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5 Reasons Why You Should be Reading YA Novellas

A lot of YA series are now pushing out these short stories (the cool kids call them novellas) in between books in the series. So, there will be, say, Book 1, Book 2, Book 2.5. The Book 2.5 is a story that takes place in the world of the series but is not integral to the plot (i.e. you don’t have to read Book 2.5 to follow the story in Book 3) and could be the side story of a main character or minor character and could told in a different POV.

Also, you may have guessed by the term “short story,” but novellas are typically between 100-200 pages.

All very interesting, I thought. Except for one small fact: I’d never bothered to read one. Then that changed when I heard that Destroy Me (Shatter Me #1.5) was told from Warner’s point of view. HECK YES! Sign me up!

5 Reasons Why You Should be Reading YA Novellas

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If you’re late to the novella-reading scene like me, it’s ok. You’ve got plenty of time. If you’re still not convinced, then I’ll give you a little push.

Here are a few reasons you should be reading series novellas

1. Get more one-on-one time in your favorite settings/worlds. Especially for series that have so much going on, it’s nice to take a break from the drama and have a little laid-back fun. Plus, you only get so much time in a particular world, so use this excuse to “explore” a bit more.

2. Learn character back-storys. Many novellas go back in time or cover a lapse in time between books. This shows another side of our fave characters or can reveal their origin story.

3. Cheat on your reading goal for the year. You didn’t hear this from me, but…if you’re short on time and you’re only a few books away from your goal OR you just want a little boost, read a novella! They’re short sweet and they totally count. (I think.)

4. Spend less money. You could argue that novellas are cheap (between $1-3) because they’re short, and you would be right. But still. Cheap fun is still good fun.

5. Have a better sense of depth and understanding of the story. Translation: one up your friends by knowing more than they do about the book, story and characters. I didn’t say these reasons to read novellas were altruistic. :)

Top Novellas To Read

To name a few (this is definitely not an exhaustive list):

What YA novellas have you read and enjoyed? If you haven’t read a novella, was has held you back?

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Stephanie

    I really love the novellas that have a different character’s perspective like Roar and Liv. Destroy Me just blew my mind because of all the new information about Warner that we learn. My all time favorite though has to be Free Four which is the novella between Divergent and Insurgent. It’s from Four’s perspective and I loved reading something that has his POV.

    BTW, I have been reading this blog for a few months now and I love love love it! I’ve read several of the books that were recommended on this site and have enjoyed each one. Thanks so much!

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      I loved Free Four too! I really love seeing different POVs. And thanks so much! Your comment seriously made my day!! :)

  • Danielle Nguyen

    I read almost all of the free ones I find, as long as they’re part of a series I’m interested in. I buy a few here and there too, if they’re from an author I really love.

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Ohhh, what are some free ones?!

  • http://wordcraftandmystery.blogspot.be/ Tine

    The main reason I haven’t read every novella that’s part of a series I like, is that they’re ebooks. If I pay for a book, I want to have it on paper. The only exception I’ve made on this are the Throne of Glass novellas because they were mentoined a few times in the actual book. But apart from that, novellas I read are either free or bundled into an anthology on paper.
    I can’t wait for the Delirium Stories to be released and to get my hands on a copy of “Verwoest me” (which is a translation of Destroy Me and was actually printed on paper by the publisher in my country- I love those people sooo much for that) 😀

    • http://www.readbreatherelax.com Lisa@Read.Breathe.Relax.

      Very cool! I didn’t know that! Thanks for sharing.

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