As an author of young adult books, I'm often asked, "Why write YA?" The answer is simple: young adult novels are versatile; they span countless genres and subject matters; and these books contain some of the strongest protagonists out there. The options for YA readers are plentiful today, but in the early 2000s, it was a very different genre. You couldn't chat with fellow book-lovers on Goodreads or on Twitter or on Instagram or Tumblr. If you wanted an update from an author, you had to read their LiveJournal or their blog. What a wild time to be alive, right?
The young adult market underwent a huge market shift in the early 2000s. Remember, this was before Twilight, but after Baby-Sitter's Club. Paranormal books like Demon in My View were all the rage. From a reader's perspective, I couldn't get enough of the supernatural, especially with Buffy the Vampire Slayer at its peak popularity. But there were also incredible contemporary novels by some of today's most popular YA authors, including Jacqueline Woodson and Benjamin Alire Sáenz.
These 11 underrated young adult novels from the early 2000s (2000 - 2005, specifically) definitely deserve a little more love — and a re-read.