25 YA Novels Everyone — Even Adults — Should Read


So Yesterday, Scott Westerfeld

Westerfeld’s acute brand of social criticism is in particularly high form in So Yesterday, in which he takes aim at advertising and corporate appropriation of youth culture by setting his story in a universe barely distinguishable from our own. Like Tally in Uglies, the protagonist’s worldview is upended by a new friend who challenges the idea of selling trends to companies desperate to determine what’s “cool.” It’s not quite enough to counteract the flood of marketing Kids These Days constantly consume, but it’s a start.