You’ve probably noticed that Young Adult (YA) fiction isn’t just about swoon-worthy romances and heart-pounding adventures. More and more, contemporary YA novels are shedding light on important social issues, encouraging readers to open their minds and hearts. Let’s take a literary journey through some of these thought-provoking reads that are sparking conversations and fostering empathy.

  1. A List of Cages by Robin Roe

In A List of Cages, we follow the touching story of two high school boys – Julian, a quiet, traumatized freshman, and Adam, a popular senior with ADHD. Their paths cross, leading them to form an unlikely friendship that sheds light on the devastating impact of child abuse and the power of human connection. Robin Roe’s novel reminds us of the importance of kindness, empathy, and the bonds that can change lives. Explore more on Goodreads.

  1. The Atlantis Twins by M.S. Kaminsky

Dive into the world of mermaids, family secrets, and love with The Atlantis Twins. As protagonist Alysa Grey searches for her long-lost twin sister, author M.S. Kaminsky weaves themes of trauma and abuse into a paranormal romance aimed at inspiring healing. Alysa’s journey to uncover the truth about her past serves as a poignant reminder that sometimes, being lost can be the first step to finding oneself. Read more here. Full disclosure: this is my book. 🙂

  1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Jennifer Niven’s heart-wrenching novel, All the Bright Places, delves into the complicated world of mental health as we follow the lives of Violet and Finch, two teenagers struggling with depression and loss. Their story highlights the significance of understanding mental health and the importance of reaching out to those in need. Keep your tissues close, and check it out on Goodreads.

  1. Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Are you ready to start a revolution? Moxie is a rallying cry for teenage feminists everywhere. The novel follows the story of Vivian Carter, who, inspired by her mother’s Riot Grrrl past, decides to take a stand against the sexism in her high school. Jennifer Mathieu’s empowering story serves as a reminder that change starts with one brave voice. Get ready to be inspired on Goodreads.

So there you have it, fellow readers – five contemporary YA novels that are not only entertaining but also socially conscious. These books open our eyes to the world around us, fostering empathy and understanding. Happy reading, and don’t forget