Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Unique Young Adult Book Titles

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Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of these books yet. Their incredibly creative titles were what caught my attention and made me add them to my TBR list because, as the owners of Long and Short Reviews have already figured out, I’m irresistibly drawn to this kind of stuff.

There’s something special about a title that isn’t afraid to be a little odd or metaphorical. While most of the books that I read have completely ordinary titles, I always love it when authors go that extra mile and give the audience something they never would have possibly imagined.

If you’ve read any of these stories, I’d love to know what you thought of them! Please let me know of any other unique young adult titles you’ve heard of as well. I’m sure I’m only scratching the surface here.

Fifteen Days Without a Head by David Cousins.

How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira.

I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It by Adam Selzer.

Dancing with a Dead Horse by Danielle DeVor.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher.

Annie Gomez and the Gigantic Foot of Doom by Jay Cutts.

Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg.

Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on my Eyeball by Paul Zindel.

Frenemy of the People by Nora Olsen.



  1. I kissed a Zombie and I Liked It looks really funny, at least by the title. I may have to check that one out!

  2. Some really unique titles here! Great list 👍🏻

  3. Loved the 15 days without a head one. But then also the one with Johnny Depp 🙂 They made me laugh. And I’ve actually never considered that a title alone could do that 🙂

  4. There are definitely some intriguing titles on here, haha.
    How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain immediately caught my attention because.. well.. Depp!

  5. These are great!! 15 Days Without a Head?? Ummm WHAT?? I’m intrigued! And that’s just rude stealing Johnny Depp’s alien girlfriend 😂 but I definitely want to read about it!!

    • Yeah, I can’t even imagine how someone could survive for that long without a head. It’s definitely attention-grabbing, though.

      Stealing Johnny Depp’s girlfriend isn’t a nice thing to do, but it does make you wonder what happened after that scene. Haha!

  6. These are all new to me. But such fascinating titles!

  7. I haven’t read any of these yet but Love Letters to the Dead is on my TBR. It’s a really catchy title.

  8. I definitely read Love Letters to the Dead solely based on the coolness of the title. Also, I Kissed a Zombie and I Liked It is an A++ title. I love a book title that plays on a song title 🙂

  9. These are wild titles. The gigantic foot of doom had me rolling. 😀

  10. Love all these titles!! Great choices!!! I think my favorite would have to be: Like pickle juice on a cookie Sounds very interesting but gross at the same time lol!! Great post!!

    My TTT:Unique Book Titles

    • Thank you.

      I’d never think to put pickle juice on a cookie, but it is a unique way to help market a book for sure.

  11. Valentina says:
  12. I’ve only read I Kissed a Zombie, and I Liked It! But, it was a while ago and I can’t remember how I felt about it. Whoops. haha. 🙂

    I want to read Love Letters to the Dead. It sounds really interesting and the cover is really great!

    • How neat! I hope it was a good read. Occasionally I forget so much of a book I read that I have the same reaction to it later on.

      Yes, the cover for Love Letters to the Dead was very well done.

  13. How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend is definitely my favourite in this list! How do people think of those titles! Great post! 🙂

    • Thank you. I have no idea how authors come up with their zanier titles, but I love seeing how creative people can be with them.

  14. I’m pretty sure I have the How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend on my Kindle and it was strictly a title buy. How could you pass up a title like that? I’m also super curious about 15 Days Without a Head. I want to know more about that one. You have found some great titles here!

    • Thank you. I hope you end up enjoying How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend and 15 Days Without a Head.

  15. lasreviews says:

    None of these surprise me…coming from the reviewer here who did a review for “The Day my Fart Followed me to Hockey”:

    Yeah, that’ll catch your eye!

  16. Oh, these are some really unique and fun choices! I only knew about Stolen: A Letter To My Captor but haven’t read any of them yet. Definitely intrigued now though 🙂

  17. I’m afraid I don’t read a great deal of YA novels to recommend any with unique titles, but I think you have chosen some great unique YA titles here 🙂

  18. OOoh nice list of titles! Nearly all of these are new to me ones! Definitely unique titles too!

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  19. These are very unique! Good choices! Thanks for stopping by my TTT!

    • You’re welcome.

      Thank you for the compliment. I tried to find the most unusual titles I possibly could when I was working on this list.

  20. You have some truly unique titles that I haven’t seen before! But surprisingly I have read two of your picks. Stolen, which was so unique, and Pardon Me You’re Stepping on my Eyeball which I read in jr. high back in the early 80’s. He had another one called My Darling, My Hamburger. 🙂

    • Thank you!

      I’m impressed that you’ve read two of the books on my list. Wow, that’s great.

      I will have to check out My Darling, My Hamburger as well. That title made me chuckle, so thanks for mentioning it.

  21. 15 days without a head? How does that even work!?! That definitely qualifies as an attention-getting book title!

    • How I wish I knew. I hope we’ll both be able to find out the answer to that question soon.

      It’s a great way to grab a potential reader’s attention, though!

  22. Pickle Juice on a Cookie?! That sounds terrible!

  23. There are definitely a lot of unique titles on your list, some had me laughing and some had me asking wtf is going on, Nice job!

  24. The titles you found are awesome!

  25. Love Letters to the Dead is the kind of title that immediately catches your attention.

  26. Maybe I am just not in the humor section enough but I hadn’t read any of these but Love Letters to the Dead and that book is definitely not funny! These are some wonky titles.

  27. 15 Days without a head? That surely sounds spooky 😀 I hope you enjoy all of these.

    • Thank you, Sim. I’m looking forward to reading them if I can find copies of them. I hope you’ll be able to read 15 Days Without a Head sometimes as well.

  28. Pardon Me, You’re Stepping on my Eyeball sounds fun. Have to get a copy of it haha I’m intrigued.

  29. I snorted at number 2. This is definitely one of my favourite lists I’ve seen this week. If you want, check out mine here:

  30. I like the sound of these books. Fifteen Days Without A Head is such a fab title.

  31. These are great! The Gigantic Foot of doom is hilarious.

  32. These are all great and very unique. A couple of them made me laugh out loud.

  33. Hi! So many of these made me laugh! I don’t know that I would like pickle juice on a cookie 🙂 15 Days Without a Head sounds intriguing though!
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  34. I can’t believe I didn’t think of including Love Letters to the Dead! SUCH a unique title!

  35. I’ve seen ‘Love Letters’ on LOTS of blogs (reviews, lists, etc), but don’t think I’ve really taken too close a look at it or what the premise is. Maybe I should because I agree. That title IS super unique.

    The ‘Zombie’ book looks kinda cute too. 🙂

    Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • You’re welcome, Rissi.

      I noticed “Love Letters” on a lot of blogs, too. I hope you enjoy it and the zombie book if you get a chance to read them. I’m still trying to find copies myself.

  36. Pickle juice on a cookie?! That’s just wrong!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

  37. These are all new to me, but, oh my gosh, are they ever funny! Unique is right! Who comes up with some of these?! Dances with a Dead Horse? Haha! Thanks for sharing. I hope you have a great week!

  38. I haven’t read any of these either though I’ve heard some good things about Love Letters to the Dead. They do quite draw you in. Especially that whole kissed a zombie and liked it, haha

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