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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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  • - Winner of the YA Goodreads Choice Award
    by E. Lockhart

    A New York Times Bestseller. A beautiful and distinguished family. A private island.A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy. A group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive. A revolution.Lockhart. Read it. And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £3.99 - 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.

  • by Onjali Q. Rauf
    £3.99 - 8.49

    Told with heart and humour, The Boy at the Back of the Class is a child's perspective on the refugee crisis, highlighting the importance of friendship and kindness in a world that doesn't always make sense.

  • by Hafsah Faizal
    £3.99 - 9.99

    A rich and searing epic fantasy sequel set in ancient Arabia, Hafsah Faizal's We Free the Stars is the highly anticipated follow up to We Hunt the Flame.

  • by Alice Oseman
    £0.99 - 11.99

    The fourth novel from the phenomenally talented Alice Oseman - one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA.

  • by Nicola Yoon, Dhonielle Clayton, Angie Thomas, et al.
    £9.99 - 8.49

    The irresistible blockbuster YA romance of summer 2021 by six of the biggest voices in YA. Perfect for fans of Jenny Han, Netflix's Let it Snow and Bolu Babalola's Love in Colour.

  • by Nina Varela

  • by Jane Austen
    £1.99 - 25.99

    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

  • - The stunning new edition of the international bestseller
    by Cassandra Clare

    The first book in the Dark Artifices trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Cassandra Clare - now in a glorious new hardback edition with bonus material and an exclusive letter from the author.

  • by Aiden Thomas

    A trans boy determined to prove his gender to his traditional Latinx family summons a ghost who refuses to leave in this Own Voices LGBT paranormal YA novel.

  • - The multi-award-winning international bestseller
    by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

    The highly acclaimed cult classic about family, friendship and first love, from award-winning author Benjamin Alire Saenz.

  • by Adiba Jaigirdar
    £4.49 - 12.99

    Nishat and Fl via are rivals at school, but Nishat can't help the secret crush burning in her heart - even though her parents disapprove of the fact she likes girls. Can she possibly find her happy ever after? A gorgeous, heart-warming, queer YA love story for fans of Becky Albertalli. When Nishat comes out to her parents, they say she can be anyone she wants - as long as she isn't herself. Because Muslim girls aren't lesbians. Nishat doesn't want to lose her family, but she also doesn't want to hide who she is, which only gets harder once Fl via walks into her life.Beautiful and charismatic, Fl via takes Nishat's breath away. But as their lives become tangled, they're caught up in a rivalry that gets in the way of any feelings they might have for each other.Can Nishat find a way to be true to herself... and find love too?Adiba Jaigirdar is a stunning new voice in young adult fiction, writing uplifting, authentic stories from a Bengali-Irish perspective.

  • by Sarah J. Maas
    £8.99 - 12.99

    A hugely commercial, fabulously addictive fantastical romp - from an author with top-notch digital self-publishing pedigree and legions of fans awaiting publication

  • by Alice Oseman
    £2.99 - 9.49

    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 Rainbow Rowell

    The eagerly anticipated finale to the Simon Snow series by the number one New York Times bestselling author of Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell.

  • by Kathryn Purdie
    £6.99 - 11.49

    Includes an excerpt from the second book in the duology.

  • - The much-loved hit from the author of No.1 bestselling blockbuster THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END!
    by Adam Silvera

    From the author of the INTERNATIONAL NO. 1 BESTSELLER THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END comes an explosive examination of grief, mental illness, and the devastating consequences of refusing to let go of the past.

  • by Malorie Blackman
    £3.99 - 8.49

  • by Kalynn Bayron

  • by Alice Oseman
    £2.99 - 9.49

    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 Jenny Han

    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 Sarah J. Maas
    £12.49 - 17.49

  • by Alice Oseman
    £6.99 - 10.49

    *Soon to be a live-action Netflix series!* Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. The bestselling LGBTQ+ graphic novel about life, love, and everything that happens in between: this is the fourth 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 Shelby Mahurin

  • by Stephanie Perkins
    £3.49 - 7.49

    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 John Green
    £3.99 - 12.99

  • by Tracy Deonn
    £3.99 - 11.99

    The first book in a heart-pounding YA fantasy series from debut author Tracy Deonn.

  • by Cassandra Clare

  • by Tahereh Mafi
    £3.99 - 9.99

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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