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Sensational summer reads for young adults

Updated: Sep 2

A roundup of excellent books for teens which are also ideal for grown-ups who have found themselves in a reading rut!

Parents often mention that they used to read a lot before having children but have been unable to find time or concentrate since. YA books are a brilliant way to get back into reading. They're almost always set in the present, told in the first person, fast-paced & easy to read. Here are a few that I've enjoyed recently... All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O'Donoghue is an utterly unputdownable, sparkling and spooky thriller by an Irish author that's also set in Ireland. Read our review...

This Can Never Not Be Real by Sera Milano is an incredibly powerful book which takes readers right into the centre of a terrorist attack at a festival in a small town. Read our review...

Instructions for Dancing is another amazing meditation on life and love by Nicola Yoon, the New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything and The Sun is Also a Star. Read our review...


The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person by Frederick Joseph is a book that every white person should read, even if they don't think they are racist. Read our review...


Love is a Revolution by Renée Watson captures all the uncertainty of adolescence and explores why our most important relationship is the one we have with ourselves. Read our review...


The Outlaws Scarlett & Browne by Jonathan Stroud is an exciting dystopian tour de force, with razor-sharp tension from start to finish. Read our review...


The Dark Lady is an exhilarating tour of Elizabethan London infused with magic and mystery, written by activist and artist, Akala. Read our review...


Savage Her Reply by Deirdre Sullivan, with illustrations by Karen Vaughan, is a magnificent retelling of an Irish legend and the first book ever reviewed on the Paperback Snob blog! This recently won Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards and Book of the Year at the KPMG Children's Books Ireland Awards. Read our review...


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