5 Adult Counterparts of YA Novels

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Reading books growing up also means changing genres. As someone who is slowly transitioning from young adult to adult, here are some adult versions of these YA novels.


The Young Elites → Villains series

If you think Adelina’s development as an antihero is too vanilla, try giving Victor and Eli a go. Driven to extremes, Victor and Eli challenge our notions of morality and compromise.  I feel like this is really relatable for someone who’s at the cusp of adulthood.

Read more about Vicious here.

A Thousand Pieces of You → Dark Matter

A Thousand Pieces of You features the multiverse and what happens when these multiverses interact with each other. A Dark Matter also has the multiverse but makes it a little bit more complicated: what happens when countless different versions of you want your universe?

Read more about Dark Matter here.

The Song of Achilles → Captive Prince

Both oozing the ancient Greek aesthetic, Captive Prince is the more NSFW version of The Song of Achilles. It features an LGBT romance that makes readers swoon and unlike The Song of Achilles, Captive Prince is a three-part series.

Read more about Captive Prince.

Falling Kingdoms → A Song of Ice and Fire series

A lot of YA readers have heard of Falling Kingdoms and most likely tune into HBO’s Game of Thrones. However, HBO’s Season 8 has not been received well and many have expressed their disappointment at the drop of the quality throughout the years. If you’ve been thinking about reading the books, here is the green light that tells you to go, go, go!

Read more about A Game of Thrones here.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before → The Unhoneymooners

Jenny Han’s To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before resurrected in the book community after its Netflix adaptation that was too perfect. But as we grow older and realize that fake dating in high school is soooo ten years ago, how about faking a marriage in Hawaii to shove it to your ex and save face with your new boss? That sounds more relatable if you ask me!

Read more about The Unhoneymooners here.


Growing up is a hard thing to navigate around. As someone who finds herself in between two genres, I struggle with this kind of book dilemmas more often than I’d like to admit. So this post is dedicated to those people who feel like one genre isn’t enough to express their broad interest in books (and life in general).

If you have book recommendations similar to mine, feel free to drop them in the comments!

6 Replies to “5 Adult Counterparts of YA Novels”

    1. I find myself in the same predicament every time I try to venture to the adult genre so the few that I’ve read tend to be more intense than their YA counterparts. I’m glad to hear that this post was helpful! 💖

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