What Your Favorite YA Novel Says About You

by Julia Seales

There are tons of YA series out there, going from book to bestseller to blockbuster movie, and it’s time to admit it: You’ve read them all. As you should! Sometimes a person needs to cuddle up with a great young adult quest novel, or a teenage romance, or the story of a rebellious “chosen one” who leads a revolution. People who say that YA books are only for children are seriously missing out, because there’s no reason why you can’t relate to a character just because his or her age isn’t exactly the same as yours.

If you remember what it was like to be a teenager, chances are you’ll be able to sympathize with the hero or heroine in some fashion. And OK, maybe these books have tropes in them (love triangles, being sorted into houses/factions/etc.), but so do all genres and categories of books. Plus, they’re entertaining! They’re fun! And they contain themes that everyone can relate to.

However, despite the common motifs in many YA books, overall they’re pretty different. That’s probably why YA fans are so hardcore — they’re constantly defending their chosen favorite. So in true YA fashion, I’m going to sort you by your favorite young adult book, and explain exactly what your fandom reveals about you.

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

You have a thirst for adventure, but you've also got a darker side. You're able to stay calm in an emergency, so your friends can always count on you to be the sturdy backbone on which they can depend. Though they'll also have to hear you complain about social media these days, because you've got a bit of a vendetta about the way the Capitol — I mean, "the man" — presents everything.

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2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

You don't care what people think of you, and when you find something you love, you stay loyal to it. Forever. Kind of like Edward and Bella... At heart, you're a romantic, and your favorite weather is — you guessed it — rain.

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3. The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

You're not afraid to embrace your sensitive side, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. People appreciate your wry sense of humor, and they're often surprised at how romantic you can be, because usually you're cracking jokes to lighten the mood.

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4. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

You love the idea of another world being somewhere out there, just waiting to be found. You're an only child, but you surround yourself with a close-knit group of friends and would do anything for them, but you also can't resist mysterious strangers.

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5. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

High school was a rough time for you. But you're the type of person who can learn from difficult experiences. You're a little on the hipster side, though you'd never describe yourself that way. You probably have a collection of vinyl and fairy string lights in your room, and your head is always up in the clouds. But when it comes down to it, you're the most loyal friend anyone could ask for.

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6. The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

First of all, you really wish you could go to Camp Half-Blood. Second of all, you have strong feelings about the movie version of this series. OK, now that that's been stated: You have an adventurous spirit, and you love to travel. Sometimes you feel like a bit of a loner, but that's because most people can't keep up with your pace. But when you do find the people who can, they're kindred spirits who also share your love of experiencing life to the fullest.

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7. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

You have a fascination with how things work, and when you were younger, your hobbies consisted of playing with legos and taking apart VCRs before putting them back together. You're known for being a very practical person, but you also have a whimsical side.

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8. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

You're an introvert, but once people get to know you, they find out what an exciting imagination you have. Despite the fact that you live in pajamas and bring your laptop with you everywhere, you have so much to talk about. You relate a little bit to every fandom on here, because there are very few books you haven't read and been obsessed with at some point in time, but that's one thing people love about you — no matter what topic they choose, you'll probably have something interesting and unique to say on the matter.

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9. The Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

You're adventurous and cool and probably most likely to have some sort of interesting tattoo. You know exactly which faction you'd be in, and when people look for someone to inspire them, they usually look to you. Your independence and strong sense of morals guide every choice you make, which is something your friends respect you for.

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10. An Ember In The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

You're a firm believer in second chances. You try to see things from all perspectives, and you always reserve the right to change your mind about something or someone when you learn new information. You seek adventure and excitement, and you highly value your freedom.

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11. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

First of all, you were born to be royalty. You would fit right in if someone dropped you into a court, though you'd never forget your roots. You're proud of where you come from, but you're also ambitious and a hard worker. People often underestimate how awesome you are, but you just use that to your advantage.

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12. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

You're supermegafoxyawesomehot. Good for you.

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