You know what I love to read? YA books set in college! Because A) I’m a college student B) College is MORE fun than high-school because you’re an official adult! and C) There’s so few college YA books. (WHY?)
Anyway, since there aren’t that many books set in college, this post is a tad bit different. This is a mixing bowl post – what makes a great YA book set in college, along with some of my personal favorite YA books set in college.
Choosing a college is HARD. You have to take prep tests, the ACT or SAT or AP exams, and then start applying to all these schools. Do you know how much of a mess it is to actually apply? Essays, and filling out forms, and more essays. All this energy just to get into one school. Bahhumbug.
And then waiting. And waiting to hear back. Have I been accepted? Am I really going? Who else is going with me? Will I know anyone?
Two books that dealt really well with these super stressful topics are Leah on the Offbeat & Always and Forever, Lara Jean.
I love all the chatter in both of these books about WHICH college to choose. And visiting college for the first time. And the HARD part of saying goodbye to friends when you head off to different schools.
You’re not in college until you’ve met your roommates. Sometimes YAY. Sometimes, let me run and hide. Roommates are the weirdest thing, because they can be amazing or just not so great.
And when you do love your roommates, it’s fantastic. And you might become best friends forever, even when the school year is done. Though it’s hard when you’re college best friend is graduated and lives FAR away and you’re both still poor and can’t ever see each other. :-/
A couple of books that dealt super great with college roommates are Fangirl and American Panda. I love Cath’s roommate in Fangirl! She’s just hilarious, and reminds me of my roommate my freshman year.
My roommates from freshman/sophomore year who’ve BOTH graduated but still come visit sometimes.
Along with roommates, there’s regular old dorm life. *sigh because dorms are the worst* Both Fangirl and American Panda definitely make dorm life an important part of the story. And it’s realistic.
Because dorm life either makes life alright or the absolute most terrible thing in the world. Like when some group of girls plays Dutch Blitz outside your door at 11:45 every night. Pure evil.
Also, who had time and energy to play a hecka loud game of dutch blitz at midnight? I honestly did not even understand how these people were human.
BUT that year is done and now I currently live at the top floor of my dorm in the corner right next to the stairwell. SO QUIET. I LOVE IT. NO ONE is coming to the top of all of the flights of stairs to party at night. LIFE IS NOW GOOD.
So it’s kind of funny to put these two topics together because my life is all about the classes and 0.0000% romance.
But apparently some people sit in class and meet other cute people, and actually fall in love? Is this an actual collegiate miracle?
But sometimes I do get to be in the same class as my best friends. Then we get to harass the professor together and is there anything better than that?
Can we just have a book with some friendly classroom banter between friends and professors? OH! That reminds me of a book I just read that has awesome classroom banter. Now, it’s set in high school but features really, really great class discussions.
I loved the class discussion in Dear Martin! It was fast paced and felt authentic, and presented both sides of an emotional argument. I think the class discussions were some of my favorite parts of this book? They were just so good! And definitely reminded me of my college classroom discussions.
Also, the formatting? Just scripting the words instead of focusing on telling the words was super cool and made for easy reading.
In case you’re wondering, yes, I’m guilty of yelling at people during some very heated discussions. Ginger attitude.
I haven’t read these books yet, BUT they are also set in college. And I even put them both on my September TBR and have them checked out from the library, so hopefully I WILL get tor read them this month.
I also worked on writing a book set in college this summer. It’s about half way written, and I’m going to hopefully keep writing it. I’ve never worked on two writing projects at the same time? So we’ll see if my college story can be written at the same time as my Augustus Caesar gender swapped fantasy.
But for my college story, I’m going to start working on finding beta readers this fall, so if you’re interested, let me know!
Do you enjoy reading YA books set in college? Do you have any favorites? Have you read any of my favorites? Any books you think I’m missing from my list?
If you’re not in college, do you have any questions about college life? Before I came to college I kind of might have believed some crazy myths, so ask away! I’ll be super happy to give you the inside scoop on my college experience. 😂