5 YA Books Written in Verse for Poetry Lovers
Written by Summer Webb
Have you ever read a book that was so beautifully written that you immediately wanted to flip right back to the front and read it all over again? I find that I typically feel this way about anything written in verse. So much so that I have immediately reread over half of the poetry collections that I have read this year. But poetry isn’t the only genre that has inspired an instant reread for me. In fact it was a YA book that first caused my fingers to flip all the way back to the beginning of a book that I had just finished only to start it all over again. Which is why I wanted to share with you my Top 5 YA books written in verse!
The You I’ve Never Known by Ellen Hopkins
The You I’ve Never Known is a lovely place to start when beginning to read books written in verse. It is a lovely combination of prose and verse that is a great introduction into reading YA books in verse. This book is deeply intriguing and explores the life of Ariel who has grown up with her father believing that she was abandoned by her mom… Until her mom shows up to tell Ariel the truth.
One by Sarah Crossan
One is a book that took me by surprise. It had been recommended to me by a friend and I went in blind. I knew that it was a story about a pair of conjoined twins but I did not know how deeply it would impact me! I flew through this book, which was easy to do with this writing style, and quickly added it to my list of favorites. One is definitely a book that any poetry fan will love!
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
OMG GUYS. This book is so good!!!!!!! The Crossover is one of the first audiobooks that I ever listened to. I had heard that it was a YA book written in verse and I knew that I instantly wanted to listen to it on audible! This is more of a middle grade book but it deals with real life issues that are important to today’s society. This is definitely a book that I think every young reader should experience.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
Anyone else love dual POV’s like I do? Yeah?!! Perfect, then you will LOVE 5 to 1!!!! This book is absolutely enchanting. I had never read anything by Holly Bodger when I decided to pick this up, but it turned out to be so enjoyable. I found myself getting lost in the back and forth and was SO SAD when it ended. Plus, the cover is STUNNING!!!
Freakboy by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Freakboy is one of the very first novels written in verse that I had ever read. It tells the story of a young boy who is struggling with what he feels on the inside. He is confused about his gender and this story shows how he handles his internal battle. We also get to glimpse the struggle of a few other characters with important stories to tell. I don’t want to say to much, but I think this is a great starting place for poetry lovers who want to break into LGBT fiction.
*Bonus* The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
Alright, I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t technically a book written in verse but Roshani has a way of world building that is almost lyrical. Her descriptions are so beautifully intricate that they elevate ordinary words into extraordinarily perfect visuals for their reader. I can’t say enough nice things about The Star-Touched Queen so don’t get caught sleeping on this book!!!!