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At Tales you find all the best young adult books. The fascinating stories have become extremely popular in recent years, especially among the young readers. The young adult books often have a theme concerning love, romance and friendship. All important components in a young adult’s life. The special thing about the young adults genre is that the stories often mix realistic coming-of-age themes with fictional elements, giving the reader a chance to reflect their own life and problems while at the same time travel to an amazing world of fantasy. Let your adventure begin here.

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  • by JENNY HAN
    £16.94

    Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. One for every boy she's ever loved. The letters are for her eyes only. Until the day they are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

  • by John Green
    £3.99 - 11.49

  • by E. Lockhart
    £6.24

    Thrilling, beautiful, and blisteringly smart, this title is utterly unforgettable. It is a story of love and romance. It's a tale of tragedy. Which are lies? Which is truth?

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £8.99 - 12.99

  • by Nicola Yoon
    £4.99 - 6.99

    *Now a major film starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton* The New York Times bestselling love story from Nicola Yoon, author of Everything, Everything. Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts.

  • by Jane Austen
    £1.99 - 14.49

    One of the BBC's '100 Novels That Shaped Our World''The best-loved book by our best-loved novelist' IndependentWith its 'light and bright and sparkling' dialogue, its romantic denouement and its lively heroine, Pride and Prejudice is Jane Austen's most perennially popular novel. The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, who misjudge, then challenge and change each other, is also a novel about the search for happiness and self- knowledge in a world of strict social rules, where a woman must marry well to survive.Edited with an introduction and notes by VIVIEN JONES

  • by Nicola Yoon
    £4.99 - 8.49

    So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddy, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens.

  • by Rainbow Rowell
    £7.49 - 8.49

    'Reminded me not just what it's like to be young and in love, but what it's like to be young and in love with a book' John Green, author of The Fault in our Stars

  • by Stephanie Perkins
    £3.49 - 5.99

    Anna is less than thrilled to be shipped off to boarding school in Paris, leaving a fledgling romance behind - until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all...including a girlfriend. But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with a longed-for French kiss? "e;Magical...really captures the feeling of being in love"e; - Cassandra Clare, author of The Mortal Instruments series "e;A delightful love story with real friendships, and the writing is great."e; - Rainbow Rowell "e;I fell in love with it from the very first chapter... Your fictional crush can move out of the way for Etienne St. Clair. Yet another beautifully crafted, realistic character that Perkins has created, you can't help but fall in love with him."e; - Growing Wings "e;Anna and the French Kiss was one of the best YA books that I have read ever. I absolutely bloody loved it."e; - Lisa Talks About... "e;Stephanie Perkins creates the perfect novel of a beautiful friendship, progressing into a slow burning romance... This novel is a mix of romance, friendships, family dramas, and an English accent... I can't wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door."e; - Never Judge A Book By Its Cover "e;Who can resist a (possible) romance/coming of age story set in Paris? Anna is someone you can relate to."e; - Reading Teenage Fiction "e;It's the perfect Young Adult book in my eyes. It's highly addictive, with unbelievably good characters, a beautiful setting and a story which I could happily read over and over again"e; - Emma Lou Book BlogNPR's Year's Best Teen Reads, 2010. NPR's 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels, Number 53. Cybils Award Finalist for Young Adult Fiction, 2011. YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults. 2012 list YALSA's Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults: Forbidden Romance, 2012. TAYSHAS Reading List, 2012. Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, Honor, 2012-13.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £8.49

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the third volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • - Twilight, Book 1
    by Stephenie Meyer
    £3.99 - 6.99

    An electrifying debut novel of a young woman's love for a vampire.

  • by Beth Reekles
    £2.99 - 6.49

  • by Rainbow Rowell
    £4.99 - 6.49

    A love story by Rainbow Rowell, the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park.Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life.Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone.Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible . . .Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell comes with special bonus material; the first chapter from Rainbow's irresistible novel Carry On.

  • by Cassandra Clare
    £39.49

  • by Alice Oseman
    £7.49

    A short novella based on the beloved characters from the graphic novel Heartstopper and Alice Oseman's debut novel Solitaire, which was praised as 'The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age' by The Times.

  • by Sweet Cherry Publishing
    £8.49

    Based on the popular TV show that airs on CBBC and Netflix, An Official Guide to ... THE NEXT STEP is perfect for fans of dance!

  • by Alice Oseman
    £11.49

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the second volume of HEARTSTOPPER, for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon. *Includes exclusive Tara/Darcy story!*

  • by Jenn Bennett
    £8.49

    Two arch-enemies find themselves lost in the Californian wilderness in this sizzling, starry romance from Jenn Bennett - author of Night Owls and Alex, Approximately

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £12.49 - 23.99

  • by Alice Oseman
    £4.49 - 5.99

    The third novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman - one of the most talked about YA writers in recent years.

  • - Twilight, Book 4
    by Stephenie Meyer
    £4.99 - 12.99

    To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss and strife to reach the ultimate turning point. Her imminent choice to either join the dark but seductive world of immortals or pursue a fully human life has become the thread from which the fate of two tribes hangs.Now that Bella has made her decision, a startling chain of unprecedented events is about to unfold with potentially devastating and unfathomable consequences. Just when the frayed strands of Bella's life - first discovered in TWILIGHT, then scattered and torn in NEW MOON and ECLIPSE - seem ready to heal and knit together, could they be destroyed. . .forever?

  • by Becky Albertalli
    £4.99 - 7.99

    The beloved, award-winning novel is now a major motion picture starring 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford and Everything, Everything's Nick Robinson. ----------Straight people should have to come out too. And the more awkward it is, the better. Simon Spier is sixteen and trying to work out who he is - and what he's looking for. But when one of his emails to the very distracting Blue falls into the wrong hands, things get all kinds of complicated.Because, for Simon, falling for Blue is a big deal ...It's a holy freaking huge awesome deal.----------Praise for Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda: 'Worthy of Fault in Our Stars-level obsession.' Entertainment Weekly'I love you, SIMON. I LOVE YOU! And I love this fresh, funny, live-out-loud book."e; Jennifer Niven, bestselling author of All the Bright Places

  • by Jessica Cunsolo
    £8.49

  • by Shea Ernshaw
    £10.99

    "Rumored to be a witch, Nora Walker attempts to uncover the truth about a boy she discovers in the woods who went missing weeks ago during a brutal winter storm, only to learn that he wasn't the only one to go missing all those weeks ago"--

  • by Jordyn Taylor
    £11.49

    Code Name Verity meets Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution in this gripping debut novel. NOW: Sixteen-year-old Alice is spending the summer in Paris, but she isn't there for pastries and walks along the Seine.

  • by Brigid Kemmerer
    £9.49

  • by Alice Oseman
    £11.99

    Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. An LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between - for fans of The Art of Being Normal, Holly Bourne and Love, Simon.

  • by Kathryn Purdie
    £9.99

    Includes an excerpt from the second book in the duology.

  • by Jenn Bennett
    £6.49

    Mystery-loving Birdie discovers a real-life mystery of her own when she gets her first job working the night-shift at a hotel and meets the enigmatic Daniel. A swoon-worthy summer read from award-winning Jenn Bennett

  • by Lucy Worsley
    £9.49

The YA genre
The young adult genre is one of the fastest growing literary genres. The genre is often referred to as ‘YA’ and speaks to the younger readers between the ages 12-18. One of the reasons for its popularity is the way the young adult novels deal with coming-of-age themes and problems that the young readers can relate to. The actions are set in fictional worlds and by using this mechanism the problems are introduced with a suitable distance for the reader. In that way it is easier for the reader to read about the problems and deal with them throughout the story. 
The enchanting worlds also fascinate the youngsters and give them a break from their everyday life and it’s problems, while the young adult books at the same time deal with them through these worlds. In that way the reader is met at eye level, and there are no adults speaking down to the youngsters. Then it is also easier for the young reader to deal with the challenges of the everyday life themselves. The books come in different forms, most often as young adult fiction books or young adult romance books.
   
Popular young adult characters
Some of the most famous book characters are found in the young adult genre. Here we find Bella Swan, the girl who falls in love with a mysterious and handsome vampire, Edward, in a little, rainy town where strange things happen. Here we also see the genre features of YA. Bella is an ordinary girl who falls in love for the first time and discovers her own sexuality. A very important step in any young adult’s life. At the same time she lives in a world with vampires and werewolves and magical wars. The fictional elements in the plot also helps her find her inner strength and develop her as a person.   
The Twilight universe as a young adult book series has fascinated both youngsters and adults around the world, where fans discussed which man Bella should pick. Should it be the shy and mysterious vampire or the attractive werewolf? The whole Twilight series is also adapted for the screen making the young adult novels even more popular.  
Another popular character from another young adult book series is the famous young wizard Harry Potter. In the Harry Potter series we also have a main character, who doesn’t fit in, but instead discovers he belongs in a magical world. Again the fictional elements help the young adult character to discover his true self and again we see the coming of age plot. Although a lot of the story takes place in a magical world with fictional problems, the story is also about friendship. No matter which opponent Harry, Ron and Hermione are up against, they always fight together and find strength in each other. 

The classics written for young adults
You also find classical novels written for young adults in our selection. A classical novel never loses it’s magic. It makes you reflect and everyone can get something out of reading a classic, because they deal with universal problems. The story could have been written 200 years ago and still be as relevant as the day it was published, but the language could be quite a challenge to read, especially as a young adult. Therefore the beloved stories have been adapted to young adult formats, so that the young readers can get as much out of the story as all the enthusiastic previous readers.
Among the classics is the beloved Pride and Prejudices, made as one of the young adult romance books, by the timeless author Jane Austen. In the story we meet the young girl Elizabeth, who just likes Bella Swan and Harry Potter, are different, because she doesn't live up to that times’ ideal of a woman. At the same time she falls in love for the first time, but she is having troubles figuring out the truth and which man she should trust with her heart. Instead of using a fictional universe to deal with the everyday problems, the story uses humor. Furthermore, although the story was realistic at the time, the times have changed and the historical time period almost becomes its own fictional universe, where the young readers can learn about the lifestyles of that time and especially the ideals of women. Another classic made for young adults that deals with some of the same themes is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte. Again we have a strong female lead character, who falls in love for the first time and discovers a whole new world - the world of adults. 

No matter which tales you love, you find all the young adult books to read right here.

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