Wednesday, January 28, 2015
My YA Book Club Recommendations
I was going to do this week's Book Club themed Top Ten Tuesday, but then there was a blizzard, Photobucket went down, and my Wednesday post accidentally popped up on Tuesday. Total #bloggerfail.
So, yes, it's Wednesday, but I am here to offer you Book Club Suggestions from the YA genre.
Here are my criteria for good book club books:
1. Books that are not too long. I mean, we all have good intentions, but then life interferes...
2. Books that will provoke strong opinions and good discussion.
3. Standalones. Maybe this is just me, but I don't always want to be roped into a new series.
These are all picks that I've read -- click on the cover to get to the book's Goodreads page, and click on the title for my review.
This book is historical fiction, set in the 1950s US during school integration, but provides insight into issues that are still relevant today.
Thin Space by Jodi Casella (Simon Pulse 2013)
A combination of grief book and thriller, this story of a boy mourning the loss of his twin offers a spooky vibe and some very cool plot twists.
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (FSG 2013)
Honest and uplifting, this book chronicles the journey of a girl from high school misfit to confident club kid.
Noggin by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum 2014)
This book a boy whose head is cryogenically frozen and then used to reanimate him is part sci-fi, part black comedy, part coming-of-age story. If your book group likes literary writing, you might also try Where Things Come Back by the same author.
Something Real by Heather Demetrios (Henry Holt 2014)
If your book group is an eclectic mix of reality TV watchers and PBS highbrows, this book offers something for everyone: a Jon and Kate Plus Eight reality show, probing questions about the nature of reality TV, and an almost-too-perfect YA love interest.
Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Simon Pulse 2013)
Is your book group hooked on Pretty Little Liars? This book has a bit of a "ripped from the headlines" feel and a page-turning plot.
The Midnight Dress by Karen Foxlee (Knopf 2013)
Not everyone on Goodreads adored this as much as I did, but it's a mystery with some magical realism and a fantastic (historical) Australian setting.
Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A. S. King (Knopf 2010)
Though I'm not usually a fan of magical realism, I adored this story of a prickly girl, her well-meaning father, and her secret love for her best friend Charlie.
Charm and Strange by Stephanie Kuehn (St Martin's 2013)
It was a toss up for me between this and Kuehn's more recent Complicit. Both feature lovely writing a spooky vibe, and dark secrets.
If your book group prefers award-winners, both Please Ignore Vera Dietz and Charm & Strange fit the bill. And check out these Mini-reviews of three Printz winning books, including Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater and Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta.
Have you read any of these, or do you have other suggestions? Leave your thoughts in comments!