Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults

About the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
To encourage young adults to read for pleasure by presenting to them lists of popular or topical titles which are widely available in paperback and which represent a broad variety of accessible themes and genres.

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Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) logo

Gowns Greasepaint and Guitars

2013 Selection(s)

Beat the Band

Calame, Don. Candlewick. 2011. $7.99.

They plan to rock the Battle of the Bands even if they don't know how to play.


Anthony, Jessica. Illus. Rodrigo Corral. Razorbill. 2012. $19.99

All Glory wants to play anymore is Chopsticks....  


Donnelly, Jennifer. Ember. 2010. $9.99.

Guilt, guitars, time travel, and insanity.   

Secrets of my Hollywood Life: Broadway Lights

Calonita, Jen. Poppy. 2011. $8.99.

Kaitlin's a TV star ...can she make it on Broadway?

The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet

Dionne, Erin. Puffin. 2010. $6.99.

Hamlet Kennedy wants to blend in, not be an actress!    

When the Stars Go Blue

Ferrer, Caridad. St. Martin's Griffin. 2010. $9.99.

Carmen plays out on and off the field.

Boarding Schools to Summer Camps

2013 Selection(s)


Paley, Sasha. Simon & Schuster. 2010. $8.99.

Can complete opposites April and Wil survive fat camp?

The It Girl

von Zigesar, Cecily. Poppy. 2005.

You can take the girl out of the Upper East Side, but you can't take the Upper East Side out of the girl.

The Mockingbirds

Whitney, Daisy. Little, Brown. 2012. $8.99.

Who's really in charge at this prestigious boarding school?


van de Ruit, John. Razorbill. 2008. $9.99.

Adventures, mishaps, and hijinks at an all-boys school.