Have you ever read a book that made you forget your stresses and put you into a happier mindset? Good books give us small bits of happiness, and distract our brain from all the stresses and challenges that come up everyday. Reading is a great activity to distract and de-stress us but it also helps us focus, relax, and may even help us live longer. Below, we list our top YA teen books to read.
By Marissa Meyer
The main characters of this book are The Renegades, people with extraordinary abilities who created order in what once was a chaotic society. They are a symbol of justice and hope. But the villains they overthrew seek revenge.
This is a sci-fi action, page turning novel that revolves around the two worlds of good and evil. The book twists with plots of love, deception and revenge in an attempt to maintain peace and justice against the uprising of anarchy.
By James Dashner
With relatable characters and heart pounding action, The Maze Runner is one of the top fantasy books, absorbing you into a new reality, allowing you to forget your worries and stresses. This book is so good that it became a current trending movie series, The Maze Runner. Have you watched these movies?
Not to reveal too much; the book is about Thomas and other teen boys, who can remember nothing but their names after waking up in The Lift. They must leave this place, and get back to reality. The boys are surrounded by monsters and large stone walls, and outside of them is a maze that changes its shape every night. One day a girl arrives. The first girl to ever arrive in the Glade, and she comes bearing a horrifying message.
By Ally Condie
If you’re a Hunger Games fan, this book is for you. We consider it one of the top YA books of 2022! It is based in a dystopian world, in which everyone’s lives – including who they marry – are strictly controlled by The Society. The main character, Cassia gets matched with her best friend, but when another face also flashes on the screen, she is faced with choices she never knew she had. She must make an impossible choice. Matched is a page-turner and a must-read.
By Philip Pullman
This is another top fantasy book, which led to the HBO Original Series, His Dark Materials.
The main character, Lyra, has spent her life at Jordan College alongside her best friend Roger. But when Roger disappears, Lyra believes that he has been kidnapped by the Gobblers, an organization that steals children who never return. Lyra braves everything, from armoured bears, witches, and an unknown substance called dust, on her journey to find Roger. This book is a masterwork of storytelling and intrigue. Once you finish reading this book, you will love the rest of the series.
By Jenny Han
Did you watch The Summer I Turned Pretty on Prime? The bright and summery feel of the show gave us a small bit of happiness, and the book is even better. In fact, it is one of the top YA books of 2022.
Belly loves summers, she lives for them. Going up to the beach house, seeing her childhood friends Conrad and Jeremiah, and just living her best life. Everything good and magical always happens during this time. However, this summer is different. Without giving anything away, it is a wonderful read that will make you fall in love with reading again.
We hope that these teen books to read will inspire you to pick-up a new novel, and that you’ll find a small bit of happiness by reading it.
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This list of teen books to read includes top fantasy books and the top YA books of 2022.