Young adult books are often written off as being only for teenagers, but that's not true at all. In my experience, they offer some of the best stories you could read. From romances, to darker issues, even to werewolves and vampires, there are young adult books for everything, and here are some of my favorites.
1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Some young adult books just grab you and they sit you down so you can't stop reading, and then by the end of the book you're crying because it's over. And I don't mean that beautiful movie cry where the girl has one delicate tear rolling down her cheek as she gazes into the horizon. No, I'm talking about disgusting sobbing as you rock back and forth cradling the book to your bosom. Because that's exactly what I did. Oh goodness, The Fault in Our Stars was painful to read, but it HURT SO GOOD. It's a story about a girl with cancer, and essentially her finding life again with a boy, Augustus Waters. It's not an overly dramatic book or anything--in fact, I find it to be one of the most authentic portrayals of teens today. The intense emotion comes from the deep connection that develops with the characters. It's witty and superbly written, so don't worry about it being a downer. Just... read it.