7 YA Books You Need To Read If You’re Feeling Single AF

If there’s one thing that people just love to tell you when you’re single, it’s that there’s nothing wrong with being single.

Of course, this statement is usually followed by the question, “But why aren’t you dating anyone, anyway?” so this message is, at best, mixed and, at worst, hypocritical. (Besides, when one says that there isn’t anything wrong with something, my knee-jerk reaction is to think about every single thing that’s wrong with it. Don’t you do the same?)

The point is, sometimes you’re feelin’ super single–like, really, really single–and other people aren’t exactly helping. The solution? Stop relying on people. Turn to some books! Here are 7 YA books that can totally be your bae when you’re feeling single AF:

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

If you've ever said something along the lines of, "I wish I could just, like, be stranded on a desert island so that I never have to endure questions about my dating life ever again," this is the book for you. This book is an updated, feminist take on "Lord of the Flies" that chronicles what happens when a plane crash leaves thirteen beauty pageant contestants stranded together on a desert island (spoiler alert: the girls handle being on a deserted island much better than the boys). "Beauty Queens" lets the reader see what life can be like for teen girls when they're freed from the expectations of society and he outcome , of course, contains all the drama, intrigue, and Hunger Games-esque hijinks you can imagine--plus plenty of humor. Quoth the book's jacket, "Welcome to the unexfoliated heart of darkness." The horror, the horror!

Buy it at Amazon for $9.18

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

This is a YA historical novel about the friendship between two young British women, one English and one Scottish, in World War II– a spy captured by the Nazis in German-occupied France and the pilot who brought her there. This is a great book to read when you want to be transported to another time and need to be reminded that, well, there are some things that are much more important than dating.

Buy it at Amazon for $6.31

Dramarama by E. Lockhart

Sarah--who prefers to go by "Sadye"-- and her best friend Demiare going to drama camp together, and she just cannot wait. Finally, they get to leave their small town in Ohio behind and become the stars that they really feel they should be at this camp. Very soon upon arrival, however, their trajectories diverge: Demi soars at camp, while Sadye's ambitions don't line up with her actual talent--or, rather, the roles she receives--at camp. To add insult to injury Demi seems to find love and Sadye...doesn't. This is a great story about making things work out for yourself when your plans just don't really work out the way you felt like they should.

Buy it at Amazon for $6

Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney has this statement at the beginning of her book: "I've been single for my entire life. Not one boyfriend. Not one short-term dating situation. Not one person with whom I regularly hung out and kissed on the face." This book isn't strictly YA, nor is it fiction, really, but, as you can see by the above quote, it's a great collection of essays about technically being single for your whole life--and why that's okay. Plus, as a bonus, it's totally hilarious.

Buy it at Amazon for $11.28

Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

Written in a combination of standard narrative and epistolary form (well, email epistolary), "Roomies" tells the stories of Elizabeth and Lauren, two girls on opposite ends of the country who have been assigned to be college roommates. Initially, their communication is not so great--Lauren REALLY did not want to have a roommate--but through their emails, the girls become closer and help each other with two very tumultuous summers. This is a particularly great read if you're just starting college--or, alternately, if you're super into having internet friends.

Buy it at Amazon for $7.69

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Elise Dembowski loves a challenge. Her latest project? Becoming cool. Except she fails. Miserably. And then almost everything in her life starts falling to pieces. One night, she stumbles into a warehouse party by chance where she meets some actual friends--Vicky, a girl in a band; Char, a DJ; and Pippa, an ethereal girl from England. Most importantly, she discovers that she loves--and is actually very good at--DJing. This is a great book to read if you want to be inspired to find a passion to pursue--not, like, a person (ew).

Buy it at Amazon for $9.18

Vegan Virgin Valentine by Carolyn Mackler

Mara Valentine is a high school senior who's basically like a cracked-out hybrid of Spencer Hastings plus Tracy Flick. This is to say that she's very, very driven--she's Yale-bound, vice-president of the student council, and her only competition for becoming valedictorian is her womanizing ex. She plans to kick his butt. So what? She likes control. Then, suddenly, Vivienne, her sixteen-year-old, sexually promiscuous pot-smoking niece who goes only by "V" moves in with her family. Mara is not happy about this, but, eventually, she learns that it's possible to enjoy life without being totally in control. Sometimes. There is a modicum of romance in the book, but it's not, like, the main focus of the novel.

Buy it at Amazon for $7.37

Do you think these books would help with feeling super single? What books did I miss? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Alaina Lisanti

    “Beauty Queens” and “Code Name Verity” are two of my favorites!