The Book Ship: The Voyage Team Recommends YA

As you’ve probably guessed, we are BIG fans of YA here at Voyage. It’s only right that we ship you with some of our favorite titles in YA! Check out the YA books that have stolen our hearts this month.

“I would recommend The Sound of Stars by Alechia Dow. The story is really interesting, and I love how she weaves sci-fi with contemporary events. I was really invested in the characters and their goals. I couldn’t put it down the week I read it and I’ve already sent it to a few friends as gifts.”

-Riv Begun

“I just finished this book I Hope You Get This Message by Farah Naz Rishi that I’d want to recommend! The novel is beautifully woven and a really unique angle to approach an end of the world kind of story. Each of these characters are trying to grapple with aspects of themselves and their families with a possible impending alien destruction looming in the future.” 

-Robin Gow

“I’m currently reading When You Look Like Us by Pamela N. Harris. It’s a timely story that hooks you right from the start. Every word pulls you in more and more. Jay, the story’s protagonist is so relatable and so real that I know I’ll be thinking about him for a long time.”

-Racquel Henry

Technically, You Started It by Lana Wood Johnson. Haley can’t stand Martin, the most insufferable guy in her class. He’s so unlike the other, similarly-named Martin from her school—the one she’s been texting, confiding in, and possibly getting feelings for. But does Haley really know which Martin she’s talking to? I love the creative way this story is told (entirely through text messages!) and how a case of mistaken identity leads to an unlikely friendship. If you’ve ever met that one friend online that you could spend hours chatting with—who just got you in a way no one else did—you’ll probably relate to this duo!”

-Ren Hutchings

“I would like to name The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Not only is it about the power of books to help a person face any situation, but it is also about a lot of firsts and learning to accept those…Learning to accept new people, new friends, learning to love them despite any situation…Learning to empathize with others and also how to pick up the pieces of one’s life after everything is torn apart.”

-Nazia Kamali

“I’d like to suggest The Girl With The Louding Voice by Abi Daré. The protagonist in this novel is fourteen-year-old Adunni, who lives in a village outside Lagos, Nigeria. I loved her fighting spirit and her desire for learning even while she lived in the most dismal conditions. This is a book that got me hooked from the very first line and I had to read it compulsively. Even though it is realistic fiction, it gives the reader the feel of a thriller. The writing is beautiful, the characters are complex and layered, and the theme of feminism and sisterhood shine through the narrative without being preachy in the least.”

-Kasturi Patra

“I really like Dear Justyce by Nic Stone because of the compelling themes of justice and equality, which inspires me to be the advocate that I am for civility.”

-Alex Andy Phuong

“My recommendation is Keep My Heart in San Francisco by Amelia Diane Coombs for its swoony ex-best friends to lovers slow burn and heartbreakingly authentic mental illness rep. If you like setting as character and angsty contemporary romance, this one’s for you.”

-Miranda L. Scotti

“I’d like to recommend With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo. As a high schooler with a two-year-old child, Emoni faces a lot of challenges, but she’s always able to find peace in the kitchen as she creates her own brand of deliciousness in every meal. Emoni’s story is a layered, complex look at the challenges and joys of having a child, and the determination and careful balance required to excel as a teen and as a parent.”

-Adrien Kade Sdao

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