I recently went on a flight and have a couple more coming up in a couple months. I am always thinking about books to read on planes. I think when you are reading on a plane, you want a shorter book and one that is jam-packed! Especially on flights when you don’t have in-flight entertainment. Here is a selection of YA books perfect to read on a plane.
Your Turn to Die by Sue Wallman
“Every winter, three families gather in an old house to celebrate the New Year. This year, 15-year-old Leah and the other kids discover that the house has a dark past. As they dig into the history, terrible things start happening, and if Leah isn’t careful, this New Year might be her last.”
I read this on my recent flight to Lanzarote. It is a story you can read in one sitting. It will grip you right from the start and you won’t want to put it down. It is just over 250 pages long which is perfect for a flight.
Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt
“When Jack meets his new foster brother, he already knows three things about him: Joseph almost killed a teacher. He was incarcerated at a place called Stone Mountain. He has a daughter. Her name is Jupiter. And he has never seen her. What Jack doesn’t know, at first, is how desperate Joseph is to find his baby girl. Or how urgently he, Jack, will want to help. But the past can’t be shaken off. Even as new bonds form, old wounds reopen. The search for Jupiter demands more from Jack than he can imagine.”
One of my friends Sarah recommended this book for me to read on my flight. I actually picked it up when we arrived at our villa. After reading it I understand why it is perfect for a flight. It is a short story, less than 200 pages long. Although it is a short story it packs a punch! This is another book you can read in one sitting, just be prepared as you might cry.
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
“A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
This is another short read perfect for a shorter flight. I read this a few years ago and I read it from start to finish in a 3 hour flight. It is just short of 250 pages. It is a mystery book that will keep you guessing. I love reading E. Lockhart books on planes and she has so many to choose from, this is my favourite yet.
I Was Born for This by Alice Oseman
“For Angel Rahimi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.
Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.
Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.”
This book would be perfect for a longer flight at exactly 400 pages. You will not want to put it down. I forgot where I was when I read this book. Hopefully it will help you forget you are on a plane.
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel
“When Maisie Winters wakes up, she’s in the hospital.
The last thing she remembers is running through the hills of her neighborhood one misty morning. Slowly, she puts the pieces together. Before she could make it home, a storm gathered. Lightning hit a power line and sparks rained down, the hot-burning electrical fire consuming her. Destroying her face. Where her nose, cheeks, and chin used to be, now there is…nothing.”
This book is another one for a longer flight, just short of 400 pages. This book has the potential to make you cry so be prepared for that. I loved this book it is such an extraordinary read. I have read this book so many times and I cannot recommend it enough and I feel like it would be perfect for a flight.
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