Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Young Adult

Posted on December 4, 2023

It’s that time of year, when we ask the Your Kid’s Next Read community to share their young readers’ favourite reads of the previous 12 months.

This year, to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, we’ve broken our list up into categories share multiple lists of ‘favourite reads’ in different categories: picture booksearly chapter books (5-7), junior fiction (6-9), middle grade (10-13) and young adult (14+).

This very last post is all about young adult books, for readers aged 14+. There are some titles here that cross over with our middle-grade list, because kids come to reading at their own pace and stage.

Some of these books were published in 2023, some were not. One of the joys of a community like Your Kid’s Next Read is the ability for members to curate and create book lists that stretch way back through reading experiences, meaning any request or query results in a deep and thoughtful TBR pile on just about any subject.

Stand by also for Team YKNR’s favourite reads in 2023, coming soon.

These lists are great starting points when you’re looking for the next great read for your kid/s. Click the title to find out more about each book*.




Most Nominated

Best YA books 2023Completely Normal and Other Lies by Biffy James





Best YA books 2023Borderland by Graham Akhurst





Best YA books 2023Stuck Up & Stupid by Angourie Rice and Kate Rice





Best YA Books 2023Royals by Tegan Bennett Daylight

Dancing Barefoot by Alice Boyle

The Cruel Prince (Folk Of The Air series) by Holly Black

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs


Best YA books 2023One Song by A. J. Betts

Set over one weekend and the intensity of what that entails.” – Louise

Solitaire by Alice Oseman

Only A Monster (series) by Vanessa Len


Best YA Books 2023When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord

My 14-year-old niece who had ‘gone off’ reading these past few years is back in the game after reading [this].” – Danielle

The Greatest Thing by Sarah Winifred Searle



Best YA Books 2023Grace Notes by Karen Comer

The End Of The World Is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell

Always my biggest recommendation for this age group.” – Kylie

The Ranger’s Apprentice (series) by John Flanagan


Best YA Books 2023Arc of Scythe (series) by Neal Shusterman

Heartstopper (graphic novel series) by Alice Oseman

Tomorrow When The War Began by John Marsden

My son enjoyed it for Year 9 English and I was stoked to pass on my entire series!” – Renee


Best YA books 2023Inkflower by Suzy Zail

Percy Jackson (series) by Rick Riordan

The Hunger Games (series) by Suzanne Collins

Re-reading to prep for the release of the film.” – Briar


Best YA books 2023Neverlanders (graphic novel) by Tom Taylor and Jon Sommariva

Defy The Night (series) by Brigid Kemmerer

All of Brigid Kemmerer’s books.” – Hayley




Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Picture Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Chapter Books

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Junior Fiction

Your Kid’s Favourite Read 2023: Middle Grade


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A. L. Tait The First Summer of Callie McGeeAre you new here? Welcome to my blog! I’m Allison Tait, aka A.L. Tait, and I’m the author of middle-grade series, The Mapmaker Chronicles, The Ateban Cipher, and the Maven & Reeve Mysteries. My latest novel THE FIRST SUMMER OF CALLIE McGEE is out now. You can find out more about me here, and more about my books here.

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