How to Connect with Teen Readers With YA Novels

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The world of Young Adult literature is anything but boring. YA books are incredibly dynamic and diverse, addressing a host of topics relevant to their young audience. Gone are the days when YA books were simply a stepping stone between children’s books and adult literature! They have become a formidable category all on their own and beautifully reflect the complexity, challenges, and adventures of today’s teenagers from all walks of life. 

What makes YA books so popular? The simple answer is their focus on the teenage experience combined with the willingness to tackle complex issues. They don’t shy away from any topic—these authors tackle everything from romance and the challenges of young adulthood to mental health and racial and gender issues. 

Take a seat, grab a cup of coffee, and relax while we explore the wonderful world of YA literature.

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Engaging Teen Readers

When it comes to young adult readers, engagement is everything! They are looking for books that keep them entertained but also resonate with them on a personal level. They want characters they can relate to, stories that captivate their imagination, and themes that reflect their personal challenges or journeys. Young adults want to feel seen, understood and inspired.

YA Novel Trends

YA literature is constantly evolving, keeping up with the latest trends and interests of its audience, from societal changes to technological advancements. The traditional mysteries, thrillers, romance and coming-of-age themes will always be around. Fantasy and science fiction are still winners—there is something about those magical worlds that challenge our imaginations!

The current trend of embracing diverse voices and representation continues to gain traction. We are seeing so many YA novels that include characters and narratives that reflect a range of identities and experiences. We love the diverse representation found within young adult literature, featuring characters of different ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities.

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YA Novel Themes

As you might expect, themes in YA novels tend to focus on self-discovery, growth, and the challenges of transitioning from youth to adulthood. 

Relationships are always top of mind, from romantic and platonic through to those sometimes challenging familial relationships. They are fabulous for offering insights into the dynamics of the human connection.

Identity is often central to YA novels. Here you can follow the quests for identity, be a part of the struggle challenging societal norms, or fighting against injustice. YA literature’s power lies in its ability to empower young adults to question, dream, and strive for a better world. 

Young adults are at a crucial stage in their lives and these themes resonate with them, offering insights, empathy, and perhaps most importantly, the assurance that they are not alone!

Make sure to check out our blog, Empowering Teen Voices: Books That Inspire and Uplift Teens!

Book Clubs for Teen Readers

As you know, we are huge fans of book clubs. Teen readers are embracing book clubs with enthusiasm, especially when it comes to online communities. But nothing beats those face-to-face encounters. Our worlds are becoming more and more digitally focused so that we need to prioritize those special moments where we hopefully put our phones in our bags and talk!

A YA book subscription box is the perfect option for teen readers and their book clubs. Our fun packaging and book-shaped box will intrigue any young adult as they wait to discover the unexpected delights of our specially selected monthly novel. 

We do the hard work so you don’t have to! All you need to do is hit subscribe and a wonderful book box arrives each month containing an exciting newly released novel and our famous surprise gifts! It also contains extras like the Book Club Kit, which is full of information and activities that simply add to our interactive reading experience. For us, it's not just about reading; it is about the whole experience from the minute you receive your box to the moment you finish reading the last word.

Here are a few incredible YA book boxes just waiting to be experienced!

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Written In The Stars

Experience a reading experience unlike any other with our July 2023 YA box featuring The Kismat Connection by Ananya Devarajan plus FOUR gifts that bring this incredible summer romance read to life!

In this charming YA debut, a girl who’s determined to prove her star chart wrong ropes her longtime best friend into an experimental relationship—not knowing that he has been in love with her for years. Is it possible to change your fate?

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Bonds & Betrayals

Grab our stunning November 2022 YA box featuring Night of the Raven, Dawn of the Dove by Rati Mehrotra! Also included are four gifts that work together to bring this incredible fantasy novel to life! 

To learn what she can become, she must first discover who she is. Alone and betrayed in a land infested by monsters, Katyani must find answers from her past to save all she loves and forge her own destiny. Bonds can be broken, but debts must be repaid.

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Finding Her Voice

Grab the May 2023 YA box which featured a hardcover edition of Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest, plus three gifts that bring this book to life!

Where You See Yourself combines an unforgettable coming-of-age tale, a swoon-worthy romance, and much-needed disability representation in this story about a girl who's determined to follow her dreams.

OUABC's 'The Davenports' book with decorative wrapping paper.

Daughters of Expectation

Enjoy the incredible February 2023 YA box featuring The Davenports by Krystal Marquis and a set of three amazing gifts that will enhance your reading experience!

In 1910, the Davenports were one of the few Black families of immense wealth and status in a changing United States. Their fortune was made through the entrepreneurship of William Davenport, a formerly enslaved man who had founded the Davenport Carriage Company years earlier. Now the Davenports live surrounded by servants, crystal chandeliers, and endless parties, finding their way and finding love—even where they're not supposed to.

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Connecting Through YA Literature

YA literature offers a powerful way to connect with young adults and see the world through their eyes. For anyone finding it a challenge to connect with their young adult, YA books are the perfect tool. Why not order a box for both of you and create those literary moments where you can spend time together discussing the latest book, its themes and characters. Books are great conversation starters and you can even make a guessing game as to what the surprise gifts are.

Young adults find themselves in a time where the world is changing faster than ever before. They are confronted with diverse perspectives and ideas and are continually flooded with information. By having meaningful conversations, we can help them think critically, analyze what they have read, and make up their own minds as to what they believe. Books offer us a window into other people's lives and experiences; they open us up to possibilities and, at times, emotions we wouldn’t normally have felt. The more we experience and the more we feel, the more we grow. Take the time to connect with the amazing world of YA literature—you won’t regret it!


The world of YA literature is vibrant, exciting and filled with possibilities for young adults to explore, learn, and grow. Through stories that reflect their realities, challenge their perceptions, and fuel their imaginations, YA fiction continues to be a vital part of the journey from adolescence to adulthood. 

As we look to the future, it's clear that the genre will continue to evolve, driven by the voices and visions of young readers and the authors who write for them.

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