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9 Books in Verse You Need to Read ASAP

December 21, 2017
Jill Hacking
Riveted Editorial Board
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Reading a book written in verse is an incredibly powerful experience. It takes reading to a whole other level, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. Check out these must-read books in verse!

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Long Way Down

This fiercely stunning novel takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes Will to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott

Paper Hearts

Amid the brutality of Auschwitz during the Holocaust, a forbidden gift helps two teenage girls find hope, friendship, and the will to live in this novel in verse that’s based on a true story.

Somewhere Among by Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsy

Somewhere Among

A beautiful and haunting novel about an American-Japanese girl struggling with the loneliness of being caught between two worlds when the tragedy of 9/11 strikes an ocean away.

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

After the kiss

A novel in verse told from the perspectives of two girls—one of whom kisses the other’s boyfriend.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins


Crank is a story about a monster. Not a dragon or a mythological beast, but a very real, very destructive monster—crystal meth—that takes hold of seventeen-year-old Kristina Snow and transforms her into her reckless alter-ego Bree.

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle

Enchanted air

In this poetic memoir, acclaimed author Margarita Engle tells of growing up as a child of two cultures during the Cold War.

Glimpse by Carol Lynch Williams


When her older sister, Lizzie, becomes an elective mute and is institutionalized after trying to kill herself, twelve-year-old Hope’s life is turned upside down.

One of Those Hideous Books Where The Mother Dies by Sonya Sones

one of those hideous books

Award-winning author Sonya Sones brings us the story of Ruby’s developing relationship with her estranged movie star father, vividly recounted in stunning free verse.

I Heart You, You Haunt Me by Lisa Schroeder

i heart you

Ava can’t see him or touch him, unless she’s dreaming. She can’t hear his voice, except for the faint whispers in her mind. Most would think she’s crazy, but she knows he’s here.

2 Responses to 9 Books in Verse You Need to Read ASAP

  1. alyssayuri says:

    Oooooohhhh! I didn’t exactly know that books in verses were such a thing. I mean, I read Ronit & Jamil, which wad nice. But this books are on my list now!

  2. kherbrand says:

    Reading Long Way Down right now – it is my first book in verse that I have read and I love it! Definitely going to look for these others.

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