15 young adult book recommendations for this spring

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! Spring is here in the Northern Hemisphere and where I live and, to be completely honest with you, I couldn’t be happier. I adore spring with all of my heart and I don’t know, I’m just happier when the sun shines, flowers are blooming and trees are all pink-colored it makes me want to dance.

Spring reminds me, obviously, of adorable contemporary books, but of many other things just as well. Spring reminds me of the world living again, being reborn, of stricking matches and blooming revolutions and the sparks of the first romances. Spring reminds me of these moments when you find yourself and of coming of age stories, too.

So that’s exactly what I’m going to be recommending, here, books I adored with these exact themes! I hope you’ll enjoy my small list and, as always, you can add them all to your TBRs by clicking on the book covers.

I’m not forgetting you, Southern Hemisphere headed to the Fall season, at all and let me hope these recommendations work out well for you, too!

🌸 My Spring Reads Recommendations

β˜‚οΈFinding yourself and your roots

In Search of Us, Ava Dellaira

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book was an incredible surprise, it’s a story about a girl looking for her father, trying to find her roots, it’s a story where past and present mix perfectly, a multigenerational story that made me both happy and emotional and it certainly needs way more hype.

πŸ“– read my review

The Astonishing Color of After, Emily X.R. Pan

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This was one of my most anticipated reads of last year and it did not disappoint. It wasn’t an easy read, but it was so, so beautiful to see the main character finding her roots. I wanted to sob by the end of it all and I 200% recommend it.
πŸ“– read my review


Girl Against The Universe, Paula Stokes

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This was one of my favorite books of last year. I adored Macguire, the main character of the story. She believes she is bad luck and deals with anxiety and PTSD, yet she was such an incredible character to root for and I loved her character growth so, so much.
πŸ“– read my review

β˜‚οΈBlooming romances

Everything Leads To You,Β  Nina LaCour

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Everything Leads To You was such a wonderful surprise. I loved how it took us behind the scenes of movies and set decoration and these characters…. This has a super cute f/f love story, strong friendships and adorable parents, too and this book cover just reminds me of spring.
πŸ“– read my review

Heartstopper, Alice Oseman

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž It’s no secret that I adore everything Alice Oseman writes. Heartstopper is her webcomic and it is one of the cutest stories I’ve ever read, the blooming romance between Nick and Charlie making my heart burst every time all over again. A perfect spring read.
πŸ“– read my review

The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight, Jennifer E. Smith

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book certainly is one of these romances I loved and that would be absolutely perfect for spring time, too, a sweet, adorable blooming romance between two characters, with a side of family issues and a lot of adorableness, too.
πŸ“– read my review

β˜‚οΈ Complex friendships & families

Far From The Tree, Robin Benway

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This book cover makes me, for some reason, think of spring but that’s not why I would recommend it on this list – well, not only.Β  This little gem is about finding yourself and parts of yourself, it’s about family and siblings and it’s a story that will make you want to hug people and be happy and spring is about that, too.
πŸ“– read my review

Our Year of Maybe, Rachel Lynn Solomon

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This was one of my latest coups de coeur (look at me being all French all of a sudden) and I feel like it would be an amazing spring read, too. It’s about friendship and all-consuming friendships, about finding yourself outside of who you are with these people, it’s about growing up and growing overall and these characters, that ending, everything about this book is perfection. I cried okay.
πŸ“– read my review

β˜‚οΈ Books to give you all of the emotions

Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž I feel like Before I Fall would be an interesting read for spring time, as it’s about, somehow, finding and questioning who you are and who you could be and this sounds like a seasonal read? I had such a great time reading this book, too okay so I want to recommend it.

Opposite of Always, Justin A. Reynolds

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž While we’re on the topic of being reborn, a little similarily but also completely differently from Before I Fall, I’d definitely recommend Opposite of Always. This adorable book made me go through all the emotions, from laughter to tears and this book would be a perfect spring read.
πŸ“– read my review

The Beauty That Remains, Ashley Woodfolk

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Okay so if you’re looking for a good cry this season, I’d definitely recommend The Beauty That Remains because it made me want to sob in the first few pages. It’s a beautiful, heartbreaking story about grief, with characters I grew to love and care for.
πŸ“– read my review

The Sky Is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Not sure why, spring does not make me want to cry but this book does. Yet, if it’s also a book dealing with grief, it’s also about growing and learning to live on and, somehow, these themes perfectly feel in sync with the season.
πŸ“– read my review

β˜‚οΈThe first sparks of revolutions

We Set The Dark On Fire, Tehlor Kay Mejia

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž My first non-contemporary of the list! Spring-time reminds me of flowers blooming and revolutions brewing and this book feels just like that, the beginning of a spark. I LOVE this book with all of my heart and the characters, the underlying tension, the start of a romance and ughhh read this no matter what please.

The Fever King, Victoria Lee

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž Another recent and favorite of mine, also perfectly fitting into the revolution theme. I loved Noam’s growth in this story and how, slowly but surely he realizes the schemes, the truth about the people around him and this was such an incredible book.
πŸ“– read my review

An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir

Why I recommend it πŸ”Ž This sounds like the perfect book going with the themes of revolutions and the sparks of a revolution. Also this was one freaking badass first book in the series and you should all read it. I’m not okay when I think about it, because ahhh all the things happening ahhh.
πŸ“– read my review


Did you read any of these books? Any book you’d recommend to read for spring time? What are some books that remind you of spring and sunshine?

Do you have any recommendations for me? Let us know in comments!





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72 thoughts on “15 young adult book recommendations for this spring

  1. this is such a wonderful list of recommendations! and so fitting with coming of age too!! spring has been long waited over here, we’re just waiting for all this snow to goooo awayyyy. our year of maybe sounds so amazing, i need to get to it soon!!! my copy of opposite of always is on its way (though it is taking wayyy too long) but i’m so excited to read it and the cover is just so gorgeous. im in love with this cute graphic cover trend.

    far from the tree is literally one of the best picks for spring, coming of age, and just overall as an INCREDIBLE BOOK bc it hurt me in the best way omg i remember crying so much. maybe i’ll slip a reread of it in somewhere lol

    fantastic post marie, so many great books to add to my never ending tbr! ❀

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    1. Tell me about it, it snowed again today and I AM JUST MAD okay I need spring summer and sunshineeeeee.

      YES AHH, I hope you will read Our Year of Maybe sometime soon, I wanted to cry and I loved it so much. ❀

      Agree, far from the tree is way too beautiful of a book, I loved it so so so so much ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀


  2. I took the risk to read this post, knowing that while I’m bringing down my TBR list, you’re going to give me amazing books to bring it back up! I was right, i ended up adding about 3-4 books. I’m so glad you recommended the statistical probability of love, because i love that story! It’s so good, and while it is a romance novel, there was so much more happening underneath the story (idk if that makes sense). Great post marie! xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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  3. This looks like such an incredible list! I love Everything Leads to You, Heartstopper, and An Ember in the Ashes, and I think they’re perfect for this time of year πŸ˜„ And I just got The Statistical Probability of Love At First Sight for my sister to read, so good to hear that you loved it!!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Margaret! πŸ˜€
      I hope you’ll be able to read The Statistical Probability after your sister is done with it, it’s such a good book πŸ™‚


  4. Hi Marie! I know I’ve already mentioned this, but aaaaah your new blog graphics are so pretty 😍 I’m so happy to hear that spring weather has finally arrived for you! For me, the weather has been super ambivalent — I’ve had one perfect, warm, sunny day, followed by three days of drizzle & rain. (No hurricanes, though. πŸ˜‰)

    Far From the Tree definitely is a perfect spring read — even the cover screams spring, honestly. And I agree that An Ember in the Ashes, with it’s themes about rebellion & change, definitely tie in with all the newness that spring brings.

    I enjoyed reading all your recommendations! ❀️

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    1. Ahh thank you again, you’re too sweet, so happy you like them ahh 😍
      It’s been so ambivalent here, too, it’s frustrating ahah I’m ready for the sunshine to say for good haha πŸ™‚

      Thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked them! ❀

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  5. This is a wonderful list and I love the thought behind these recommendations 🌸 These are exactly the kind of themes I love reading about and especially in the springtime.

    I’ll Give You the Sun is my favorite and it gives me such spring vibes! Tehlor Kay Mejia’s story in Toil & Trouble was one of my favorites in the collections so I’m so excited she has a book out! I’ll add We Set The Dark On Fire to my spring TBR πŸ’•

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    1. Oh thank you so much love, I’m so happy you like the themes of these recs! ❀
      I need to read Toil & Trouble, it sounds like such an amazing anthology. I hope you'll love We Set The Dark On Fire, it's so, so, so good! ❀
      Thank you!! ❀


  6. The Fever King is a recent favorite for me as well! I usually don’t care much for dystopians set in future America (…it hasn’t been that long since the market was oversaturated with them) but this one did it for me, mostly because of the characters.
    Everything Leads To You is such a late spring/early summer book, I loved the atmosphere in that one! Reading it right before We Are Okay was an interesting experience, since they’re basically opposites.

    And the part about reconnecting with family and finding out its history was my favorite part of The Astonishing Color of After too. I read two books recently that did a similar thing (Dear Haiti Love Alaine and All the Bad Apples), and while I didn’t like them as much as TACoA, I think this is one of my favorite themes to read about.
    Great list!

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    1. Oh yes, it’s true that the market has had its share of dystopian books, but somehow this one managed to capture my heart with its characters, too ❀

      Ahhh, I can't wait to read Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, it sounds like such a great book! And yes, reconnecting with family is an amazing theme to read about, I love it so much, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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  7. Before I even get into this post, I just want to say how much I adore your new blog graphics! I remember you tweeting about them but I checked your blog with my phone and hadn’t paid close enough attention to them. They are SO beautiful!

    It’s no secret that I love your recommendations and you once again bring up so many books I haven’t read yet or heard about in some cases! I’ll definitely be adding them to my mental TBR and come back to your blog for reference weeks/months down the line (my memory sucks, let’s be real)! I also love how you divided them all up into different categories which makes it easier to find what one might be looking for! πŸ˜€

    I’d definitely second In Search Of Us, The Astonishing Colour Of After and An Ember In The Ashes! All three books I enjoyed a lot and Ember being a definite favorite overall too! I keep hearing about The Opposite Of Always and The Fever King recently and it’s nothing but praise so I might have to move them up on my TBR after all!

    Also, yes to being excited about it finally being spring! This winter season wasn’t quite as difficult and draining as previous ones (luckily) but I’m so excited to have longer days and actually getting to see blue skies and warmer temperatures! I can’t wait to take full advantage of our little park to get some reading done once the temperatures actually allow it! Plus, all the ice cream.

    As for books that remind me of spring/sunshine, I have to go with Sandyha Menon as an author! I first read her debut in May of 2017 and she’s become a staple of late spring for me, for sure!


    1. Oh thank you so, so much Swetlana, I’m so happy you like the new graphics, means a lot! ❀
      I hope you'll give Opposite of Always and The Fever King a try, I loved both so much, they're fantastic and deserve all the hpe ❀
      Right here with you on spring, I've missed it so, so much and can only hope we get warm weather and sunshine way more often, I need it, too haha πŸ™‚
      Ooooohhh. This is such a good recommendation, I need to read more of her books, I only read When Dimple Met Rishi so far πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  8. I’ve read very few of these (Heartstopper I picked up last month and I loved it, the romance was so cute and I can’t wait for the second volume, and of course you know how much I loved The Sky is Everywhere) but I have so many of them still on my TBR list. πŸ™‚
    I’m hoping to get around to The Fever King next month (maybe) and I really need to read The Astonishing Colour of After soon (this year at least!) I’ve heard so many amazing things about it.
    Great post Marie. πŸ™‚ ❀️

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    1. Ahh I can’t wait for you to read all of these, Beth, I hope you’ll love them, especially The Astonishing Color and The Fever king, both were amazing ❀ ❀
      Thank you! ❀

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  9. Ah.. this is a lovely list of recommendations and even if it is currently rainy where I am there are the beginnings of flowers coming through which is nice to see some colour so yay to spring!!
    This has included some books I hadn’t heard of before so it was nice to learn about them. I’ve heard a lot of good things about ‘Heartstopper’ and it does sound really cute— I still need to try Alice Osman’s writing!! I am glad you loved ‘We set the dark on fire’ (it has lovely colours on the cover)– it has definitely made me feel I need to check that book out!!
    And I do love ‘An ember in the ashes’, and I definitely agree with what you said about it! So much stuff happens ahha!!
    Great post ❀


    1. Oh I’m sorry to hear it’s raining, it’s been raining quite a while here, too, hopefully the sunshine will be there for us soon always ahha πŸ™‚
      AHH YES please, I hope you’ll give Alice Oseman’s books a try, she is one of my favorite authors of all times and I love everything she writes, Heartstopper is just the sweetest book. ❀ And We Set The Dark ON Fire was incredible, it gave me all the emotions. Can't wait for you to read it!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀

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      1. yes haha– the sun will be here soon!! No rain today anyway so YAY!!
        I’m glad you hear she is one of your favourite authors– can’t wait to check out her stuff!! I look forward to reading WSTDOF too!!! You’re welcome ❀

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  10. I hadn’t heard of In Search of Us until seeing this post, so I’m going to have to find a copy of it, because it sounds so great! I loved your list, and I can’t wait to start reading some of the books on here!


    1. Ahh this makes me so, so happy, In Search Of Us was such a great book, it deserves way more hype and love ❀ I hope you'll love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Kelly! ❀


  11. I’m excited for spring too as it meas lighter nights and warmer weather. You’re totally right about Heartstopper being a sprint read, it’s so soft and uplifting so it fits the season well. I’m hoping to read The Fever King in spring too and I STILL need to read Ember at some point. Great post Marie, thanks for some fab recs!


  12. marie, i love this post so much and wow i am DEFINITELY going to reference it this during these next few months, especially since i have exams and won’t read anything else except basically contemporary? haha yeah.

    i love astonishing, before i fall, an ember in the ashes and far from the tree so much, ahhhh! i need to read in search of us, our year of maybe and we set the dark on fire (especially since you’ve been gushing about that last one a lot recently, haha, everyone has been telling me to read this!)

    also i just want to say i love your graphics so much! they’re absolutely giving me life and they’re so cute sksksks

    happiest of reading, marie!

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    1. Ahhhhh this makes me so so happy and if you need more contemporary recs, you know I’m always here for them haha ❀
      I can't wait for you to read these books, especially our year of maybe -so, so good!! and we set the dark on fire -I'm still obsessed, can't stop thinking about it haha.

      Aww, thank you, this means so much! ❀ I don't deserve you ❀

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  13. I love this list so much, Marie! I also adore springtime and fresh starts… I love what you said about spring reminding you of that feeling when you find yourself in a coming-of-age story. Even though I’m now actually really pushing thirty (*sobs*) I still get that feeling when I read a really well-constructed YA book.

    I hope you have time to get out and soak up the spring feels soon! ❀

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    1. Oh thank you, so much Christine! ❀ I get that, even if I'm in my twenties now I'm still really loving these coming of age stories and… we're all discovering ourselves at any age, really πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much ❀ ❀

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    1. Ahh I’m so glad you liked We Are Okay! I really need to read that one sometime, I can’t wait πŸ™‚
      I hope you’ll love Everything Leads to You! ❀ and thank you so much for your sweet comment!

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  14. You’ve got a lot of great recommendations here. There’s quite a few that I’d like to read. The Fever King looks like something that both my son and I would like. I’m always searching to see what we can read together. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh thank you so much! It’s so cool that you read with your son, what an amazing thing to do ❀ I hope you'll try the fever king, I loved it so much! ❀


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