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My Best Young Adult Books

I could have sworn that I read more 2007 YA books. Maybe it was just that I heard about a lot of new books, or read a lot of 2006 titles. So if you look at my list and think, “How could you leave out My Favorite Book?” chances are that I didn’t read it. One of the reasons I like compiling a list of the kidlitosphere’s choices (and there is still time to post your selections and/or leave titles in the comments) is that it serves as a reader’s advisory for the rest of the year and into the next.

While I didn’t read as much as I thought, I was fortunate enough to hit some excellent books. All of these titles would be appropriate for middle school, with only a word of caution on Story of a Girl, which does talk about sex.
  1. Beige, by Cecil Castellucci
    I loved this fish-out-of-water story of a conservative girl spending time with her aging rocker dad. There’s humor! There’s angst! There’s a playlist in the chapter titles!

  2. First Light, by Rebecca Stead
    The first sentences of the book captured me, and I found that I couldn’t put it down. I enjoyed the mix of realism and fantasy. Marketed as YA, it could also be for middle-grade readers. Interesting and engaging book.

  3. Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature, by Robin Brande
    My husband did the official review of this title, because evolution vs. intelligent design is His Thing, but we both loved the teen take on a controversial subject. The large side helping of humor in the book didn’t hurt.

  4. Story of a Girl , by Sara Zarr
    I was late to this title, and by then it seemed like lots of people had loved it and written about it, so I just didn’t. (If you are one of those bloggers, give me the link in the comments and I’ll put it in here.) I was haunted by the angst of a girl trying to leave behind one mistake. Top-notch writing.

  5. I’m Exploding Now, by Sid Hite
    Funny story: As I was pulling together today’s list, I realized that I hadn’t read any guy books at all. At all. In desperation, I read a book from my ARC pile, just hoping that it would rock. What do you know? It did. It’s not a long book and not a lot happens. In fact, I was halfway through before anything really happened. But I loved the insight into the teenage boy’s mind. I loved the humor. I’ll be posting a review — with book quotes — very soon, because I don’t want you to miss this title.


Anonymous said...

Zarr review: http://kellyrfineman.livejournal.com/206363.html
And I interviewed her for the Summer Blog Blast Tour as well.

Beige is in my TBR pile even as we speak.

MotherReader said...

Thanks, Kelly. I linked to your review in the post.

Jackie Parker said...

I LOVED Story of a Girl, too. This is the interview I got to do for SBBT: http://tinyurl.com/26tnfj

Unknown said...

I have been focusing on YA graphic lately - Cecil Castellucci's Plain Janes would make my list, as would Y: The Last Man (even though it's a bit trashy, it's super-fun!).

Lydia Netzer said...

Wow, all of these authors have badass rock star names too... Cecil Castellucci? Yo! And that's not even as good as Sid Hite! I know a guy called Sid Hite would never clot a book up with glitter. (Tee hee on your Tinkerbell Policy!) ;)

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