Looking to read a new type of book by your favorite author? Many authors write across age groups, moving from one age bracket to another and back again. After all, age is just a number! Check out our authors who crossover into YA and adult books below.
Here’s Why: If you like stories where things are not what they seem, Kimberly McCreight is your girl. The Outliers is a fast-paced series where one girl learns that in order to survive, it is vital to trust your instincts. McCreight focuses on listening to your gut feeling again in Reconstructing Amelia, in which a single mother reconstructs her teenaged daughter’s life to piece together the shocking truth about the last days of her life.
Here’s Why: Jodi Picoult is a writing powerhouse – she’s written over 20 books! If anyone knows how to build page-turning stories of unusual situations filled with flawed and endearing characters, it’s her. My Sister’s Keeper was a hit novel made into a 2009 feature film starring Cameron Diaz and Abigail Breslin (grab the tissues). Paring up with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, together they wrote Between the Lines, a romantic and charming story about the fantastical power of fairy tales. We’re adding both of these to our TBR list!
Here’s Why: Eleanor & Park deals with the most teenage of feelings: first love while Attachments (one of Rainbow Rowell’s adult books!) tackles love in an office setting. Although they might sound different, they both have witty banter and characters you’ll feel like are your friends in trademark Rainbow Rowell fashion.
Here’s Why: These two books are pretty different from each other, there’s just no getting around it. The Crash of Hennington has a mysterious herd of rhinoceros that wander the city-streets paired with reclaiming a long lost love. The Rest of Us Just Live here showed us that sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. These two stories show the range and varied style that Patrick Ness is capable of—we’ll be picking up both, for sure.
Here’s Why: Queen of contemporary stories with a dash of sophistication, these are perfect for readers who prefer a sparkly tiara. The Princess Diaries is about a girl named Mia, a freshman who all of a sudden learns her father is loyalty (something that really only ever happens in the movies). Cabot features also Hollywood-style romance in her adult book She Went All the Way, in which her main character Lou finds herself stranded in the mountains with a superstar actor. These larger than life moments featuring ordinary characters make Meg Cabot’s books must reads for all.
Here’s Why: All hail Neil Gaiman! Sleeper and the Spindle is a beautiful, reimagined retelling with gorgeous illustrations throughout to heighten the dark story. American Gods, winner of numerous awards, is about two characters who embark on a profoundly strange, gripping, and unsettling journey across the heart of the USA, while all around them a storm of preternatural and epic proportions threatens to break. ADD TO CART. ADD TO CART.
Here’s Why: Somehow James Patterson has written 293814783246938749 books, and some of them are YA! If you’ve already read his page-turning adult books like the thriller Along Came a Spider starring detective Alex Cross, try out his YA series! Witch & Wizard. Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. Whit Allgood and his sister Whisty went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. And now, just how different they are-special, even-if just beginning to be revealed in a strange new world. Interested? Uhm, YAS please.
Here’s Why: Sea of Shadows takes place in the Forest of the Dead where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, and twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned. CREEPY. If this is your style, check out Kelley Armstongs books for adults, the Otherworld series, starting with Bitten. Elena Michaels is the world’s only female werewolf. And she’s tired of it. Tired of a life spent hiding and protecting, a life where her most important job is hunting down rogue werewolves. Tired of a world that not only accepts the worst in her–her temper, her violence–but requires it. Worst of all, she realizes she’s growing content with that life, with being that person.
Here’s Why: If you like reading about what happens at boarding school or summer camps, check out these two novels by Meg Wolitzer. In Belzhar, 15-year-old Jam Gallahue is having difficulty moving on with her life when her first love dies. After nearly a year of being mired in grief, her parents send her to a boarding school in rural Vermont that specializes in “emotionally fragile” teens. The Interestings is a novel for adults, and begins with six teenagers at a summer camp for the arts who become inseparable. Decades later the bond remains powerful, but so much else has changed. This novel about what becomes of early talent, and the roles that art, money, and even envy can play in close friendships.
Here’s Why: First of all, we <3 Lauren Oliver. For those who haven’t read her debut novel Before I Fall, this story raises thought-provoking questions about love, death, and how one person’s life can affect so many others. Longtime fans of her YA books should check out Rooms, a tale of family, ghosts, secrets, and mystery, in which the lives of the living and the dead intersect in shocking, surprising, and moving ways. Our new favorite hobby? Reading every book by this rock-star author!
Here’s Why: In Every Exquisite Thing, Nanette O’Hare is an unassuming teen who has played the role of dutiful daughter, hardworking student, and star athlete for as long as she can remember. But when a beloved teacher gives her his worn copy of The Bugglegum Reaper–a mysterious, out-of-print cult classic–the rebel within Nanette awakens. Even if you’ve already seen the movie The Silver Linings Playbook, be sure to read the novel too. In this book for adults, Pat believes his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki.
Here’s Why: If you’re interested in the darker side of humanity, Dan Wells is the author for you. Partials is a story of survival. Humanity is all but extinguished after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. But sixteen-year-old Kira is determined to find a solution. As she tries desperately to save what is left of her race, she discovers that that the survival of both humans and Partials rests in her attempts to answer questions about the war’s origin that she never knew to ask. In I Am Not a Serial Killer, dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something different about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat—and to appreciate what that difference means.
Here’s Why: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret is considered a classic YA novel, although it’s not without controversy (the book has been on banned book lists since it’s publication). No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it’s not long before she’s found a solution. Judy Blume’s adult novel also focuses on changes that occur whether we want them to or not. In the Unlikely Event is the story of three generations of families, friends, and strangers, whose lives are profoundly changed during one winter. At the center of an extraordinary cast of characters are fifteen-year-old Miri Ammerman and her spirited single mother, Rusty. Their warm and resonant stories are set against the backdrop of a real-life tragedy that struck the town when a series of airplanes fell from the sky, leaving the community reeling.