YA's Obsession With: Dead Loved Ones

If you lived in the YA world, it's likely one or both of your parents, your favorite siblings, the grannie who raised you, your first crush, and/or your best friend all died last week. Barring that, they'll be dead ten pages from now--which will either send you into an existential quandary someone will need to pull you out of, or have you hunting for a killer that trained investigators can't seem to catch. Good luck with that...

This list is for all YA novels that feature dead parents, siblings, important relatives, girl/boyfriends, or friends as a part of character history or the starting gun for character motivation.

NOTE: If you see a book listed here erroneously, please leave a note for me so I can remove it. Thanks!

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Please only list books published with traditional presses (large or small; no self-published please) that are published in hardcover or paperback (ebook is fine, as long as hc or pb also are available)
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message 1: by Katie (new)

Katie The last three YA books I've read have all featured a main character whose mother died in a car accident. My response has gone from "how sad" to "Seriously? Again!?"


message 2: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Hennis Katie wrote: "The last three YA books I've read have all featured a main character whose mother died in a car accident. My response has gone from "how sad" to "Seriously? Again!?""

XD Which ones were they?


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie Olivia wrote: "Katie wrote: "The last three YA books I've read have all featured a main character whose mother died in a car accident. My response has gone from "how sad" to "Seriously? Again!?""

XD Which ones..."


Make that four in a row! I'll Give You The Sun, The Geography of You and Me, Better Off Friends, and My Life With The Walter Boys. I think I need to stop reading YA books!


message 4: by Olivia (new)

Olivia Hennis Make that four in a row! I'll Give You The Sun, The Geography of You and Me, Better Off Friends, and My Life With The Walter Boys. I think I need to stop reading YA books!
..."



lol Maybe this list would have been better to be "YA Books that DON'T Kill Off a Loved One". Much shorter.


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