I started reading YA when my niece and nephew were younger. I would buy them books, and I would read them first. Mainly to give me something to talk to them about with them. Over the years, I have found that YA has really became a genre with powerful novels that can affect a person. So, I want to give you five that I think you should read. But I am cheating a bit - 1 of them is a series of 3, so it is really of list of 8 ;-) I tried to give you a list with a bit of variety.