Adult Crossover Fiction for High Schools

When I was in high school (my boys will claim that was during the Stone Age), YA literature did not exist—except for a few early titles like S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. So when I read fiction, I had only adult titles to choose from. I remember reading Allen Drury’s political thrillers, quite a few gothic romances, and James Dickey’s Deliverance —all from my high school library.

Our teens have much more available to them, books with characters like themselves who have issues and problems and questions like their own. But some high school students, especially in the upper grades, are eager for adult books as well.  The Alex Awards are a great resource for these students, and some review journals also provide suggestions.

I’ve read several books recently that would be excellent for teens. Check them out—and if you know of others, please share them in the comments.

And I haven’t forgotten nonfiction.  Later this week, I’ll post some nonfiction crossover titles as well!



Girl Waits with Gun (Kopp Sisters Novel, Book 1) by Amy Stewart. 9780544409910. 2015. Gr 10-Adult.
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (Kopp Sisters, Book 2). 9780544409941. 2016.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. 9781101947135. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Huck Out West by Robert Coover. 9780393608441. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Mister Memory by Marcus Sedgwick. 9781681773407. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff. 9780778319818. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.


Realistic, Mystery


The Decent Proposal by Kemper Donovan. 9780062391629. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

The Dry by Jane Harper. 9781250105608. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett. 9780399184512. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. 9780812989885. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.




All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. 9781101985137. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. 9781101885932. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

The Everything Box by Richard Kadrey. 9780062389541. 2106. Gr 11-Adult.

Jane Steele by Lindsay Faye. 9780399169496. 2016. Gr 11-Adult. Retellings/historical

The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales. 9781594632419. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.


And here are several others that are on my TBR pile:



Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister. 9781492635222. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Mischling by Affinity Konar. 9780316308106. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Setting Free the Kites by Alex George. 9780399162107. 2017. Gr 10-Adult.

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Book 1) by Kerri Maniscalco. 9780316273497. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Victoria by Daisy Goodwin. 9781250045461. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.


Realistic, Mystery


Leave Me by Gayle Forman. 9781616206178. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran. 9781101982242. 2017. Gr 11-Adult.

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta. 9780316349291. 2016. Gr 11-Adult.




All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. 9780765379948. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

Nevernight (Book 1) by Jay Kristoff. 9781250073020. 2016. Gr 10-Adult.

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