Young adults (children aged 11+) can be some of the most difficult people to buy gifts for at Christmas; they’re newly independent, but it is still important to make sure that when you buy a gift for them that it is not only interesting, but appropriate for them as well. Young adult fiction (what the kids call YA fiction) has seen a number of film adaptations over the past few years, most notably The Hunger Games films, so we would recommend some of these books as a good place to start when looking for a Christmas book for young adults. We’ve also added another few books which young adults might be interested in, too…
The Hunger Games Collection – Suzanne Collins
Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy transports readers to a dystopian future, run by the evil President Snow, where children are forced to take part in a deadly game to win favour for themselves and their village. Young adults have been loving the books and the films for the past few years, so if you know a young adult who is yet to read the books, this collection is an ideal gift for them this Christmas. Plus, it’s three gifts in one!
The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
With a fresh and contemporary voice, John Green, author of Looking for Alaska, tells the story of a cynical teenage cancer sufferer who unexpectedly falls in love. The no-holds barred wit, sensitivity and sharp observations of lead character Hazel mean that The Fault in Our Stars will move young readers to laugh and cry in equal measures. One of the biggest books of the year, this is the perfect Christmas book for young adults.
The Mortal Instruments Collection – Cassandra Clare
Fans of the Beautiful Creatures, Twilight and The Hunger Games series will be gripped by Cassandra Clare‘s incredible Mortal Instruments novels this Christmas. Sixteen-year-old Clary is a normal teenager who witnesses something horrific and finds her life changed forever as she is dragged deep into a New York underworld she never knew existed… This fantastical series is full of mystery, intrigue and betrayal – flawless young adult fiction!
Who We Are: Our Autobiography – One Direction
Not strictly fiction, but if you know a One Direction fan, Who We Are: The One Direction Autobiography is the book they need this Christmas. From their humble beginnings at a nervous X-Factor audition in 2010 to selling out arenas, releasing their bestselling third album and making their own movie, Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis bare all in this 1D autobiography. And now their 4th album, FOUR, is on it’s way, this book will make any young adult’s Christmas.
Scott Westerfeld Collection
Bitingly satirical, Scott Westerfeld‘s sinister yet thrilling quartet of young adult books – Uglies, Pretties, Specials and Extras – are full of shocks, surprises and frightening questions about modern world we live in today. The world has been divided into those who are Pretty and those who are Ugly. Tally can’t wait to turn 16 so she can become Pretty – but her new friend Shay would rather risk life on the outside. They soon discover the Pretty world is not so pretty after all… Ideal for young adults to curl up with during the festive holidays.
Belzhar – Meg Wolitzer
Set to be the next big young adult novel, Meg Wolitzer’s Belzhar will appeal to fans of The Bell Jar, The Secret History and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns. Full of emotion, observations and humour, the surprises will shock and keep young readers intrigued through to the very end. This is a Christmas book for young adults that they may not have heard of before, so you’ll be introducing them to a new favourite read with this one!
Approaching themes of gender politics, redemption, the meaning of war, and good and evil’s unclear distinction, the Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness has been heralded as one of the most important works of young adult science fiction in recent years and we can see why! This series has won just about every award in children’s literature, so with it you can’t go wrong in finding a Christmas book for young adults!