07/03/2013 11:28 am ET Updated Sep 02, 2013

Enthralling YA Books for Your Beach Bag

Searching for that transporting, all-consuming, smoldering, heart rendering book that will sweep you away while you're soaking in the sun? Then look no further than your bookstore's Young Adult section to find the perfect companion for your beach vacation. As teen readers (and the adults who sneak their books away) know, YA can bring the heat and pack a punch.

But how to find a truly great story among all those Hunger Games and Twilight clones? Whether you love romance, thrillers, realism or fantasy, check out this selection of wholly authentic, skillfully written and thoroughly absorbing books, all ideal for long afternoons spent on the sand.

Enthralling YA Books for Your Beach Bag