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Book Ideas For Kansas City's Young Adult Readers

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Alexandra Fuller
These days, adults are also gravitating towards young adult books.

As the year winds down, we look at young adult titles to keep you entertained during the colder months.

Themes of particular interest lately: contemporary realism that explores intersectional identities, escapism through fantasy and cozy romances.

Emma Fernhout's picks:
The Illuminae Files” by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
With the Fire on High” by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Bird and the Blade” by Megan Bannen
Watch Over Me” by Nina LaCour
Felix Ever After” by Kacen Alexander
The Disasters” by M. K. England

Heather Miller's picks:
Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline
A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow” by Laura Taylor Namey
Heartstopper” by Alice Oseman
Stamped” by Jason Reynolds
Wayward Son” by Rainbow Rowell

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann, and other podcasts at KCUR Studios. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.