Let’s face it—the world is going through a lot right now, and it needs you. If you dream about changing the world and making it a better place, there are many things you can do. Whether you’re interested in environmentalism, feminism, anti-racism, or political activism, these YA books to change the world should be on your TBR.
YA Books on Environmentalism
The Uninhabitable Earth (Adapted for Young Adults)
This book is an exploration of the devastating effects of global warming—current and future. This is not only an assessment on how the future will look to those living through it, but also a dire overview and an impassioned and hopeful call to action to change the trajectory while there is still time.
Worried about climate change, rising sea levels, and superstorms? This book will show you how modern inventions have helped and hurt the earth and how we can improve things in the future. Instead of focusing on the doom and gloom of global warming, this book offers a hopeful outlook and ideas to create a robust environment.
A sixteen-year-old girl’s road trip across the country to get an abortion becomes a transformative journey of vulnerability, strength, and above all, choice. This is both an achingly tender love story and a bold, badly needed battle cry about bodily autonomy and the experiences that connect us.
Feel like girls get unfair treatment at school due to sexist dress code policies? This novel is for you. Two Florida teens take on their school administration for shaming one of them for not wearing a bra. Together, these friends fight against the outdated rules that govern their school.
This book explores the unspoken hierarchies that divide us across lines of race and class. It’s a revealing and timely read for those who are engaged more than ever with the world around them, and those who believes in a more just existence for all.
Often, it’s easier to keep your convictions to yourself than to fight for what you believe in. But if nobody speaks up, nothing changes. This novel is about social change, artistic expression, and the cost of activism. It’s a must-read if you’ve ever thought about joining a movement.