Reading is more than a pass time for me; it’s an obsession! I love it. And while I in no way limit myself to teen books (otherwise known as young adult literature or YA books) I definitely have a special place in my house that’s overflowing with them! The people involved in producing all the great YA options just seem to be putting out exactly what I like! So there’s no way I’m going to ignore it just because I’m not a teenager. Why should I?Visit best teen fiction book website to know more
Having been obsessed with YA books for a while there are more than a few that I’ve come across that are definitely worth reading…more than once if my history is anything to go by! If you’re a YA reader that hasn’t read one of the following recommendations…read it! If you’ve never read YA…pick one of these and give it a shot! If you’ve never been able to get into reading…maybe you haven’t found the right book! Try one of these!
1. Jeanne DePrau’s The City of Ember and its sequel The People of Sparks were so disturbingly spot on that I found myself forgetting that they were set in the future and could therefore not actually BE true; at least not yet. They left me with a new perspective on some of my daily habits and personal philosophies which I always find very satisfying. I like seeing me from a new perspective due to something I read in the pages of a book. You might want to read the book before the movie based on The City of Ember comes out this Fall, as well!
2. The most recent Advance Review Copy I’ve received and actually enjoyed was Hot Girl by Dream Jordan. It presented the foster care system in a way that gave me a better glimpse of something I’ve never experienced first-hand. As such I can’t be the best judge of the realism used to portray the issues relating to foster care, but it left me more aware of the elements that can be involved and that most likely are involved in many cases. In addition it offered one of the most touching philosophies on friendship that I’ve run across in a new novel for a long time. I really enjoyed watching the growth the characters achieved (and sometimes endured).
3. Korman’s Son of the Mob is one of my “laugh out loud” books. And those are my favorites. It has a lot of dark humor, some romance, some action, some intrigue, and let’s not forget…the MOB! It’s just the perfect combination of the hilarious and the serious and the mundane.
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare is Book One in her Mortal Instruments Series. I admit I was snagged from page one. I loved the characters which is really the easiest way to snare me when it comes to a new series. The third book is due to be released in Fall 2008 (pretty soon…) and I’m looking forward to more story. There are so many twists and turns that I’m surprised they can get even a smidgen of the good stuff portrayed in the short cover copy. But it was obviously enough to get me interested enough to make the purchase. And I never regretted that one.
5. The Goose Girl…just a lovely fairy tale retelling, you say. But I say Shannon Hale has offered us the very best fairy tale retelling in our time! It’s fantastic; it’s superb; it’s perfection; it’s the beauty of legend personified. I fear I’ve gone overboard…but you get the idea. I love fairy tale retellings (I’m a sucker for happily ever after…the end) but this is most definitely my favorite fairy tale retelling available.
6. Is Kissing A Girl Who Smokes Like Licking an Ashtray? Randy Powell’s title choice resulted in at least one book purchase; mine! That’s right, I looked at this book and thought, ‘licking an ashtray?’ That’s sick and wrong and I doubt it’s ever been done on purpose. I then picked up the book, walked to the register, and purchased it. Call me demented if you will, but the purchase is not one I regret. This book offered an ironic charm that I found…charming. Try it, you’ll see what I mean.
7. House of Dance by Beth Kephart. This book falls into the category of “book I started recommending to others before I’d ever even picked it up.” I first ran across Beth Kephart’s writing by accident on her blog and immediately liked her surprisingly gentle style of questioning who, what and why. I found it so intriguing that I found myself mentioning her upcoming release to friends and family suggesting they read it before I ever got my hands on it. Which I never do!
8. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. This is another of my all time favorites when it comes to books for teens. The character, Remy, really became quite real to me with her insistent refusal to let go of her lack of faith in love. I enjoyed watching the many (and varied) characters Dessen created crash and collide through the story looking for their own spot to be.