Wednesday, June 2, 2010

YA me up!

OK folks, I need your help. After making a rather bold statement about Patrick Ness on here the other day (about how he makes me feel things other writers don't), I felt sure there must be other writers out there who can make me FEEL as deeply as he does.

So please help me out. Have you read any YA recently that made you feel... joyful/shocked/disgusted/sad to the very core of you/so sympathetic to a character that you can hardly bear to keep reading lest anything even worse befall them?

Your YA recommendations were so good last time, I know you won't let me down. Thank you kindly!


  1. Have you read Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer? That made me feel many different emotions and it was sooooo GREAT! In a hideous end of the world way.

    I'm reading right now Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma. (sp?) It is about a brother and sister who fall in love. It is making me THINK a lot about perceptions, deviance, norms and values. I actually can't get it out of my head. I'm sure this is not a good thing...

  2. No matter what people suggest here, you will find nothing to fill the hole left by finishing the Chaos Walking books. I know from personal experience! No one writes quite like Ness. NO ONE. I see you haven't gotten to Monster of Men yet. I have, I adored it and it's almost a physical pain not to have another installment to look forward to. There will be other book-loves but none quite like this. Enjoy the series!

  3. Becky- Thanks for the recs! I like the sound of both of them. Books that make you think are good too!

    Rhiannon- Nooooooooo! Say it ain't so. There must be SOMETHING else out there. Otherwise... gah! I'm saving Monsters of Men till I can't stand waiting any more. I don't want Chaos Walking to end. Ever.

  4. What about Sarah Dessen. She subtley blows my mind. And maybe Meg Rosoff? Her books won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I love her. She's very different.

    I hope you find something you like!

  5. I second the recs for Life As We Knew It and Sarah Dessen (in particular Just Listen and The Truth About Forever). How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff is great for making you feel too.

    I just started reading The Knife of Never Letting Go yesterday!

  6. What about Hold Still by Nina Lacour or The Hate List by Jennifer Brown? - I adored them both.

    I second (third?) Life as we knew it.

    I also loved Before I die by Jenny Downham, If I Stay by Gayle Forman, Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler and Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers.

    I'll shut up now:)

  7. Laurie Halse Anderson. Oh. My. God.

    Cassandra Clare's pretty good at that, too.

    And Lisa McMann makes me feel like the books are supposed to feel--bleak and cold and dead. Which, in this case, is good. (?)