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10 Young Adult Novels That Don't Suck

As a middle school English teacher, I've read a lot of young adult literature and, quite frankly, there's a lot of crap out there (I won't even climb on my anti- Twilight soapbox). Navigating the muddy waters of YA lit can be akin to, well, teaching middle school, but there really are some amazing reads in this genre. As a result, I've compiled a list of my favorites. Some are old standbys, while others are recent publications. They all deal with a greater theme worth discussing and a style that even grown-ups can appreciate. And for those of you who were racking your brains for ways to connect with your adolescent daughter that don't involve vampires or LMFAO, you're welcome. 1. The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton Hinton's requisite novel of classism and coming-of-age tells the story of Ponyboy, an orphan from the wrong side of the tracks. He and his fellow greasers are constantly at war with the Socs, the West-side rich kids who enjoy picking fight