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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Recs: Young Adult Part 1

Continuing with my series of book recommendations is my young adult recs. Part two will come next week.

Every Day by David Levithan
Every night at midnight, A shifts into a new person's body and has to be them for a day. A is fine with this, until one day he breaks one of his own rules by falling in love with his current body's girlfriend. This book is absolutely beautiful. It has wonderful characters and great writing. It's one of those books that I recommend everyone read. It's a great "walk a mile in someone else's shoes" kind of story.

Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
Parker -- cheerleading captain, teacher's pet, and future valedictorian -- starts failing all of her classes and drinking at school in reaction to a traumatic event that just might be her fault. This is another beautifully written book. I love the characters and the plot and the writing. It's all true to high school life as well.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
When Verity -- a spy for the British during WW2 -- is captured by the Gestapo after her plane crashes, she weaves a tale about her past and her best friend, Maddie, as her confession. It's a gorgeous book and I love every bit of it. I just read it recently and I'm already dying to read it again.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
Miles world has been one big "nonevent" until Alaska pulls him into her messed-up and self-destructive world. This is another book that's really true to high school life. I love all of Green's books, but this one is one of my favorites. 

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith 
Hadley expects the day she has to fly to London for her dad's second wedding to be one of the worst days of her life, until she meets Oliver on the plane and it turns out to be one of the best. It's a very sweet and quick read. The whole book takes place over a twenty-four hour period and yet it doesn't at all feel rushed.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
When Jenna awakens from a coma that everyone says she's been in for a year, she doesn't remember anything from the life she has before and she can't help but feel that something is terribly wrong. It's a great story that deals with some issues that are prominent in today's society. There's a sequel, The Fox Inheritance. 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins 
Anna isn't happy when her senior year plans are disrupted when shipped off to a Paris boarding school, until she meets Etienne St. Clair, perfect in every way except for the fact that he's taken. It's a very sweet read with great characters and an adorable romance.

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Melinda is ostracized by her friends and classmates after she calls the cops on an end-of-summer party, but only she knows the truth of why. It's a very real book and I recommend that every high school student -- girls especially -- read it at least once.

White Cat by Holly Black
Cassel is the only one without magic in a family of criminal Curse Workers, but he does have a dangerous secret: three years ago, he killed his best friend. Now Cassel is sleepwalking and having nightmares about a white cat, and starting to wonder if his two brothers are keeping secrets from him. It's a book with an absolutely brilliant plot, great writing, and an interesting cast of characters. It's the first in a series.

The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Nick and Alan are always on the run from magicians to use demons to work their magic looking for a charm that Nick's mother stole, until Nick begins to suspect that everything Alan has told him -- about their family, past, and the reason they're running -- is a lie. This is the first book in a trilogy. This is one of those books that grabs hold and doesn't let go. This one has it all: great writing, rounded characters, shocking plot twists, and a brilliant premise.

1 comments:

Sara Biren said...

I really need to get on board with Code Name Verity! Thanks for the recommendations - you've got some of my faves on there. (ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS - swoon!)