Last installment of this little series for now. Still reading a lot, but not all YA.
Anyway, here are some more that are personal favorites.
Reality Boy by A.S. King.
“An emotionally damaged seventeen-year-old boy in Pennsylvania, who was once an infamous reality television show star, meets a girl from another dysfunctional family, and she helps him out of his angry shell.”
Oh, Gerald. You might be my favorite YA character of all time. Like another character in the book, I too, want to give you a hug. Your family sucks. Your mom signed you up to be on reality t.v. when you were 5, and your sister is a certifiable psychopath, but nobody believes you. You lash out in anger and are shoved into the special education classes, but you are smart, funny and a good guy. This is a story of survival, running away from something hopeless by running towards something hopeful, and love.
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick.
“Seven linked vignettes unfold on a Scandinavian island inhabited–throughout various time periods–by Vikings, vampires, ghosts, and a curiously powerful plant.”
Seriously, what the heck, from that description? Vikings and vampires and plants? I’m happy I didn’t read that first, because I would have run away. I actually needed to read this book for an upcoming librarian meeting, and I liked the author’s earlier book, Revolver, but I clearly didn’t know what to expect. It starts off like a dystopian sci-fi book: in the year 2073, a reporter named Eric is visiting Blessed Island to research a rare flower called the Dragon Orchid. He cannot shake the feeling that he’s been there before and has met the beautiful girl named Merle somewhere (or sometime) before. Dramatic things happen and then we are off through time, heading back to 2011, WWII, 1901, 1848…and so on to pre-history, following the intertwining lives and loves that occur on the island. It was an emotional and beautiful love story and sure surprised the heck out of me.
I also just started reading
Far far away by Tom McNeal.
“When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.”
Just started this one, so the jury is still out, but I like the feel of it so far.
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