Saturday, February 9, 2013

The one where I convince my friend to like YA

A friend of mine claims to dislike YA. It’s shocking and awful and hard to believe, but it actually gets worse: Paulina This nameless pal of mine says she doesn’t just dislike YA, she *hates* it.

Where is a fainting couch when you need one?

So this is obviously unacceptable and must be rectified immediately. And so I’ve struck a deal with my friend. A deal wherein she can only say she hates YA after she reads ten books of my recommendation. Being a good sport, she’s agreed.

I’ve thought long and hard about what books to recommend. This is obviously really important, and I feel a big responsibility to get it right. At first I tried to tailor my suggestions to the adult books ,my friend likes, but in the end I decided to go with my gut and pick my absolute favorite, 5 star reads. Books that I devoured in a day. Books that made me stay up late in the night, be late for work, and neglect personal hygiene to read. I hope I’ve made the right decision!

And so without further ado, here they are. The books that will convert Paulina to a YA lover:

·      Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
·      The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
·      The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
·      Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
·      Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
·      Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
·      Graceling by Kristin Cashore
·      Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty
·      On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
·      Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Can’t wait to hear what she thinks! (Also, I’m jealous of her life that she gets to read all these amazing books for the first time.)


  1. I can't wait to see what she'll think of Shadow and Bone! I love that book sooooo much!

  2. BEFORE I FALL and SLOPPY FIRSTS wooot!!!! I also suggest SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson - one of the first YA books, ever. Beginning of 'YA', circa 2000. ish :-) Looking forward to hear if you report her thoughts back....

  3. Yes, definitely report back and tell us if it works. There are some excellent books on that list, so I'm sure it will. :)

  4. I added all these to my reading list too. I'm always looking for new YA recommendations; I hate just pulling stuff off the shelf because so much of it doesn't seem to be very original.

    1. That is sometimes a problem, but not one you'll find with these books :)

  5. So I'm excited to read these little gems recommended to me by THE YA-expert!
    Perhaps I have been erring all this time without even knowing.
    There are specific things I dislike about YA, but I'm hoping these will set me straight.

    I appreciate your deep concern. Haha.

    1. These WILL set you straight :D

      So excited to hear what you think!

  6. Great challenge! I'm also in love with the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE series, and THE GIRL OF FIRE & THORNS series. So many great YA reads out there!

    1. I literally just read Girl of Fire and Thorns and am currently reading ACROSS THE UNIVERSE. What a funny coincidence!

  7. Oooh, good choices. I'm sure she'll be begging to read Lola after Anna, and I suggest supplying her with tissues with her copy of Before I Fall.