Five young adult authors to check out


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College students should try to read “The Happiness Project” by Gretchen Rubin, “Outliers: The Story of Success” by Malcolm Gladwell, “Peak Performance: Success in College and Beyond” by Sharon Ferrett and “What the Best College Students Do” by Ken Bain.

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From some of our favorite young adult books, to new and noteworthy releases, check out this list of three well-known young adult authors, and three debuting young adult authors for an easy start in the genre.

John Green

John Green has come out with an abundance of popular young adult novels since 2005. Green’s books will make you laugh, cry, and honestly feel all of the feels.

Green’s first book released in 2005 was “Looking for Alaska.”  One of Green’s most popular releases was in 2012, “The Fault in Our Stars.” Green has also written “Paper Towns”, “An Abundance of Katherine’s”,and his most recent release, “Turtles All the Way Down.”

If you haven’t read at least one of Green’s books, you should get on it, and if you aren’t a big reader, many of Green’s releases have been adapted into feature films.

Rachel Lynn Solomon

Solomon’s debuting novel, “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Gone”, was released in January of this year.

Solomon has another novel coming out in the Spring of 2019, which I personally am excited to check out. You can read a sneak peek of “Our Year Of Maybe” on her website.

You can also check out Solomon’s writing in “It’s A Whole Spiel”, a young adult anthology by Jewish writers, coming out in the Fall of 2019.

J.K Rowling

I couldn’t even imagine making this list without adding J.K Rowling, who filled many childhoods full of magical creatures, an enchanting school, and a (mostly) delightful, and memorable set of characters.

We all know J.K Rowling as the author of the “Harry Potter” book series, but Rowling has also written three companion books to “Harry Potter.”

Keep the magical world alive by checking out “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” “Quidditch Through the Ages” and “The Tales of Beedle of the Bard,” three companion books that expand the lore of the “Wizarding World.”

On top of all of that, Rowling has also written, “The Casual Vacancy”, And the Cormoran Strike Trilogy. These releases show Rowling’s ability to write outside of her popular fantasy series.

Derek Milman

Like a good spooky, drama-packed book with the perfect touch of humor involved? Then check out Milman’s debuting novel, “Scream All Night.”

“Scream All Night” is expected to be published on July 24 of this year.

Milman’s themes and writing style are showing potential for a feature film adaptation.

Sarah Dessen

Dessen has been writing romance-filled realistic fiction books since 1996. Her first published book was called “That Summer.”  One of Sarah Dessen’s most popular books is, “Along for the Ride.” She has written quite a lot of books, just a few of them include:“Just Listen”, “Lock and Key”,”This Lullaby”, and “The Moon and More.”

Two of Dessen’s books “That Summer”, and “Someone Like You”, were combined and a movie adaptation called “How to Deal” starring Mandy Moore, released in 2003.

If you are a Dessen fan, challenge yourself to read one or both of her books that got adapted into “How to Deal”, and even watch the movie. It’s always fun to find the similarities and differences between book and film.