Whether you're looking for a few great fiction novels to keep you busy over the holidays or just feel like a change from the books you normally read, this list has you totally covered!
Have you read any of the books on this list and what's your favourite young adult fiction?
1 Violet on the Runway - Melissa Walker
Violet is still learning and discovering things about herself, trying to find a way to fit in and also trying to find out who she truly is, which many young adults can relate to.
Soon she gets scouted by a famous modelling agency and her life is quickly turned upside down. She gets taken to New York for castings and auditions, staying in a model house with others who see her as competition and make her life very hard as an amateur model just starting out.
She gets sucked into another life, one that she starts out thinking of as amazing and glamourous but soon the cracks start to show and she realises there's a lot more to it than meets the eye.
It really highlights how much pressure they are under all the time and Violet has to decide whether or not she wants to be a part of that, or whether she prefers living her own life in a small town, right away from the spotlight and cameras.
2 The Worst Thing She Ever Did - Alice Kuipers
She struggles to cope with the significant loss in a way that she constantly makes out that she is fine on the outside, when really she is breaking apart on the inside where no one can see the truth or understand how hard it is for her and what she's going through.
This ends up holding her back as she finds it impossible to move on, so Sophie goes on a journey of redemption to finally give herself the peace and forgiveness she needs to move on and accept what happened in the process.
3 Slated - Teri Terry
In this gripping dystopian and sci-fi themed book, Kyla had a previous life but committed a crime and was then 'slated' - meaning her memory was erased, personality wiped blank and memories lost forever.
This is what the government do when a crime is committed, they 'slate' the criminal in an attempt to give them a new life or a 'clean slate' (as the term 'slating' comes from) in which they become an entirely new person, given an entirely new identity and assigned a family which they are supposed to believe is their own.
The ones who have been slated aren't supposed to remember anything about their previous life, however Kyla can remember parts of hers and knows the truth of what the government are doing to people.
She tries to recover her memories to find answers about her true identity, not just the one she has been assigned since being slated. However, she's fighting against society and soon has people suspecting her and onto her case which she has to be careful off.
4 Forgotten - Cat Patrick
Throughout the book she goes on a self-discovery journey to find out what her past held and pieces her life together one bit at a time.
In doing this she also finds out many secrets within her family which she can only learn by finding more about herself and her secret, mysterious past.
5 Tough Love - Anne Cassidy
Her world quickly becomes all about him and it's not long before he dominates her life, every thought and action she has and done is with Tony in mind.
She adores him in every way possible but a part of her is wondering if all this is too good to be true...why would a bad boy like Tony (who could have anyone he wants) be looking at her? Tony has secrets, though and is not all good news.
One day a terrible crime is committed. Gina finds herself quickly getting dragged into a very serious situation along with Tony. Gradually her suspicions about him grow that he was directly involved.
Gina discovers what it means to do the right thing and knows that it's best to do this before it's too late.
6 Shift - Em Bailey
Suddenly a new girl, Miranda, comes to her school. From the very beginning Olive can sense there's something different and not right about Miranda, and it's not long before she finds out she's actually a shape-shifter that takes on other people's personalities, completely draining them and taking their power in the process.
As Miranda befriends the most popular girl in school, things quickly start to change. The shape-shifting process starts with Miranda taking her place as queen of the school, then gradually the rest of her life until every aspect of it is hers.
There's another problem though...others are so transfixed by Miranda's popularity and glory that they don't see what's truly going on. They're blinded to what's unfolding right in front of them and the only person who can clearly see it is Olive.
Olive must uncover the truth about Miranda before it's too late. She'll face her worst nightmares as well as coming face to face with pressing issues from her past.
7 The Moth Diaries - Rachel Klein
But one day a new girl arrives at their boarding school, Ernessa. Rebecca can sense there's something different about her, starting with her deathly pale skin and odd manner...almost as though she's a modern-day vampire.
Ernessa befriends Lucy and others in the group, leaving Rebecca feeling both excluded and jealous. Ernessa is slowly but surely becoming more and more powerful, each and every day that she's there.
Rebecca must fight to save her best friend to maintain control as well as get to the bottom of Ernessa's scary and unsettling secret.
8 Every Last Word - Tamara Ireland Stone
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.
9 Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng
10 Far from You - Tess Sharpe
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