Talking about BookTok

Juliana Stagner

If you are on TikTok, you may have heard of something called “BookTok.” It’s essentially just a section of TikTok where people talk about their favorite books and what they recommend for teenagers. The majority of these books are YA or young adult books.

As someone who has read quite a few of these popular books, I have honest opinions about whether or not some of these books are worth the read. 


One of the most read of these books is ‘They Both Die At The End’ by Adam Silvera. This book is set in a world where at midnight of the day you die, you get a phone call. So you know what day you will die but not how or where. 

The book is about two teenage boys who receive this call but don’t have anything to do on their last day. They join an app called “Last Friend” where you can find someone else who is on their last day. 

The boys, Mateo and Rufus, meet up and both go out of their comfort zones and try each other’s interests. The book is just about them living their last day with no worries as they grow closer to each other. 

Overall this book was written very well and had a heartbreaking ending leaving you in tears. Some had conflicting ideas on whether or not this was a good book, but I think it is worth it to read. 


Another one of these books is ‘It Ends With Us’ by Colleen Hoover. This story is about a young woman who moves to Boston to open up a floral shop after the passing of her father. One day she meets a young surgeon named Ryle Kincaid and starts to fall in love with him. 

The main character, Lily Bloom, later finds a collection of her old journals from high school when she lived in an abusive household. As she reads about her life, she starts to remember her first love, Atlas Corrigan, a homeless boy who she helped in many ways. 

One day as Ryle and Lily are on a date, they run into Atlas which starts to cause problems in their relationship. This starts to make Lily question her life and relationships as she starts to see different sides of the people she loves. 

This book is written extremely well and causes you to feel the same heartbreak as the characters do. It does deal with some serious topics of abuse and sexual assault so be cautious when reading. If you do decide to read it you won’t regret it, it is 100 percent  worth your time. 

Booktok has several book recommendations, so if you need or want to find more you can just search BookTok and you will find many great books to read.