Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

Each year, the Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure. The lists of popular or topical titles are widely available in paperback and represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

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2017 Popular Paperbacks Categories:

Biography: Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story: This selection of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs highlights the struggles young adults face in forming their identities and deciding what kinds of people they want to be.

Horror: Better Dead than Unread: The committee's update of the 2011 Chillers and Thrillers list showcases the abundance of horror books for young adults.

Living Overseas: Stranger in a Strange Land: This list of young adults living in foreign countries and attempting to navigate new languages supports YALSA's 2016 Teen Read Week's multilingual Read for the Fun of It theme.

Mental Health: Invisible Wounds: According to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 1 in 5 teens have or will develop a serious mental illness. This list takes a look at how mental health and mental illness is portrayed in books for young adults.


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