Are you a fan of Young Adult fiction, but struggle to find good books that qualify for a PG rating? If you are, then you’ve hopped onto the right blog! As an author of clean, contemporary YA, I’m also an avid reader of the genre. Below is a list of authors I recommend who write clean, YA fiction. I’ve read each of these authors personally, and each book that has been recommended to the side of the author’s name has been vetted and is considered clean by my standards, as noted below.
NOTE: When I say clean, it’s something similar to A Cinderella Story or iCarly content-wise. I am a little more accepting of some things than others. Examples of content that I consider “unclean” for YA include: Major cuss words spelled out (I don’t consider crap, darn, heck, etc. to be cuss words), and descriptive sexual content and/or references (except kissing).
YA Contemporary Romance
Stephanie Morrill | Author of the Ellie Sweet duology
McCall Hoyle | Author of Meet the Sky and The Thing With Feathers
Christina June | Author of It Started With Goodbye
Sarah Sutton | Author of If The Broom Fits
Tara K. Ross | Author of Fade to White
Taylor Bennett | Author of Porch Swing Girl
M. Liz Boyle | Author of the Off the Itinerary trilogy
Jenny B. Jones | Author of the Katie Parker Productions series
Jenna Evans Welch | Author of Love & Gelato
Janette Rallison | Author of My Double Life
Tessa Emily Hall | Author of Purple Moon
Sean C. McMurray | Author of The Truth About Romantic Comedies
Krista McGee | Author of Starring Me
Jesseca Wheaton | Author of I Don’t Dance
Faith Potts | Author of Dandelion Dust
Sarah Jeffrey | Author of Me and My Invisible Guy
Nicole Quigley | Author of Like Moonlight at Low Tide
Allyson Kennedy (me, lol) | Author of Can’t Beat the Heart of a Carolina Girl and The Ballad of Emery Brooks trilogy
YA Historical Fiction
Stephanie Morill | Author of The Lost Girl of Astor Street and Within These Lines
Lorie Langdon | Author of Olivia Twist
Nadine Brandes | Author of Fawkes
Jesseca Wheaton | Author of A Question of Honor
Victoria Lynn | Author of London in the Dark and When Beauty Blooms
Rachel Coker | Author of Chasing Jupiter
Bethany Atazadeh | Author of The Stolen Kingdom series
Nadine Brandes | Author of the Out of Time trilogy
Tricia Mingerink | Author of the Beyond the Tales series
Nicki Chapelway | Author of the My Time in Amar series
Kara Swanson | Author of The Girl Who Could See
YA Dystopian // Sci-Fi- // Spy-Thriller
Jes Drew | Author of The Dystopian Takeover series and The Ninja and Hunter series
Kate Willis | Author of Kiera
Suzanne Collins | Author of The Hunger Games trilogy
Ally Condie | Author of the Matched trilogy
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Who are your favorite authors of clean YA fiction that were not included here? Drop your recommendations in the comments!
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