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    18 Young Adult Novels That Weren't So PG After All

    TBH, our library cards got us wayyyy more than we bargained for.

    We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community which YA books really "got them going." Here's what they had to say:

    1. The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar

    Via instagram.com, Warner Bros. Television

    "As a non-American high school student, I was introduced to the throngs of partying and sexual topics that fill these books. I remember thinking how different the culture presented in the book was from what I'd experienced."

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    2. Forever by Judy Blume

    Bradbury Press

    "I remember this being passed around my group of girlfriends like a secret in year 7 or 8."

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    3. Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

    4. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

    5. Girl by Blake Nelson

    6. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare

    Via instagram.com, Don Carmody Productions

    "I had always loved Jace, but in City of Heavenly Fire a lot of ~mischief~ happens between he and Clary (and Simon and Izzy) in the demon realm. I hadn’t experienced that before outside of an educational setting, so it got me curious. Jace Herondale, man."

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    7. It by Stephen King

    Viking

    "As an adult, I now see how out of place Stephen King's cocaine-fueled section of It was, when Bev has sex with all the boys in the Losers' Club to keep them all together forever. I was the same age as the kids at that point and even though I was an avid reader, it was the first time I had read a sex scene, let alone a scene describing a girl losing her virginity, so I thought it was hot. Now, whenever I read it, I think of that Chapelle's Show quote: 'Cocaine is a hell of a drug.'"

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    8. The True Blood series by Charlaine Harris

    9. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

    Bloomsbury

    "I realized I was gay when reading Sarah J. Maas's Heir of Fire and I had a dream about banging Manon while riding a wyvern. It was my first real fictional character crush (and a rather shocking revelation). Since then, I've lusted after plenty of kickass fictional women, but I've thankfully learned better sex positions."

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    10. The Pretty Little Liars series by Sara Shepard

    Via instagram.com, ABC Family / Freeform

    "I remember being so shook by Ezra and Aria’s problematic relationship…but it was hot!" —mb03

    11. Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret. by Judy Blume

    12. Ready or Not by Meg Cabot

    HarperCollins

    "In this book there's a part where Sam’s sister tells her about masturbating with the shower head. I had never read a book before that spoke so frankly about female masturbation."

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    13. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares

    Via instagram.com, Alcon Entertainment

    "I was already a late teen when I read these books, so while it wasn’t exactly a sexual awakening, it was the first book/series that made me really want a boyfriend (specifically a hot Greek man lol)."

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    14. Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld

    Random House Trade Paperbacks

    "I don’t know if it was because I was in a very similar position as the protagonist (an economically disadvantaged girl at an elite school), but it spoke to me on a profound level. It has very realistic depictions of different kinds of sex, and I was here for it. My sophomore year of high school, during a free period, my table was talking about books that made us feel some kind of way and I brought up Prep. We all swapped books, but I never got mine back."

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    15. The Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead

    Via instagram.com, Reliance Entertainment

    "The relationship that grows between Rose and Dimitri was inspirational. It was the first time I'd seen a female lead who was strong and put her self-worth above others. The scene with the red shirt gets me every time."

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    16. The Frog Princess series by E.D. Baker

    17. The After series by Anna Todd

    18. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

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