Ten Underrated YA Books

There have been plenty of times that I have picked up a book from the library solely because of the hype it’s gotten on social media, but I have found that nine out of ten times I have not enjoyed these books as much as I expected to. I still read the books because it’s fun being able to talk about books with other people, but I feel like a lot of really good books are underrated while a lot of really okay books are overrated. I don’t want to write about the overrated books today, but I do want to give you what, in my opinion, are the top ten most underrated books.

1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Read our review of The Rest of Us Just Live Here

This book is so ridiculously beautiful, and I really wish that every YA reader would read it. This book makes a point to be original, even poking fun at some common tropes, and I really love that. It is so refreshing and original that I wish it would become as big as The Hunger Games was, but I also hope that it doesn’t, because I love this book so much and God forbid it gets turned into a movie.


2. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

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Sarah Dessen is a well-known YA romance author, but it seems like this book is so often overlooked. It is by far my favorite Sarah Dessen book. It is quietly powerful with vibrant characters and a compelling plotline. It isn’t full of much conflict, which is why it may be overlooked, but it is one of those books I could read over and over again.

3. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Most people don’t seem to be aware that Stephenie Meyer has more out there than the Twilight saga. The Host has been made into a movie, but it never got as much hype as Twilight. Really, The Host consists of what most people will claim Twilight lacks: an interesting plot, good characters, and healthy relationships. Also, no characters sparkle!  The Host is really all-around better, but most people don’t even know that it’s out there.

4. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Read our review of Paranormalcy

I think everyone should be obsessed over this paranormal book. It’s one of the best, most creative paranormal books that I have read, and I think that most YA readers would enjoy this. It may even make a good movie if it was done right–but how often are books turned into movies done right?

5. Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

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This is another book that I don’t think many people know exist, but it really is one of the most entertaining stories I have ever read. I fell in love with the characters–some more than others. This book is where I met my first book crush. If anything, just read this book for the oddly attractive characters.

6. Shatter Me by Tahareh Mafi

This book is amazing. The story is intense and well done and so captivating. Can we just replace the rest of dystopian books with this one, please? That’d be great.

7. The Alchemy of Forever by Avery Williams

Read our review of The Alchemy of Forever

This book is addicting. The concept is fascinating, and the characters were so relatable. I was pretty much in love from the first chapter. I’m actually shocked that this book isn’t more popular because it seemed like something that would become huge. Regardless, I really love it.

8. This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer Smith

First of all, can we just take a moment to appreciate this gorgeous cover? I think it’s beautiful, just like everything else about this book is beautiful. The love story made me love the characters and want to read more and more. This is saying a lot because I am not one who needs or even really wants romance in a story, but I loved this book.

9. Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

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Every list like this has to have a totally depressing book added to it, right? Bitter End is definitely it. Jennifer Brown, the author, is generally underrated. She writes really good books.

10. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephenie Meyer

I know. At this point, you’re probably a little bit infuriated that I have included two books by Stephenie Meyer, but this book– technically a novella–was quite amazing. Whether or not you liked the Twilight saga, you might be interested in this new outlook on the story. I felt like this 200-page book was better than the rest of the series combined.

Books get a lot of hype for a reason–the majority of people like them, but if you’re like me, maybe you’ll enjoy some of these options a bit more than what is mainstream.