When it comes to hyped YA books, I usually run from them in fear because I think they won’t live up to the expectations. I’m the kind of person who is extremely cautious of overhyped books and craves smaller elusive titles. I mean, I want to read all the books so I read them eventually, it just takes me a while.
I’ve read some hyped books that aren’t that great, to be honest. But there’s some that I’m in love with. Here’s a list of those books.
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
This is a book that got recommended to me by a whole load of different people across multiple months and I ignored every single person because I was overwhelmed. But I eventually gave in. And now I’m in love with every book in this series.
Everything Maggie Stiefvater writes is perfect and there is no other opinion.
All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
This is probably one of the most incredible contemporaries that I’ve ever read. I’ve never loved and hated a book so much because it’s so brilliant and heartbreaking and I lost the ability to function as soon as I read the last page.
If you haven’t read it already, it’s about mental illness and being a freak and being alone in the world and having a best friend. It also hurts. A lot.
The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
It’s been so long that I barely remember what this series is about, but I remember loving it. I also remember having the first book unread on my shelves for months and reading and restarting it a dozen times until I was finally hooked.
This series – along with practically everything Cassandra Clare writes – is completely addicting.
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
I did genuinely distrust this book at first because I heard it had a load of narrators and I read the first chapter, didn’t really like it, and put the book down for months until my friend convinced me to finish it.
This duology is my life and Kaz is one of my favourite characters of all time.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
This book was so insanely adorable that I was just grinning like an idiot through the entire thing. Simon hugs people and jokes and gets along with people and is relatable but he also overthinks and he’s angsty and I love seeing these different sides in a character. It’s very refreshing and just really enjoyable to read about.
A special mention (because someone is borrowing the book and I can’t photograph it)…
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
I don’t think John Green has a single book that wasn’t/isn’t hyped, but this one holds a special place in my heart. It’s a love and hate letter to anxiety and the all-consuming spiral that comes with it and many other mental illnesses. I’m genuinely so frustrated with people mock or dismiss John Green’s books because they’re missing out on some truly beautiful and important stories.
Anyway, I love Turtles and I love TFIOS and I love pretentious teens who use big words and I love philosophy.
So, tell me some hyped books that you loved? Do you avidly follow the hype or do you wait for reviews or do you only pick it up if it’s your style?