Young Adult Books to Read 2009- 2012
The Fault in our Stars by Green (Truly one of the best books I have read this year- story about teens in a cancer support group. The dialogue is superb, the storyline original, and the themes of death, leaving your mark with the living, the angst of the survivors- AMAZING!)
Between Shades of Gray by Sepetys (In 1941, 15 year old Lina is deported in the middle of the night by the Soviet secret police to Siberia…she begins a journey of honor and survival.) EXCELLENT!
Delirium by Oliver ( Imagine a society where you get a shot to prevent falling in love? Love is considered a disease of madness, an infection) Oliver’s other book: Before I Fall is very good too!
Before I fall by Oliver- very much a teen book, but found myself completely absorbed, a teen has a “normal” teen day in high school, dies & repeats the day, until she gets it right?- you tell me….
Divergent by Roth (a dystopian Chicago where teenagers must make a choice at 16 that determines the rest of their life…)
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Pearson ( 17 year old Jenna just woke up from a coma, it has been a year, so she is told…what really happened to Jenna?)
The Berlin Boxing Club by Sharenow ( Karl is being bullied at his school in Nazi-era Berlin….though he does not consider himself Jewish, never been to a synagogue, and does not accept his heritage as his own, his peers attack him relentlessly. Then Max Schmeling, champion boxer gives him lessons…)
Magnolia League by Crouch ( When her mother suddenly dies she is forced to move from the West Coast to Savannah, Georgia to live with her grandmother & become part of the debutante society)
Matched by Condie (In this society the officials decide everything- work, when you die and who you love….Cassia might change that)
Crossed by Condie ( 2nd in the series of Matched) The sage continues for Cassia as she pursues the truth on the run)
Cinder by Meyer ( Cinderella is a cyborg & can fix anything)
Those That Wake by Karp( Laura’s parents inexplicably have forgotten about her, what is going on?)
The Scorpio Races by Stiefvater (Some race to win. Others race to survive…that is the Scorpio races every November. The riders have to hold onto their water horses to the finish line. Puck never planned to ride but she enters the race as the first girl to compete and is unprepared for what happens)
Ashes by Bick (An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
Legend by Liu ( The former west coast now called the Republic is at war with the Colonies, different classes exist and unlikely alliances & romance during these shocking events for survival)
Shelter by Coban ( if you like Coban’s books for adults, try this for young adults)
The Future of Us by Asher & Mackler ( set in the 1970’s, two teens find facebook in the future and all the ramifications)
Time Traveling Fashionista by Turetsky ( What if a stunning vintage dress could take you back in time? Louise has always dreamed of beautiful dresses and movie stars. She receives an invitation to a fashion sale and is transformed into time travel adventure. On a ship, a 100 years earlier, with lots of drama and opulence)
Hunger Games by Collins (This story is set in a New America…
This is a gripping story set in a post apocalyptic world where a replacement for the United States demands a tribute from each of its territories: two children to be used as gladiators in a televised fight to the death. Katniss, from what was once Appalachia, offers to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, but after this ultimate sacrifice, she is focused on survival. With her partner Peeta, they demonstrate compassion in an inhumane situation. It is riveting!
The second book from the author who wrote: the Hunger Games –
is called : Catching Fire, still think I like the first in the trilogy better
but Catching Fire is very good!- continues sage of Catniss and Petra & the central government. Mocking Jay by Collins ( young adult, part of the Hunger Games series, the third in the trilogy. It is about war and the consequences of war and of course Catniss & her battle with the cruel central government)***
Shiver by Stiefvater-( wow! I stumbled on this book
and really could not put it down. It is about a girl named Grace who lives in Minnesota. As a child she is attacked by wolves, & one wolf saves her. Over the years she sees the wolf near her property and loves him from afar. Turns out he is a werewolf, and turns human during warm weather and back to a wolf when the temperature gets cold. ) She has 2 follow up books- Linger & Forever
Giant Slayer, by Lawrence set during the polio epidemic- very good, a girl who visits the children who are in iron lungs and tells stories to the hospitalized kids.Beautiful & sad.
Flipped by Van Draanen ( two perspectives of a boy & girl, neighbors, schoolmates, misunderstandings- very good)
Out of my Mind by Draper ( an eleven year old with cerebral palsy who is bright and unable to speak but can communicate with a computer- very good book, she has great perspective)
13 reasons why by Asher (Clay Jenkins returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier.On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.)
Bruisers by Shusterman ( Brusier is voted by his entire school as “ most likely to get the death penalty” and he is dating this guy’s sister, its about unconditional friendship and complex workings of a family. Things don’t always appear as they are..)
Mockingbirds by Whitney- a Cautionary tale for girls- a girl at boarding is date raped and she turns to a secret society of students who are dedicated to righting the wrongs of the student body…just won an award
Half Brother by Oppel a scientist brings home a baby chimp to raise as a brother to his son & its implications
Malice by Woods ( the bogey man comes & hunts children down who call for him from a mysterious book, where do they go & how do they escape)
Lockdown by Smith ( dark story about boys put in prison on rigged charges, futuristic society, teens are considered dangerous)
Across the Universe by Revis ( frozen and travelling by space ship to another planet system, then your trip is interrupted)
Gone by Grant (Everyone is gone in a blink, except for the young- teens, toddlers, middle schoolers. No adults, no teachers or cops, no tv or internet or working cell phones, a terrifying new world)
Maze Runner by Dashner ( Begins with a boy who knows his name an age & not much else abd he arrives he arrives in some penal fortress where many boys are being kept. The boys try to figure out whay they are there and how to get out. The fortress they live in is surrounded by a maze which changes over nite when the fortress closes up)
Found by Haddix’s latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter. A plane arrives at an airline gate unnoticed by radar and most personnel. There are no flight attendants, no pilot, in fact no adults at all, but there are 36 passengers—each seat is inhabited by an infant. Thirteen years later in Ohio, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages declaring that they are among “the missing” and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened yet intrigued, the boys begin a search for their real identities with the help of Jonah’s younger sister. There are now 3 more books in the series- Sent, Sabotaged, Torn.
Love most of Haddix’s books- Claim to Fame, Running out of Time, Shadow children series- check them out
Elsewhere by Zevin ( Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a lot like earth but different. This is where Liz will age backwards to becoming a baby again and return to earth. But she wants to grow up not go back, she wants want a 16 year old wants- car, etc. This moving, often funny book about grief, death, and loss will stay with the reader long after the last page is turned.)
You by Benoit (-You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn’t make that lead to his own destruction.)
Graceling by Fisher ( Enter the world of Katsa, a warrior girl with special talents and beautiful with one blue eye and one green eye. She is a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa’s Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to work for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power) There are 2 more in the series: Fire- a new cast of characters in this story, with Fire, who can read minds and control them around her) Bitterblue is the next book, # 3,- to be released May 2012.
All summaries of the books are from Amazon or their book blurbs or by me