Listmania: Young adult novels by state

Inspired by a challenge in my Goodreads group The Young Adult Book Club, I have begun a list of young adult novels categorized by state. The following list is in no way complete, so if you see something missing or incorrect, please leave a comment (!!!) or contact me via Goodreads, twitter or email.

*A note about organization: I have series listed by series name, instead of each individual book in the series unless the books travel to different locations. Ex. Ann Brashares' Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series is listed under Virginia, which is the primary location, but The Second Sisterhood is in Alabama, the third in Pennsylvania, etc. Books and series in more than one location are also listed at the bottom under Road Trip, which simply signifies more than one location, whether it's a series with mulitiple settings or one novel, like John Green's An Abundance of Katherines.

*Note 2: For the most part, I have not included unpublished works on this list, unless a setting is 100% guaranteed by the author and/or novel summary such as Miranda Kenneally's Things I Can't Forget (set in Hundred Oaks) or Jennifer Echols' Dirty Little Secret (set in Nashville).

The Boys Next Door – Jennifer Echols
Endless Summer – Jennifer Echols
Going Too Far – Jennifer Echols
Looking for Alaska – John Green
Major Crush – Jennifer Echols
Sea Breeze series - Abbi Glines (more new adult-ish)
Second of the Sisterhood – Ann Brashares
Vincent Boys duo – Abbi Glines

Aleutian Sparrow - Karen Hesse
Julie of the Wolves – Jean Craighead George

The Secret of Shadow Ranch – Carolyn Keene
Transparent - Natalie Whipple
Twilight – Stephenie Meyer

Megan Berry series – Stacey Jay
Where Things Come Back – John Corey Whaley

American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang
The Baby-Sitters Club – Ann M. Martin
Bloodlines series – Richelle Mead
Ex-mas – Kate Brian
The Fame Game series – Lauren Conrad
Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance – Brendan Halpin & Emily Franklin
L.A. Candy series – Lauren Conrad
Laguna Cove – Alyson Noel
Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
The Mediator series – Meg Cabot
Pretty Tough series – Liz Tigelaar
Secrets of My Hollywood Life series - Jen Calonita
Triple Shot Bettys series – Jody Gehrman
Twenty Boy Summer – Sarah Ockler
Weetzie Bat – Francesca Lia Block

A Beautiful Dark - Jocelyn Davies
The Book of Broken Hearts - Sarah Ockler 
The Ex Games – Jennifer Echols
Winter’s Kiss – Jennifer Echols & Catherine Hapka

Abandon - Meg Cabot
Baby-Sitters Club series – Ann M. Martin
Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver
My Life Next Door – Huntley Fitzpatrick
Pants on Fire - Meg Cabot
Prom & Prejudice – Elizabeth Eulberg

The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls - Julie Schumacher

Abandon series – Meg Cabot
Chemical Garden trilogy – Lauren DeStefano
Forget You – Jennifer Echols
Forgive My Fins series – Tera Lynn Childs
Just One Day – Gayle Forman
Mara Dyer series – Michelle Hodkin
Sea of Love – Jamie Ponti
South Beach Sizzle – Suzanne Weyn & Diana Gonzales
Taken – Edward Bloor
The Yearling – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

Anna and the French Kiss - Stephenie Perkins
The Demon Trappers series (Forsaken) - Jana Oliver
Fallen series – Lauren Kate
Hex Hall series – Rachel Hawkins
The One That I Want – Jennifer Echols
Purity - Jackson Pearce
Sisters Red – Jackson Pearce

Early One Sunday Morning
Kaiulani: The People's Princess, Hawaii, 1889 - Ellen Emerson White
Sever (Chemical Garden #3)- Lauren DeStefano

Frostbite – Richelle Mead
Unearthly – Cynthia Hand

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
Breaking Point (Article 5 #2) - Kristen Simmons
Divergent series – Veronica Roth
Mind Games - Kiersten White 
Where We Belong - Emily Giffin
Will Grayson, Will Grayson – John Green & David Levithan
XVI series – Julia Karr

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green
How to Be Popular - Meg Cabot
Teen Idol – Meg Cabot

Ashfall series - Mike Mullin

Perfect Escape - Jennifer Brown

Article 5 series - Kristen Simmons
Love Story – Jennifer Echols

Arise – Tara Hudson
The Chronicles of Nick series – Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Iron Fey series – Julie Kagawa
The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series – Julie Kagawa

Belle series – Carrie Jones
The Complete History of Why I Hate Her – Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Delirium series – Lauren Oliver
Earthbound - Aprilynne Pike
Hush, Hush series – Becca Fitzpatrick
Need series - Carrie Jones
This Is What Happy Looks Like - Jennifer E. Smith

Avalon High – Meg Cabot

Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover (Gallagher Girls) – Ally Carter
Just One Day – Gayle Forman 
The Killer's Cousin - Nancy Werlin
Mermaid in Chelsea Creek - Michelle Tea & Jason Polan

One Night That Changes Everything - Lauren Barnholdt
Starcrossed series – Josephine Angelini
Time Windows – Kathryn Rice

Band Geek Love series - Josie Bloss
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else - Erin McCahan

Betsy-Tacy series – Maud Hart Lovelace
Shiver series – Maggie Stiefvater

Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry series – Mildred D. Taylor

Mind Games - Kiersten White
Where We Belong - Emily Giffin
Winter's Bone - Daniel Woodrell

Vampire Academy series – Richelle Mead

Eleanor & Park - Rainbow Rowell
The Girl who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making - Catherynne M. Valente
The Sky Always Hears Me: And the Hills Don't Mind - Kirstin Cronn-Mills

Nevada (I'm sensing a theme with these titles...)
Burned series - Ellen Hopkins
Burning - Elana K. Arnold
Transparent - Natalie Whipple

New Hampshire
Earthbound - Aprilynne Pike
Forever - Judy Blume
Love and Leftovers - Sarah Tregay
Nothing But the Truth - Avi
A Separate Peace – John Knowles

New Jersey
Curse Workers series - Holly Black
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen
Forever - Judy Blume 
He’s So/She’s So series – Kieran Scott
Prom & Prejudice – Elizabeth Eulberg

New Mexico
Split - Swati Avasthi

New York
Airhead trilogy – Meg Cabot
The Baby-Sitters Club – Ann M. Martin
Birthright series – Gabrielle Zevin
Bittersweet – Sarah Ockler
Blue Bloods series - Melissa de la Cruz
Broadway Lights (Secrets of My Hollywood Life #5) - Jen Calonita 
Bunheads – Sophie Flack
Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
Chemical Garden trilogy (Wither & Fever only) - Lauren DeStefano
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things – Carolyn Mackler
Forever - Judy Blume 
Forever in Blue – Ann Brashares
The Girl in the Clockwork Collar – Kady Cross
Gossip Girl series – Cecily von Ziegesar
Just One Day – Gayle Forman 
The Lost Prince – Julie Kagawa
The Mortal Instruments series – Cassandra Clare
My Side of the Mountain – Jean Craighead George
Naomi & Ely’s No Kiss List – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Princess Diaries series – Meg Cabot
Prom & Prejudice – Elizabeth Eulberg
Puppy Love – Nancy E. Krulik
Reality Check - Jen Calonita
Sleepaway Girls - Jen Calonita

So Much Closer – Susane Colasanti
Speak – Laurie Halse Anderson
Take a Bow – Elizabeth Eulberg
Take Me There – Susane Colasanti
Underland Chronicles (Gregor) series – Suzanne Collins
V Valentine series – Carolyn Mackler
Where We Belong - Emily Giffin

North Carolina
Along for the Ride – Sarah Dessen
Belles series – Jen Calonita
Dreamland – Sarah Dessen
Just Listen – Sarah Dessen
Keeping the Moon – Sarah Dessen
The Last Song – Nicholas Sparks
Lock and Key – Sarah Dessen
The Moon and More - Sarah Dessen
Someone Like You – Sarah Dessen
That Summer – Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby – Sarah Dessen
The Truth About Forever – Sarah Dessen
A Walk to Remember – Nicholas Sparks
What Happened to Goodbye – Sarah Dessen

North Dakota
The Beet Fields: Memories of a Sixteenth Summer - Gary Paulsen

Fat Angie - E.E. Charlton-Trujillo 
I Am Number Four – Pittacus Lore
P.S. Longer Letter Later – Paula Danziger &Ann M. Martin
Snail Mail No More – Paula Danziger & Ann M. Martin

Hereafter series – Tara Hudson
House of Night series – PC & Kristen Cast
Where the Red Fern Grows – Wilson Rawls

If I Stay – Gayle Forman
Uses for Boys - Erica Lorraine Scheidt 
Winger - Andrew Smith

Blood Promise (Vampire Academy) – Richelle Mead
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen
Girls in Pants – Ann Brashares
Last Sacrifice (Vampire Academy) – Richelle Mead
Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Please Ignore Vera Dietz – A.S. King
Pretty Little Liars series - Sara Shepard
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy) – Richelle Mead
Something Borrowed - Catherine Hapka
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy) – Richelle Mead
Standing in the Light: The Captive Diary of Catharine Carey Logan, Delaware Valley, Pennsylvania, 1763 – Mary Pope Osborne

Rhode Island
Devilish Maureen Johnson
Forever in Blue – Ann Brashares
My Sister's Keeper - Jodi Picoult
Providence  Jamie McGuire

South Carolina
Article 5 series- Kristen Simmons
Caster Chronicles – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Chemical Garden trilogy (Fever & Sever only) - Lauren DeStefano
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else - Erin McCahan
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares
Sweetly – Jackson Pearce

South Dakota
Go Big or Go Home - Will Hobbs

An Abundance of Katherines – John Green
Article 5 series - Kristen Simmons
Catching JordanMiranda Kenneally
Dirty Little Secret – Jennifer Echols
Racing Savannah - Miranda Kenneally
Spell Bound (Hex Hall) - Rachel Hawkins
Stealing Parker – Miranda Kenneally
Things I Can’t Forget – Miranda Kenneally

Going Bovine – Libba Bray
Guyaholic (V Valentine series) – Carolyn Mackler
Holes – Louis Sachar
Motocross Me - Cheyanne Young
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality - Elizabeth Eulberg
Stanley Yelnats' Survival Guide to Camp Green Lake - Louis Sachar
Small Steps - Louis Sachar

Everneath series – Brodi Ashton

Baby-Sitters’ Winter Vacation – Ann M. Martin
Forever - Judy Blume 
Forever in Blue – Ann Brashares

Article 5 (#1 only)- Kristen Simmons
Bridge to Terabithia – Katherine Paterson
Gallagher Girls series – Ally Carter
Misty of Chincoteague – Marguerite Henry
Royally Jacked series - Niki Burnham
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series – Ann Brashares

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie
The Body Finder series - Kimberly Derting
Twilight series – Stephenie Meyer
Winger - Andrew Smith

West Virginia
Article 5 (#1 only) - Kristen Simmons
Lux series – Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Boy Recession – Flynn Meaney
Drive Me Crazy - Erin Downing
Seventeenth Summer - Maureen Daly
The Twelve Days of Christmas – Catherine Hapka

Unearthly series – Cynthia Hand

Washington D.C.
All-American Girl series – Meg Cabot          

Puerto Rico

Road Trip
Abandon series - Meg Cabot (Connecticut, Florida)
An Abundance of Katherines – John Green (Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee)
Article 5 series - Kristen Simmons (Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois)
Chemical Garden trilogy - Lauren DeStefano (Florida, New York, Kentucky, South Carolina, Hawaii)
Earthbound - Aprilynne Pike (New Hampshire, Maine)
Ex-mas – Kate Brian (California, Oregon, Washington)
The Fine Art of Truth or Dare - Melissa Jensen (Pennsylvania, New Jersey)
Forever - Judy Blume (New Jersey, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire)
Guyaholic – Carolyn Mackler (New York, Pennsylvania, Texas)
Hex Hall series - Rachel Hawkins (Georgia, Tennessee, England) 
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else - Erin McCahan (Michigan, South Carolina)
Judy’s Journey – Lois Lowry (Florida, Alabama) 
Just One Day – Gayle Forman  (Massachusetts, Florida, New York)
Mind Games - Kiersten White (Illinois, Missouri)
Percy Jackson series – Rick Riordan (New York, Tennessee, Missouri, California)
Prom & Prejudice - Elizabeth Eulberg (Connecticut, New York, New Jersey)
Transparent - Natalie Whipple (Nevada, Arizona)
Two Way Street – Lauren Barnholdt (Florida)
Where We Belong - Emily Giffin (New York, Illinois, Missouri)
Winger - Andrew Smith (Oregon, Washington) 


  1. I've got a suggestion for my tiny lil state of RI. Providence by Jamie McGuire ;)

    PS- I have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can see my blog for the details.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I'll be sure to add it. And thanks for the nomination. I'm working on my post now and should have it soon.

  2. I can't imagine why hardly anyone wants to base their books in my state, Missouri lol. I've read Winter's Bone and will have to check out the other two someday. The only others that I can think of are Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl and Sharp Objects, which both take place (mostly) in Missouri. And maybe some Mark Twain, but I'm not really into that. Nice list. :)