The United States of YA


One of my all time favorite genres of books to read is Young Adult. They’re usually quick reads for me, and typically provide a fascinating story, especially if they are of the sci-fi or fantasy type.

A pin recently came across my Pinterest board that I immediately pinned to one of my boards because it involved a list, and if there’s one thing about me, it’s that I’ve grown to love lists. Said list?

Fifty different YA novels, one set in each of the 50 states!

It stuck out to me because I’m currently reading one of these books, and it felt like a challenge, of course, but one that I’ll take slowly, as I feel up to it (because there is always so much to read!). So, without further ado, here they are!

Alabama – The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement-Moore
Alaska – Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
Arizona – Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King
Arkansas – Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
California – Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
Colorado – A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davis
Connecticut – My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Delaware – The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls by Julie Schumacher
Florida – The Unbecoming by Mara Dyer
Georgia – Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
Hawaii – Under the Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury
Idaho – Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Illinois – Divergent by Veronica Roth
Indiana – The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Iowa – Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Kansas – The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Kentucky – The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker
Louisiana – Arise by Tara Hudson
Maine – Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Maryland – Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
Massachusetts – Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
Michigan – Wake by Lisa McMann
Minnesota – Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Mississippi – Beneath a Meth Moon by Jacqueline Woodson
Missouri – Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Montana – The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
Nebraska – Revived by Cat Patrick
Nevada – Crank by Ellen Hopkins
New Hampshire – Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
New Jersey – White Cat by Holly Black
New Mexico – Fated by Alyson Noel
New York – The Diviners by Libba Bray
North Carolina – The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
North Dakota – The Beetfields by Garu Paulsen
Ohio – I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Oklahoma – Nights of the Hilly Country by Tim Tharp
Oregon – If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Pennsylvania – Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
Rhode Island – Devilish by Maureen Johnson
South Carolina – Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
South Dakota – Go Big or Go Home by Will Hobbs
Tennessee – Hourglass by Myra McEntire
Texas – Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey
Utah – Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Vermont – Jip – His Story by Katherine Paterson
Virginia – The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
Washington – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
West Virginia – Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wisconsin – Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Wyoming – Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

7 thoughts on “The United States of YA

      • Probably more accurate. I downloaded the sample out of curiosity and just read it. The town is made up, unless it’s some Slower Lower town that we never would have heard of. (West New Hope?) She did get flat right, though.

      • Tried Googling that, and nothing came up. There is a New Hope in PA, that’s the only thing that came up.

        And in other news, did you see which book did NOT make the YA list? Specific to Washington? Maybe some sparkly vampires? #happythought

      • Well, now you can amuse yourself at work with the thought of where a West New Hope could be crammed in here. Probably in the middle of a chicken farm.

        And my guess is they were trying to go for actual literature. 😉 (Plus everyone knows about that one by now, unfortunately…)

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