Hub Book Club – Young Adult

It’s been awhile since our last Hub Book Club post, and since March is Reading Month we figured now would be the perfect time to bring it back! This week’s genre: Young Adult. These books are generally written for readers between 12 and 18 years old, however, many adult readers enjoy these texts as well. Generally speaking, the main characters in these novels are 15-18 years old and the themes are often described as “coming of age”. Storylines regularly focus on events that would typically happen during a person’s teenage years.

Whether you’re young, old, or somewhere in between, there are a plethora of books out there categorized as Young Adult, so it’s likely that you’ll be able to find one that excites you. Today we’ve picked 5 books, (one 3 part series), to give a quick overview on, in hopes of peaking your interest with this genre! Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Be More Chill – Ned Vizzini

3.65 Stars

Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Humor, Teen, HIgh School, Fantasy

The author of this book, Ned Vizzini, also wrote the award winning novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story, that was later turned into a popular film starring Emma Roberts, Keir Gilchrist and Zach Galifianakis.

Be More Chill follows the life of high school student Jeremy Heere. Jeremy spends his days longing for the attention of a beautiful girl wishing that he didn’t feel like such a dork. That is until he learns of the “squip,” a pill sized super computer that you can swallow! Once ingested, the computer tells Jeremy how to walk, talk, dress and act, ultimately bringing him from super geeky to super cool. Is the squip worth changing his whole life for though?

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek – Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

3.72 Stars

Tags: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery, Humor, Fiction, Fantasy

Will it novel? Yes! Best friends and comedy duo known for creating the Internet’s most-watched daily talk show, Good Mythical Morning, Rhett McLaughlin and Link Neal worked together to create this sinisterly spooky, yet darkly funny story.

Best friends, Rex and Leif, live in fear of the local reformatory in Bleak Creek that has a history of putting youths back on the straight and narrow, never mind the suspicious deaths that have occurred there over the past decade. Dive in and follow along as Rex and Leif document their journey while trying to break out their friend Alicia from Whitewood Reformatory!

The 5th Wave – 3 Part Series – Rick Yancey

4.03, 3.87 & 3.63 Stars

Tags: Young Adult, Science Fiction, POst Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Aliens, Romance

The 5th Wave, The Infinite Sea, and The Last Star, are the three books in this series by Rick Yancey (no relation to Philip Yancey from our first Hub Book Club). The first of this series is also a movie and is rated at only 15% on Rotten Tomatoes, but was rated in the top 10 when it was available on Netflix at the beginning of 2021. Just as Be More Chill, this book is also classified as Science Fiction, however, the author takes a more dystopian and post apocalyptic approach to the theme.

There are 5 waves of elimination at the end of the world and 16 year old Cassie is fighting to survive. She knows not to trust anyone, but Evan Walker may be her only chance at finding her younger brother. She must decide: Trust or despair, defy or surrender, live or die.

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