When LaChouett announced she would be running a YA blog tour for the month of December, I knew I had to get involved. I’m taking it as the perfect opportunity to lay out my favourites from one of my favourite types of book – YA fiction.
Some of these recommendations will be from my reading this year, and some from a little bit earlier. They appear in no particular order.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Liesl is a young girl living in Nazi Germany. She and her brother are travelling to their new foster family – and that’s when Death (who narrates this book) visits Liesl for the first time.
The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson
Leo has only ever wanted one thing in life – to be accepted as a girl. When David, the new kid, arrives to his class, his journey to acceptance begins.
The Call by Peadar O Guilin
In an Ireland ruled by the fairy people, teenagers have just three minutes and four seconds to survive the Call – a vicious battle with the Sídhe.
(DON’T say this is like the Hunger Games. Peadar hates that.)
Nina is Not OK by Shappi Khorsandi
Nina is just a normal 17 year old girl. She enjoys a drink every now and then, sure, but it’s never been a problem. She’s not an alcoholic. Right?
Nothing Tastes as Good by Claire Hennessy
Annabel, who is definitely not a guardian angel, is sent to watch over Julia, a former classmate of hers with similar struggles with food and her body.
One by Sarah Crossan
Tippi and Grace have spent literally their whole lives together. They’re conjoined twins, and up to now they have been home schooled. How will they cope with entering mainstream school – and the new phases of their lives?
What A Way to Go by Julia Forester
A beautiful homage to the 80s as told through the eyes of a 12 year old girl with two gerbils, 500 cans of baked beans, and a questionable hair do.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
When Eleanor, the new girl, sits with Park on the school bus, the two slowly bond over a shared love of music and comic books, and a desperate want to escape a troubling home life.
Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne
Evie is the new girl in school, and all she wants is to fit in. She’s tired of being called the freak for always having her hands clean and her desk tidy. But will she find acceptance here, and learn to manage her OCD?
How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne
Amber’s mother abandoned her two years ago, so spending the summer at the camp Amber’s mother runs now will be a great way to rebuild those burnt bridges. Right?
Paper Aeroplanes by Dawn O Porter
Flo and Renée have difficulty home lives, and even tougher school days to focus on. Their friendship is met with some heavy opposition, but will that be what drags them apart?
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
All Violet wants to do is live. Live for the future, and have the life her sister never did. All Theodore wants is to die. When they meet on the ledge of the school bell tower, it’s not clear who saves whom.