10 Popular YA Novels I’ve Never Read

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chboksy

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I’m not entirely even sure what this book is about. I think it’s a coming-of-age story? And they made a movie that looks pretty good starring Emma Watson? I think I’ve never read it because I don’t really know what it is.

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Anything by Sarah Dessen

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I know Dessen is incredibly popular and that Netflix has plans to adapt a number of her books. However, I don’t read much YA romance, so I never got around to reading anything by her!

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Caraval trilogy by Stephanie Garber

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I admit this trilogy actually looks pretty interesting. I think it was just one of those times when I saw the books EVERYWHERE and somehow the over-saturation made me lose interest.

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The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

Contemporary YA is not something I read a lot of–I prefer fantasy. So John Green’s work never really piqued my interest. Then I read one book by him and I didn’t like it.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before

It’s probably a good book, but I just don’t read a lot of YA romance.

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Legend Series by Marie Lu

What is this series even about? Maybe I should look it up? It’s probably actually really good?

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A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Okay, I don’t really know anything about Sarah J. Maas’ work except that some it caused some controversy for having explicit sex scenes and people thought it should not have been marketed as YA. That’s…not really something that makes me think, “Yes, I need to pick up this book!” Even though it’s not the author’s fault.

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Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

Now that there seem to be at least seven books in this series, I have to admit I’m a little afraid to even begin reading it. That’s a lot of books! A lot of commitment!

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Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer


Because I have never read a Twilight book, I have no comment on the quality of the work. I just didn’t read the series because paranormal romance isn’t a genre I really enjoy.

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Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The movie trailer looked cute. But, again, it’s a contemporary YA romance, not something I’ve ever felt strongly about picking up.

What do you think? Am I missing out? Should I try some of these popular reads?

51 thoughts on “10 Popular YA Novels I’ve Never Read

  1. salonimore1702 says:

    Definitely read “The Perks of Being A Wallflower”–it’s one of my favourite books! It’s absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking and wholesome all at the same time. And it’s incredibly short too! The film adaptation was pretty good though the book was definitely better! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. mphtheatregirl says:

    Well, I also didn’t read The Twilight Series- don’t like them due to the whole vampire thing.

    Another Popular YA I refuse to read it Hunger Games- to grotesque for my test

    I love fantasy


    • Krysta says:

      Yeah, I’m not really interested in vampire books in general. I think I may have read…one? Ever?

      I do like The Hunger Games, too! It’s an interesting read because the concept is violent, but the violence itself is never graphically depicted.


          • mphtheatregirl says:

            Don’t like vampires. As for Hunger Games- too grotesque for my test.

            Sometimes I feel like my interests in books are quite different from those around my age. I don’t like Marvel, Hunger Games, and Twilight- along with Nicholas Sparks.


  3. Kat Impossible says:

    I’ve read everything except for Throne of Glass and the Sarah Dessen book and … I feel like you haven’t really missed out that much? I enjoyed a lot of those books (namely The Fault in Our Stars, To All the Boys … and even Twilight when I was younger), but I also always felt like a pariah, because I didn’t enjoy the likes of Caraval, Legend and especially The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I failed to connect with that last one on every level haha


    • Krysta says:

      Hyped books are always so tricky because it feels awkward when you just don’t connect with a popular book the same way everyone else seems to! And sometimes I see hyped books around so much, I just lose interest completely.

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  4. followinggoodbooks says:

    I have read several of these, and I did enjoy them all. Guess they were popular for a reason, lol. I need to read the perks of being a wallflower and caraval. The court of thorns and roses is more of an adult book, I think, for a variety of reasons. This was a fun post!


  5. Never Not Reading says:

    I didn’t realize the Perks of Being a Wallflower was YA? After watching the movie I guess I can see that. It’s on my “eventually” list. It’s kind of about trauma, really. You’re not missing out on Caraval, super over-hyped, medium quality.


      • Never Not Reading says:

        Not like the Night Circus in ANY WAY, definitely agree. And also agree, standard YA fantasy the relies on an interesting concept to keep readers from noticing the lackluster world building and/or writing. Honestly, this book made me remember why I’d given up on YA fantasy in the first place. Ouch. I didn’t hate it, I swear! lol


    • Krysta says:

      I think Perks was YA before YA was a marketing label? That’s kind of the way I see it, anyway!

      I have one friend who really loves Caraval, but we tend to have very different reading tastes, so I’ve always taken that as sort of sign that I wouldn’t be too impressed.

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  6. Sam@WLABB says:

    I have actually read all of these but Twilight. Once I see a film, I won’t read the book. I love Dessen’s books, and Along for the Ride is one of my favorites. The Legend series is one of my favorites, and Laura Jean is on my list of favorite literary characters. I think I read all of these well after they came out, and I enjoyed them.


    • Krysta says:

      I’ve only seen I think the second half of the last Twilight film. It’s kind of weird to contemplate that there’s this huge part of pop culture that I only hazily understand has sparkly vampires and a love triangle with a werewolf. Haha.

      Sometimes I think it’s better to read books after the hype has died down. Much less pressure to give it a glowing review like everyone else. You can just enjoy the book on your own terms.


      • Sam@WLABB says:

        My daughter was the right age to hope on that fandom, so I saw all the films with her. I always feel like the movies included the biggest things from the books, so I never feel compelled to go back and read the source.

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  7. Emily @frappesandfiction says:

    i thought i would hate To All the Boys I’ve Loved before, but it was actually SURPRISINGLY good. I’d read it when you’re in a summery mood and you want something fluffy. I haven’t read many of the others, but I will say TFIOS and the Legend series are both kind of overhyped


  8. Zezee says:

    I’ve read a few on this list, but the Perks of Being a Wallflower is the only one I can vouch for because it’s the only one I liked. I even marked it as a favorite on Goodreads. I do wonder if I’d feel the same about it if I reread it.


  9. Lindsey says:

    Twilight is the only one Iโ€™ve read but that was many years ago. Iโ€™ve had a few of these on my list for a while but like you I havenโ€™t read the rest of them. Not sure if the hype puts me off further? Great post!


  10. Paige @ Reading Paiges says:

    I actually unhauled my copy of Everything Everything, it was okay but once you’ve read it, you don’t feel like rereading it ever again.

    I 2 star’d Caraval and dnf’d the sequel Legendary, I just couldn’t stop losing interest in it and just found it boring and I remembered … nothing from it.

    Throne of Glass is an AMAZING series, yes it seems pretty ‘okay’ until book three and wow it really does take off. Basically because book one and two is just building up to what’s going to happen, talking a lot about past events and such and just wow, I honestly think you should give it a go. Plus the court at the end, you’ll just love them all!

    I also REALLY love ACOTAR, but then I’m a abuse survivor (physical, sexual, emotional, mentally) and really related so much to the characters in the series, plus you cannot help but fall in love with the Inner Circle!


  11. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    Awesome post — I love how direct the explanations are here. XD

    I personally find Maas’s writing abhorrent. I just cannot get into it. Her characters are flat and predictable, there are tropes everywhere, and the writing is so simplistic I just get bored. I recognize a lot of people love her books — and I admit, I’ve only read two of her books, but I just can’t. I don’t think you’re missing on much.

    I also DNF’d the Legend books. I read the first one, but the writing didn’t work for me. I started the second to see if it improved — nope. So, I walked away at 20% complete. As an adult reading YA I have to feel like the writing is good to keep reading.

    I’m with you on Caraval. The hype was so extreme I turned away from it.

    When I read your description “Anything by Sarah Dessen” I thought it was a typo. She has a book called Saint Anything and I thought you were referring to that at first! I thought, well, that’s awfully specific. XD


    • Krysta says:

      I just read The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu and while the writing style wasn’t terrible, I didn’t find it as “lyrical” and “magical” as other people seem to. Though I could tell she was trying to be lyrical.

      Haha! In fact, I was unaware there was a book called Saint Anything! XD

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      • Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

        The Kingdom of Back is her newest release, right? Her writing MUST have improved. I’m sure I’ll read some of her books again someday– Younger writers deserve grace to grow, particularly if you’re reading their debut works!


        • Krysta says:

          It is her latest publication, though apparently the first book she wrote. I haven’t read anything else by Lu, however, so I can’t say how it compares to her other works.

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