The much anticipated The Fault in Our Stars movie came out last weekend, making big bucks at the box office. When movies of book adaptations come out, they always become popular, gaining many holds at the library. Although a young adult novel, The Fault in Our Stars is being read by those of all ages. In a recent article in Slate magazine, a woman criticized adults who read YA novels and defended her position in a recent NPR interview. Readers reacted strongly to this, mentioning many reasons adults read YA novels. Among these are the following:
- great literature challenges us, no matter if it was written for adults or young adults
- literature increases empathy and forces us to question the truthfulness of our own personal experiences, and young adult novels bring us back to times we were teens and lets us look back at our own experiences that made us who we were today
- people read for a variety of reasons (seeing the world in new ways, the feeling of the ending of a story, to experience nostalgia, to experience joy, etc.) and if young adult novels fit into the reason people read, why not read them
So we say, read the books you want if they fit into your reason for reading. Whatever that reason is, we don’t have time to read the books that don’t fit into our reasons. Below are some books that people have recommended for those who enjoyed The Fault in Our Stars, both adult and YA novels. Didn’t read that book or want to find other books like one you loved? We’re here to help! Stop by the library or shoot us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we’ll find suggestions for you.
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Two individuals who experience different kids of loss enter into each other’s lives and change them for the better.
My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
A teenager fighting leukemia relies on her sister who was conceived strictly to be a bone marrow match for her sister, but when forced with the decision, she has to decide if she wants to help her family or not.
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Enzo, a dog nearing death, recounts everything he and his family has been through. A heartwarming tale told from the perspective of a pet, creating empathy for the human characters.
The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
A soldier returning from war is left with memories of a girl he met years earlier and fell in love with, until one day she reappears in his life. The story of the two unfolds, leaving a tale of miracles and emotions. Most people are familiar with the movie version of this story.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell, a popular YA author, writes a love story of two individuals who couldn’t be more different and their path of teenage love. This is another YA novel that has become popular with adults.
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Written by the same author as The Fault in Our Stars, a teen attends a boarding school, entering into an unsafe world and getting pulled in with other teens that were not expected.