Top 5 YA Stand-Alone Books

As much as we love movies and TV here at YEM, we know nothing can beat sitting down every now and then to crack open a good book. And as 2021 comes to an end, there were a few released that we feel deserve a spot on our Top 5 list.

1. You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

We here at YEM always love a good tearjerker, and You’ve Reached Sam does just that. A story about love, second chances, and maybe even a little magic, it’s one you don’t want to miss.

2. Bluebird by Sharon Cameron

Not every story is joyful, and Bluebird is one such tale. A thriller ripe with twists and intrigue. This novel (heavy as it may be) peels back the layers of history in a way that earns a spot on the list. 

3. A Face For Picasso by Ariel Henley

Ariel Henely’s memoir detailing her life story is as affecting as it is impactful. It’s here on the list because YEM knows how important it is for stories like this one to be acknowledged in any way they can be. 

4. The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch

Robbie Couch’s debut novel explores chosen family, as well as family and mentorship. Sky’s story will no doubt touch readers who identify with him, and YEM acknowledges that too by placing it on the list. 

5. Seven Dirty Secrets by Natalie D. Richards

The list wouldn’t be complete without a good horror-thriller, and Seven Deadly Secrets certainly delivers in that department. Readers will be kept on the edge of their seats as Cleo tries to get to the bottom of a strange scavenger hunt that could end in someone’s death if she’s not careful.

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