Over the last decade, the young adult boom has overtaken the literary conversation. Sometimes it can seem like mega-series such as Harry Potter and The Hunger Games are the only things keeping the publishing industry afloat. However, the popularity of young adult fiction has also opened up more space for weird, unreal, dystopian, and/or fantastic works. Many of the college and high school students I teach are eager for more recommendations in this vein. Below are 13 "literary" books that fans of YA will love. Let me be clear: I'm not making any argument about "literary" fiction being better or worse than "young adult" fiction. Genre is often more about marketing than content, and some of the titles below might have been labeled YA if they were published today. These are simply books typically shelved among adult literary fiction that young adult fans will certainly enjoy.
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