9 memoirs that are perfect for fans of YA

We like to dabble in non-fiction every so often at MP! and we always like to feel that we’re not too far from our beloved YA.

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These memoirs from writers, comedians, actors and general #girlbosses are PERFECT for some real life YA reads.

#girlboss‘#girlboss’ by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso went from high school dropout to owning the hugely successful ‘Nasty Gal’ in only 10 years. Her advice for being a #girlboss and taking control of your life is hella inspiring. Reading this made us ready to conquer the world, and with a huge crush on the awesome Sophia.


how to be a heroine‘How to Be a Heroine’ by Samantha Ellis

When writer Samantha Ellis found herself arguing with her BFF about who was better: Jane Eyre or Cathy Earnshaw, she decided to revisit her teen literary heroines. The way she writes about the characters we all grew up with is passionate, intelligent and charming. It set us on a serious re-reading binge…


51cBkM3bcQL._SX315_BO1,204,203,200_‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)’ by Felicia Day

Felicia Day is an actor, gamer, filmmaker and internet entrepreneur, but I reckon most of us know her best for playing Charlie in ‘Supernatural’! Her memoir of being homeschooled, a violinist and making her way out of a gaming addiction is funny and charming and we fell head over heels in love with Felicia’s wit and charisma.

51zAoYjKYDL._SX313_BO1,204,203,200_‘How to Be a Woman’ by Caitlin Moran

Caitlin Moran’s first book is part memoir, part rant. She asks question about women’s bodies, women’s lives and how women are seen and treated in society. And, of course, chucks in some side-splitting anecdotes about her own expriences with womanhood. ‘How to Be a Woman’ is the perfect start on your adventures in feminism.

9781782116820‘Reasons to Stay Alive’ by Matt Haig

Bestselling author Matt Haig was crippled by mental illness as a young adult and this memoir charts his journey out of the dark tunnel of depression. It’s sad, hopeful and incredibly inspiring. It’s also super beautifully written and full of quotes and pieces of advice you’ll want to paint across your bedroom walls. Essential reading.

51wXxC0dlvL._SX323_BO1,204,203,200_‘The Bookshop Book’ by Jen Campbell

Jen Campbell is a woman of many talents: writer, poet, bookseller, YouTuber and general literary champion. ‘The Bookshop Book’ takes you on a whirlwind trip around the world exploring the coolest bookshops the planet has to offer. There are also snippets from booksellers and authors sharing bookshop stories. It’s perfect to dip in and out of between books.

51KV8P8MxCL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_‘Not That Kind of Girl’ by Lena Downham

In this series of esays, Lena Dunham, who writes and stars in HBO’s ‘Girls’, fesses up. These essays are honest and brutal and incredibly personal, but also really quite funny. Some people have called this collection problematic or self-indulgent, but we’d LOVE to hear what you think about ‘Not That Kind of Girl’!


51E8uJGObLL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_‘Year of Yes’ by Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the powerhouse behind ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Scandal’ and ‘How to Get Away with Murder’ and this memoir charts the year where she started saying yes. Though Rhimes talks about motherhood and marriage, the reflections on her body, dating and being brave enough to accept her success is inspiring, warm and completely captivating. And it totally made us want to re-watch ‘Grey’s’ from the very beginning…

51uUwTCUrVL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_‘Is It Just Me?’ by Miranda Hart

The ever hilarious Miranda Hart offers up some sidesplitting stories of awkward moments, cringe-worthy encounters and general embarrassment she’s experienced while navigating life without a handbook. This book is an instant cheer up when you’re feeling down in the dumps and like nothing’s going right. It’s impossible not to love Miranda.

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Written by Sophie Waters

Sophie is the Head of Commercial at Maximum Pop! Having studied English Lit and Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, she came to MP! to satisfy her passion for books. Sophie is a diehard Hufflepuff and feminist. She's also a huge cat lover, and can often be found rocking her socks off at a gig.

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