Lost in YA....

Sunday, November 8

So, I was at the mall today and decided that I would stop into Barnes and Noble since it is attached to the mall (this is my actual BN) and pick up some Christmas gifts for my MUCH younger sisters.  They are 12 and 15.... like I said MUCH younger :)  I was of course in a great mood because I was going to the bookstore.  They had the local ballet there performing for the kiddies, Christmas stories were out...It brought a smile to my face.

I like to start my holiday shopping early.  I like to have first pick, and not to feel rushed or stressed about the gifting season.  I thought I would pick up a book for each of them to try and encourage them to read for fun, not just for school assignments.  Right now they don't do any reading except for what they have to read for school, they don't go to the library, and I know they don't buy books. I so saddened by that because I love to read.  I hear so much about YA books, and seems like so many people are reading them that I thought this might be a great way to engage them with books that are written with their age group in mind.

Since I read romance novels almost exclusively, I had no idea HOW HUGE the YA section is at my Barnes and Noble.  NO. CLUE. The last time I read a book intended for this age group it was all about Judy Blume...Deenie (loved this one) Blubber, Are You There God? It's Me Margaret....but these days there is so much more variety to choose from and somehow I don't think Judy Blume is the in thing anymore:)  I was overwhelmed and was completely lost as to what is popular, what's good, what's not so good, and what would be perfect for them.....so I need your help. 

I am looking for something for two girls close in age, but worlds apart.  The oldest who is 15, a freshman in high school,  is a social butterfly who lives to text and talk to her friends on her cell phone.  She runs track, is a cheerleader and would rather clean her room than read a book.  The younger sister is the quiet one, a people pleaser at heart and feels things much more deeply.  She loves to play guitar,  talk on the cell phone, and takes a while for her to come out of her shell.

Do you read YA?  Do you have daughters who read YA?  If so do you have any recommendations?  I'd like to really wow them with books that they can't help but love once they read them.  Something they can relate to.  PLEASE HELP ME!

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Alicia0605 November 8, 2009 at 2:47 AM  

Kim Harrison just wrote her first YA novel called Once Dead Twice Shy and it was really a wonderful read. It is about Angels and Reapers. The book is set in high school. I would recommend it for any teenager.

Susan Helene Gottfried November 8, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

A lot of authors are turning YA; Rachel Vincent has a new series out as well.

I loved KL Going's Fat Kid Rules the World, which won the Prinze award when it came out. Brilliant book. Not quite as good (and similar, sadly) is the more recent Beige, written by Cecil Castellucci. (Might be good for the younger sister)

Two good sources for ideas: Melissa Walker's blog. Melissa writes YA, has a series about Violet, a model. (Might be good for older sister?) Melissa also champions all sorts of YA writers on her blog, so that's worth a look.

And then there's Free Book Friday Teens, too. Every week, they give away YA novels, so you can scroll through past offerings, read the interviews, get a feel for books.

You can get the links to both at Win a Book's blogroll. Good luck!

ladystorm November 8, 2009 at 8:34 AM  

Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is real popular right now.

Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr was good its about fairies.

Of course vampires are the huge thing in YA with the huge Twilight craze..Vampire Diaries by L. J. Smith or Evermore by Alyson Noel, Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is a popular werewolf book.

The Clique books might be goood but don't know the authors name.

Beastly by Alex Flinn was a good remake of Beauty and the Beast

Hope this helps some

elaing8 November 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

I would recommend Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy or Rachel Caine's Morganville Series.
Sarah Dessen has great books.
Linda Gerber has a series

LJ Smith books,Nightworld the younger one might like best.Or Vampire Diaries.
The House of Night series by PC Cast too.Claudia Gray's Evernight series,really good.
Kelley Armstrong's Darkest Powers Trilogy(Summoning and Awakening,3rd out next year)

There's also alot of anthologies where they can find new authors to read.

Patricia Barraclough,  November 8, 2009 at 11:33 AM  

There are many great YA authors out there. Your younger sister is at a transitional age which makes it a little hard. There are some good J books out there and many YA books are too old for her. GAIL CARSON LEVINE does rewrites of traditional fairy tales among other things. HELEN DUNMORE has a series starting with Ingo that is about a girl dealing with her dad leaving and discovering she has ties to the mer (as in mermaid) world. LISA GRAFF's book Umbrella Summer is the story of a young girl dealing with the loss of her brother. A touching book I recommend to adults. CAT WEATHERILL has written Wild Magic the story of what happens after the Pied Piper leads the children from Hamlin, MEG CABOT has the Princess Diary series and for the older sister she has books such as Airhead.
For the older sister ELLEN HOPKINS has a series about teens dealing with very tough social issues. CAROLINE B. COONEY has books dealing with current issues as well as a few with a paranormal twist. SARAH DESSEN writes contemporary stories for older teens. Aside from the paranormal books mentioned by other posters, there are several m ore good ones. P. C. CAST has a popular series out. TAMORA PIERCE has several fantasy series out. SCOTT WESTERFELD has several series (try Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras) that are very good. JANE YOLEN has many good fantasy series. ROBIN MCKINLEY and DONNA JO NAPOLI have done variations on traditional fairy tales. MELISSA MARR'S books starting with Wicked Lovely are popular. ANNA GODBERSEN has a series out starting with The Luxe that is about teen girls in turn of the century high society. Lovely covers. JULIE KENNER has a teen high school vampire series.
This is only a small sampling. It is hard to choose for someone without talking with them to see where their real interests are. For the older one I'd try Hopkins or Westerfeld first. For the younger one, any I mentioned plus there is still Nancy Drew.
Good luck!

Booklover1335 November 8, 2009 at 6:53 PM  

Thank you all for your suggestions! I can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

Keep em coming and I will definitely check out those other blogs...thanks for suggesting them Susan!

Patricia Barraclough,  November 9, 2009 at 12:43 AM  

Meant to mention readergirlz.com. A great site for ideas for books as well as a great site for the girls themselves to visit. Have your sisters give it a try along with you.

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