Authors of Clean YA You Should Check Out

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

YA Fantasy

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

Talk to Me, Arrowheads!

Who are your favorite authors of clean YA fiction that were not included here? Drop your recommendations in the comments!

Aim high, stay strong, and always hit your mark.

-Allyson 😀

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As an author and blogger, my goal is to teach writers that there is a way to write realistic, thought-provoking, redemptive Christian fiction that honors God while not sugarcoating the realities of the world. 

9 thoughts on “Authors of Clean YA You Should Check Out

  1. Good idea to provide clean recommendations – and I’m touched that my books made your list 🙂
    To readers, I’d also suggest :
    Speak Your Mind by you (so much to glean!),
    See You Monday by Kristen Terrette,
    soon-to-be released A Shadow on the Snow by JPC Allen,
    The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz (historical fiction),
    Pure Hollywood by Leslie Ann McDaniel, and
    Peak by Roland Smith

    I look forward to seeing other bloggers’ recs too!

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