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10 Must-Read Young Adult Books: Top Pick for 2023

Embark on a literary journey through the vibrant world of young adult literature in 2023, joining my daughter and me as we explore her top 10 must-read books.



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10 Must-Read YA Books of 2023


As a parent, there's nothing more heartwarming than witnessing your child's unwavering passion for books. In my case, it's my teenage daughter who never ceases to amaze me with her voracious reading habit. 2023 has been quite the literary journey for her, as she's devoured a remarkable 55 books in just this year alone. From heartwarming romances to thought-provoking, heavier fiction, her bookshelf has seen a diverse increase in her collection of stories that have taken her on countless adventures.


This year, the books she's chosen are a testament to her evolving reading preferences. She's ventured into the realms of romance, explored the depths of heavier fiction, and maintained her love for a wide range of genres that have fueled her imagination throughout her teenage years. But this year, it's not just about her reading journey; it's about our shared literary adventure. I've made it my mission to keep up with her evolving literary tastes, striving to read her top picks whenever possible. And let me tell you, it's been a rollercoaster of mother-daughter bonding and hilarious disagreements over plot lines, cliffhangers and characters.


She's ventured into the realms of romance, and I found myself catapulted into the sometimes murky waters of young adult fiction, all thanks to my unexpected landing in the captivating realm of TikTok's BookTok community. Even the most dedicated fans of young adult romance can find themselves in delightful debates about fictional characters inspired by the vibrant recommendations on this social media platform.


In this blog post, I'm thrilled to share her top 10 must-read young adult books for 2023. From romantic novels to gripping coming-of-age tales, her selection promises to be a diverse and exciting journey for young adult readers, parents, and book enthusiasts alike.


So, whether you're a parent looking for the perfect gift, a fellow teen bookworm seeking new challenges, or just someone who appreciates a well-crafted story, you're in for a treat. Let's delve into the literary world that has captured my daughter's heart this year, and perhaps you'll find a few treasures that resonate with you as well.


Without further ado, let's explore her top 10 picks for 2023 as we embark on a literary adventure that transcends the boundaries of age, connecting generations through the magic of storytelling.7


My Top Must-Read Young Adult Books of 2023



A captivating mystery novel that revolves around Stevie Bell, a young detective who enrolls in the prestigious Ellingham Academy, aiming to solve a cold case involving a kidnapping and murder from the school's history. The story interweaves the past and present, adding layers of intrigue and suspense.



It is a haunting and beautifully written story about the mysterious lives and tragic fates of the five Lisbon sisters, exploring their struggles with isolation, repression, and the mysterious events that lead to their collective demise. The story is narrated by the neighbourhood boys fascinated by the sisters.



An emotionally powerful and deeply moving coming-of-age story that follows the lives of four friends in New York City, delving into their experiences, relationships, and the profound impact of trauma and friendship on their individual paths.



It is a heartwarming contemporary romance that centers on Liz Buxbaum, who dreams of real-life romance that mirrors her favourite romantic movies. Her quest for cinematic love leads her to unexpected and real connections.



An exciting fantasy novel set in a kingdom ruled by twin monarchs, a magical world filled with intrigue and power struggles. Readers will be drawn into the world of court politics and the twins' complex relationship.




In a brutal prison setting, the story follows the trials and challenges faced by a young healer, Kiva, as she navigates a dangerous environment while trying to save lives. Secrets and danger lurk at every corner in this gripping tale.



It is a suspenseful thriller that explores the lingering consequences of the disappearance of two girls during their childhood. As adults, their lives are shaped by the mysteries of their past, and the truth starts to unravel in unexpected ways.



The first book in the Age of Legends series, this fantasy novel introduces a world of ancient prophecies, dark magic, and two sisters, Moria and Ashyn, who must confront supernatural threats and face their destinies as protectors of their land.



A contemporary romance novel that follows the intense and tumultuous relationship between a young woman, Charli, and a charismatic fighter, Paddy. Their connection is both passionate and complicated, and the story explores their journey to find love and redemption.


This is our number one top pick, "Fourth Wing" is likely an exhilarating young adult book that combines swoony romance and a gripping story that you can highlight as the must-read young adult book of 2023.


Perfect Holiday Gifts for YA Readers:


As we approach the holiday season, searching for the perfect gift becomes a delightful mission for many of us. Whether you're a parent looking to surprise your teenage bookworm, a friend seeking to share the joy of reading or even a fellow young adult literature enthusiast, books always make for thoughtful and cherished presents.

This year, my daughter's top 10 must-read young adult books for 2023 offer an array of options that would make fantastic gifts for the young readers in your life. From heartwarming love stories to thrilling mysteries, there's something for everyone. These books would be an ideal addition to your holiday shopping list.


Diverse Selection to Delight Readers of All Ages:


This year's list of must-read young adult books for 2023 brings a diverse and engaging selection that caters to readers of all ages and preferences. From captivating mystery novels like "Truly Devious" to the haunting beauty of "The Virgin Suicides," there's a range of options that will resonate with both teenage girls and young adults seeking enthralling narratives. These books cover various genres, including fantasy, romance, and historical fiction. They provide teenage readers with a rich tapestry of stories that can transport them to magical worlds, explore love stories, and offer poignant coming-of-age experiences.

Incorporating romance into her reading journey, my daughter's 2023 picks demonstrate that even the most dedicated fans of young adult fiction can find fresh enchantment in stories of true love and relationships. From "Better Than the Movies," a contemporary romance offering the perfect blend of cinematic love and real connections, to "Binding 13," a compelling drama that explores the intense emotions of first love and relationships during teenage years, there's a book to suit every taste. Romance, as it turns out, is not limited to clichés but can be a gateway to exploring the intricacies of life, love, and the complexity of the human heart.


For the fans of Greek mythology, the allure of "Twin Crowns" beckons with its rich blend of intrigue, fantasy worlds, and a unique challenge presented by twin monarchs. This book will delight readers of all ages and backgrounds, whether embarking on their first novel or revisiting familiar classics with a gender identity that transcends the boundaries of time and age.


These books offer more than just literary entertainment; they dive into profound themes such as mental health, body image, and family life, allowing readers to explore the real lives of characters who grapple with the challenges of modern times. They also tap into the timeless themes of love, friendship, and identity, echoing the sentiments of classics like "Little Women" and "Jane Eyre" for a new generation of young women and young men.


As we draw the curtains on this literary journey through my daughter's top 10 must-read young adult books for 2023, I'm reminded of the sheer magic that literature can bring into our lives. This year has been an extraordinary chapter in her reading adventure, as she's expanded her horizons beyond the realms of fantasy and young adult fiction, embracing the enchanting world of romance while keeping a firm grip on the gripping mysteries and captivating coming-of-age stories that first sparked her love for books.

Including romance in her reading list is a testament to the evolving tastes of today's young readers; it's also been a blast for my daughter and me. It's like we stumbled upon a treasure chest of stories about first love, relationships, and the wonderful chaos of human connections. We've made popcorn, shared tissues, and even had hilarious debates about the characters. It's been a joyride through her library, where I've introduced her to new books, and she's introduced me to delightful surprises. Who knew that diving into young adult romance could lead to great mother-daughter bonding and endless fun?


From ancient mythologies and a world of Greek gods to contemporary tales that navigate the intricate dynamics of modern love, these stories transcend the boundaries of age and offer something for everyone. It's a reminder that whether you're a college student, a high school student, a childhood friend, or a childhood friend reuniting with classics like "Little Women," the magic of storytelling can capture your heart at any stage in life.


In a world marked by social media, peer pressure, and real-life challenges, these books provide a haven, a momentary escape to magical worlds, a space to contemplate mental health and body image, and an opportunity to immerse oneself in heartwarming love stories and gripping mysteries. They offer a glimpse into the experiences of the younger children, the older teens, and the college students as they grow up.

So, as the holiday season approaches, consider these books not only as literary treasures but also as the perfect gifts for the young readers, teenagers, and young adults in your life. There's no greater gift than the one that opens the doors to new worlds, fosters empathy and stirs the imagination, and these books do just that. They resonate with today's teens, much like classics such as "Jane Eyre" and "Little Women" did with their predecessors, and they serve as a testament to the enduring power of storytelling in the lives of young people.


With that, I invite you to explore these remarkable books, share them with your loved ones, and embark on your own reading journey. After all, in the realm of literature, there are no boundaries, no borders; it's a world where young and old alike can gather to discover the magic of the written word.


Happy reading, and may these books find a special place in your heart, as they have in my daughter's and in the hearts of countless readers before her.


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