There are so many hyped YA novels that everyone seems to talk about and I thought it might be nice to shine a light on some YA books that I feel like do not receive enough attention. Most of these books have under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads!
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord
I was so surprised to see that The Names They Gave Us only has 4, 381 ratings on Goodreads! I absolutely adored everything about this book. It is beautifully written with memorable and realistic characters. I love that the story is set at a summer camp and it brought me a lot of nostalgia. I now plan on reading everything by Emery Lord.
Gunslinger Girl by Lyndsay Ely
Gunslinger Girl only has 1,258 ratings on Goodreads! I saw a lot of people talking about this book when it first came out in January but I do not hear a lot about it these days. This book was so much fun! It is a Western set in a dystopian world but there is also a circus show! It sounds wild and it is, but in a really entertaining and amazing way!
The Beauty That Remains by Amanda Woodfolk
The Beauty That Remains is a newer release but I am still surprised that is only has 739 reviews on Goodreads! This is a book that deserves so much more attention. It is focused on grief and the power of music. I truly loved every single minute of it and was connected to each of the characters. It is one of the best YA novels that I have ever read, and it is Ashley Woodfolk’s debut novel! I can not wait to see watch she writes next.
The Hanging Girl by Eileen Cook
The Hanging Girl is the first YA mystery/thriller that I ever read and it was a great way to discover the genre. It is one of the few thrillers that I have read that truly kept me on the edge of the seat and I did not see ANY of the twists coming. I would think I had figured out what was going on and then another twist would come and knock me off my seat. I also appreciated that the twists were not unrealistic or unbelievable.
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
I have not seen a lot of people talking about You Bring the Distant Near and it only has 1,615 ratings on Goodreads. It is a beautiful story that takes place over the course of three generations. It focuses on what it is like to be an immigrant and how difficult in can be to find your place. It is about families, love and friendships and it is beautiful.
The Unlikelies by Carrie Firestone
The Unlikelies is a perfect summer read, if you couldn’t tell from the cover! It surprises me that it only has 720 ratings on Goodreads. It is very fast-paced and I love that is was set in the Hamptons. The story centers around a new group of friends that are each completely different but form such a strong bond that was a joy to read about. It also takes on some heavy topics, such as drug addiction, and it does it in a realistic way.
Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
It has been years since I read Where the Stars Still Shine but I remember it like it was yesterday. While it has 8,328 ratings on Goodreads, I do not think it is a book anyone talks about anymore! It is the story about Callie, who was kidnapped by her mother, and she is found twelve years later and returned home to her father. It is an adjustment for her and I was so invested in her story. I absolutely adored her father, and although I am not a huge fan of romance, I really adored her love interest!
I am always on the hunt for underrated YA novels so I would love to hear your recommendations!
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?