Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Adult Novels I Would Recommend to YA Readers

adult novels for ya readers

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is focused on recommending novels for a specific group of people. I often see readers who focus mainly on YA mention that they would like to pick up more adult novels, but don’t know where to start. So, mine is a list of books that share similar themes with many YA novels and would make for a good transition into the world of adult fiction. 

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles 
In 1937, a chance encounter takes Katey Kontent from struggling secretary into the exclusive upper ranks of Jazz Age New York City. 

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison 
After losing his family in a horrific accident, Benjamin Benjamin becomes a professional caregiver for wheelchair-bound teenager Trevor, who ends up showing him how to heal.

The Passage by Justin Cronin
A breach at a US Government facility unleashes a disease that quickly changes the Amercian people. Big, layered, vampire-ish goodness. 

Lexicon by Max Barry
Words are weapons that can be used to persuade in this alternate version of the United States, where gifted “poets” can use language to unlock the minds of others. 

The Last Girlfriend on Earth by Simon Rich
A collection of short (very short!), hilarious stories about finding, falling in and losing love. 

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
After fourteen year-old June loses her favorite uncle to a new illness, a mysterious man she meets at his funeral helps her heal. 

The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
Fame, jealousy and relationships all collide in Wolitzer’s amazing novel about a group of friends who meet as teens and stay in touch through adulthood. 

Girlchild by Tupelo Hassman
In a collection of memories, arrest records, diary entries and social worker reports, Girlchild tells the story of Rory Hendrix, desperate to climb up from the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother.

The Love Song of Jonny Valentine by Teddy Wayne
Eleven year-old Jonny Valentine is a mega-star, but everything he does is pre-packaged, monitored or staged. A funny but insightful look into the world of pop stardom. 

In Between Days by Andrew Porter
Chloe Harding gets kicked out of her East Coast college, but refuses to tell anyone why. Her return home to Houston sets of a chain of tense events that make In Between Days hard to put down.