyed the bestseller The Girls, this is about a young, vulnerable girl new to LA and the threads that connect her to the young, vulnerable Mason girls.


Caraval – Part magic, part artistic, part game for your life, Caraval is perfect for fans of The Night Circus.

An Ember in the Ashes – For fans of Game of Thrones, this dystopian series is just as dark and twisty.

The Wrath and the Dawn – A loose A Thousand and One Nights retelling where a king murders his new wife every night, that is, until one girl dares to try to stop him.


Salt to the Sea – Covering the real 1945 shipwreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff where 9,400 people died, this powerful novel brings a less discussed, but just as tragic, story to life.

Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Case – A novel in verse, about the historical case regarding interracial marriage. 

Alex and Eliza: A Love Story – Who isn’t obsessed with the musical Hamilton? Here’s the new YA historical romance about the courtship of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. 

Alert Icon

North Orange Branch Closure

North Orange Branch is closed for repair. A date for reopening has yet to be established. Learn more about the North Orange Branch closing >