YA Before It Was Cool - Pre-2000 Books For YA Readers

The rise of the "young adult" categorization used by publishers and booksellers has created a strange sort of mixed genre encompassing fantasy, sci-fi, general contemporary fiction, "issues" books and more, with an evolving, shared set of tropes and cliches. The modern conception of YA fiction draws on older fiction, but it can be difficult for old fogies like me to know what to recommend to people looking for something resembling their favourite YA fiction. This list will hopefully bring together a collection of books published before 2000 which might appeal to fans of modern YA fiction.

There are no hard and fast criteria for inclusion of this list, but it should generally consist of books with teenage characters, coming-of-age themes and/or other general features associated with YA and exclude things you wouldn't recommend for a young teenager. It definitely isn't necessary for a book in this list to tick all the boxes of the increasingly parodied cliches of less imaginative modern YA.
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