10 Recent YA Books That Totally Make Up for ‘Twilight’

If I Stay, by Gayle Foreman

Just like how you know that if the girl in a horror flick refuses a ride home, she’s going to meet an untimely end in a back alley, you can bet that if the protagonist of a YA novel has a great relationship with their parents, something awful is going to happen to them. When Mia and her family are in a terrible car accident, she steps out of her body and watches doctors try to keep it alive as she tries to decide if she can survive without her parents and brother. Watching as her boyfriend begs her to live and her grandfather gives her permission to go, it’s an intense look at facing an adult future without the possibility of retreating into even the trappings of childhood.