Now that summer is coming to a close and there are things on our minds other than bright sunny days, pools, and barbecues, it's time to revisit the world of YA fiction that this last summer brought us. The good, the bad, and the great-for-a-mindless-read: it's all here!
Every Day - David Levithan Every Day is a book that has definitely been making waves in the YA community. People seem to love this book about a teenager named A who wakes up every single morning in a different body. He's used to this way of living, of stealing moments in other people's bodies; it's not that big of a deal. But then, things change, and you can guess why: a girl. Rhiannon makes A realize what he's been missing and gives him something to fight for. It sounds creative and interesting; you'd probably do well to pick this book up!
Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas If you enjoy success stories, against all odds, then Sarah Maas' road to publication will inspire you. She first started writing Throne of Glass for an online site that connects fledgling authors and readers and garnered thousands of fans with her story. Years later, she was picked up by a traditional publisher and now it's happily ever after. People are loving Throne of Glass. And not just loving, but LOVING. It's sort of a fantasy-lite story, set in a strange new world, but not nearly as in-depth as George R. R. Martin, or even Kristin Cashore if you're looking for a YA author. It's a great introduction to fantasy, but you may be a bit disappointed in this one if you are already familiar with and love the genre.
Glitch - Heather Anastasiu Another dystopian, YA, first-in-a-trilogy, Glitch features a society that has wiped out all emotions. The main character? A teenage girl who named Zoe who starts to glitch. An interesting premise in a well-worn genre (though it's hard to deny some great books have come out of it). This one has been getting generally positive reviews. If you're not exhausted by all the YA dystopians or the trilogies (or both), then you may find this book interesting.
The Rise of Nine - Pittacus Lore It's difficult to recommend The Lorien Legacies series (of which The Rise of Nine is the third installment) when you know the story behind it. James Frey, of A Million Little Pieces-made up memoir-called out by Oprah-disgraced to the world-fame decided that he couldn't write under his own name anymore (understandably). He decided to go into the lucrative YA genre, hire a ghostwriter to write out his ideas, and thus Pittacus Lore was born. We're not saying the series is bad or anything. It has its fans, to be sure. But it's definitely not our first pick in what to read, especially when you consider the mediocre movie version of I am Number 4.
Small Damages - Beth Kephart If you're looking to move away from the paranormal/dystopian/fantasy genres in YA, there's still a lot out there to read. The problem is, it's difficult to find books that are smart and don't just involve giggling teenage girls. Beth Kephart is always a safe bet when it comes to finding thoughtful, gorgeously written YA novels. Her latest, Small Damages, is about a girl named Kenzie who's just starting her senior year in high school. But Kenzie has a secret: she's pregnant. She agrees to be sent away to Spain to wait our her pregnancy and give her baby up for adoption, but her experience will change her forever.
What was your favorite YA read of the summer?