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17 YA Novels That Are Definitely Morally Complicated

Although, let's be real, what YA novel isn't complicated?

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1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

When Anna takes a trip to Aruba with her boyfriend, Tate, and best friend, Elise, things take a turn for the worst when Elise is found brutally murdered.
Simon Pulse

When Anna takes a trip to Aruba with her boyfriend, Tate, and best friend, Elise, things take a turn for the worst when Elise is found brutally murdered.

2. Far From You by Tess Sharpe

When Sophie Winter's best friend, Mina, is murdered by a masked man, the cops deem it as a drug deal gone wrong but Sophie knows there's more to the story.
Disney-Hyperion

When Sophie Winter's best friend, Mina, is murdered by a masked man, the cops deem it as a drug deal gone wrong but Sophie knows there's more to the story.

3. The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

Toby lives in the Death House, where he, and the others who live there, are studied for any sign of sickness to determine if it's time to send them to the sanatorium where no one ever returns.
Titan Books

Toby lives in the Death House, where he, and the others who live there, are studied for any sign of sickness to determine if it's time to send them to the sanatorium where no one ever returns.

4. What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

When Evie's father returns home from World War II, Evie soon realizes that he brought back more than just good war stories.
Scholastic Paperbacks

When Evie's father returns home from World War II, Evie soon realizes that he brought back more than just good war stories.

5. Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn

When 17-year-old Sadie Su returns to her hometown she finds it difficult to stay out of the trouble and quickly gets caught up in a tangled web with her childhood friend, Emerson, and 15-year-old Miles Tate.
St. Martin's Griffin

When 17-year-old Sadie Su returns to her hometown she finds it difficult to stay out of the trouble and quickly gets caught up in a tangled web with her childhood friend, Emerson, and 15-year-old Miles Tate.

6. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

When Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that will make him rich he gathers a crew of outcasts to get the job done, but will they be able to work together and succeed?
Henry Holt and Co.

When Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that will make him rich he gathers a crew of outcasts to get the job done, but will they be able to work together and succeed?

7. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel has led a privileged life but when she meets Arin she makes an impulsive decision that binds them together, for better or worse.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Seventeen-year-old Kestrel has led a privileged life but when she meets Arin she makes an impulsive decision that binds them together, for better or worse.

8. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Mare Barrow has Red blood, which automatically makes her a slave to the Silver-blooded elite. But when she discovers she has powers of her own she's quickly thrown into the Silver court where she has to play a dangerous game to survive.
HarperTeen

Mare Barrow has Red blood, which automatically makes her a slave to the Silver-blooded elite. But when she discovers she has powers of her own she's quickly thrown into the Silver court where she has to play a dangerous game to survive.

9. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Cinder is a giftet mechanic and cyborg, making her a second class citizen. When her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai's she finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic struggle that could change her world's future forever.
Feiwel & Friends

Cinder is a giftet mechanic and cyborg, making her a second class citizen. When her life becomes intertwined with Prince Kai's she finds herself in the middle of an intergalactic struggle that could change her world's future forever.

10. The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever that swept through her nation. Now she has powers she doesn't fully understand and has to decide who she can trust while running from those who hunt her.
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever that swept through her nation. Now she has powers she doesn't fully understand and has to decide who she can trust while running from those who hunt her.

11. Suicide Notes From Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten

When June's best friend, Delia, is found dead from what everyone is saying was suicide, June refuses to believe it and is determined to find the truth.
Simon Pulse

When June's best friend, Delia, is found dead from what everyone is saying was suicide, June refuses to believe it and is determined to find the truth.

12. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

This is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from her quiet town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who can't forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper.
Balzer + Bray

This is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from her quiet town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who can't forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper.

13. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Amani Al'Hiza is a gifted gunslinger who wants to leave the back-country town she lives in. When she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, she realizes he may be her perfect escape route.
Viking Books for Young Readers

Amani Al'Hiza is a gifted gunslinger who wants to leave the back-country town she lives in. When she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, she realizes he may be her perfect escape route.

14. I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, used to be inseparable, but years later they're barely speaking. Will these two ever be able to find their way back to each other?
Dial Books

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, used to be inseparable, but years later they're barely speaking. Will these two ever be able to find their way back to each other?

15. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave that goes undercover into the Martial Empire's greatest military academy to spy for rebels who will save her brother. While there she has to learn how to survive and who to trust.
Razorbill

Laia is a slave that goes undercover into the Martial Empire's greatest military academy to spy for rebels who will save her brother. While there she has to learn how to survive and who to trust.

16. The Walking Dark by Robin Wasserman

In the town of Oleander, Kansas, 12 people were murdered in the space of a few hours. Can five survivors of the killing day put aside their differences to work together and save their town?
Knopf Books for Young Readers

In the town of Oleander, Kansas, 12 people were murdered in the space of a few hours. Can five survivors of the killing day put aside their differences to work together and save their town?

17. Every Last Promise by Kristin Halbrook

Kayla saw something at a party she wasn't supposed to. Now she's coming home for her senior year and she knows the only way to get her old life back is to keep quiet but should she tell the truth about what really happened that night?
HarperTeen

Kayla saw something at a party she wasn't supposed to. Now she's coming home for her senior year and she knows the only way to get her old life back is to keep quiet but should she tell the truth about what really happened that night?

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