Gifted words smith and KBR junior reviewer, Nia Shetty, gives us her top picks for sensational ‘summer’ reading. You don’t have to be in the Northern Hemisphere to enjoy these gritty, provocative and classic YA reads though. Check them out for yourself.
The Class by Erich Segal – Follow the lives of 5 Harvard students from different backgrounds as they navigate personal struggles, relationships, and the challenges of life after college in the 1960s. Recommended for ages 16 and above.
by S.E. Hinton – Explore themes of friendship, loyalty, and social inequality with Ponyboy and the greasers as they navigate their way through 1960s Oklahoma which will do anything to make them feel like outsiders. Recommended for ages 14 and above.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie – Through the lens of Junior, a Native American teenager, he navigates identity, poverty, and cultural expectations while attending an all-white school. Recommended for ages 14 and above.
The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo – Experience the power of poetry in this novel-in-verse that tells the story of Xiomara, a Dominican-American teenager who discovers her voice while challenging societal expectations and family dynamics. Recommended for ages 14 and above.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho – Join Santiago on a transformative journey across the desert as he discovers the true meaning of life, destiny, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. Recommended for ages 14 and above.
The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas – After witnessing the shooting of her unarmed friend by a police officer, Starr Carter stands up for what’s right and uses the power of voice to fight for justice. Recommended for ages 14 and above.
by Louis Sachar – After being falsely accused of theft, Stanley Yelnats is sent to Camp Green Lake, where he is forced to dig holes as punishment. He learns the importance of friendship and how his family misfortune affects him to his day. Recommended for ages 12 and above.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – A gripping dystopian tale where Katniss Everdeen is chosen to fight against other teenagers for survival in a televised competition. A tale of rebellion, love, poverty, and war. Recommended for ages 12 and above.
Vivacious KBR junior reviewer, avid reader and reviewer, Nia Shetty , is also an adept columnist and lead copy magazine editor! Find her work and reviews @niaspage2page on Instagram.