2014 was an iconic year for young adult literature. Dystopian novels and trilogies were on a brief “hiatus” during the last year, and 2014 had a wider spectrum of genres. Like any large explosion, the after-affects are to be seen in 2015, where these book trends will be overflowing again.


Even though The Fault in Our Stars by John Green was written in 2012, its popularity hit its peak in 2014, causing plenty of teens to go crazy for its endearing and heartbreaking story. As a result, many authors have published books that deal with grief caused by illness. Examples include, Fly a Little Higher, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and Zac and Mia. Elissa Petruzzi, website editor of RT Book Reviews writes, “From mental illness to cancer, books are tackling issues that affect some teens every day.” Ashley Strickland from CNN calls this “The John Green effect”. 2015 is up for more heartbreaking books like,

A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me By Jason Schmidt

Charisma By: Jeanne Ryan

Every Last Word By: Tamara Ireland Stone

Fig By: Sarah Elizabeth Schantz

Speaking of Green, his first book Looking for Alaska will be re-issued sometime this year.


Once upon a time, 2014 retold many classic fairy tales by mixing modern young adult literature flairs into the stories. Princess of Thorns, Shadows on Snow, and Corral Nocturne are a few examples of this throwback action back last year which caused uproar from the audience. But it isn’t over yet (*cue dramatic music*)!

Crimson Bound By: Rosamund Hodge

Ensnared By: A.G. Howard

A Wicked Thing By: Rhiannon Thomas

Kin By: Lili St. Crow

Mechanica By: Betsy Cornwell

Above, there are 5 upcoming fairy tale books that will be featured in 2015.


Traumatic instances that occur in many teenagers’ lives became a popular theme in Lit. Much like the “John Green Effect,” high school students might be able to connect with these stories mentally. Therefore, it isn’t a surprise many new novels will be released soon.

All the Rage By: Courtney Summers

Apple and Rain By: Sarah Crossan

Even When You Lie To Me By: Sarah Alcott

Playlist for the Dead By: Michelle Falkoff

Beware – some of these books could cause a lot of self-inflicted thinking.


Dystopian novels are returning after its brief low period last year. Newer than ever, they consist of their old themes but added with more intricate ideas. Lit lovers can again become obsessed with fictional oppressive governments, where two teens fall in love even though they weren’t supposed to, forcing them to create a rebellion and save themselves, as well as their loved ones. Fans of the Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend should be rejoicing.

An Ember in the Ashes By: Sabaa Tahir

Nil Unlocked By: Lynne Matson

The Red Queen By: Victoria Aveyard

Rook By: Sharon Cameron

The Rules By: Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie

P.S. Many of these are part of a series…


Happy Reading!

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