The best of the best… young adult

I don’t mind the occasional Young Adult read & I know I am going to disappoint by not including any John Green on this list.  But these are my best YA fiction of all time (purely subjective of course!)

You take the high road – Mary K. Pershall.  This book is about a young girl whose younger sibling drowns and the journey she takes afterwards.  A very personal connection for me.  Young adult fiction, read 5 or 6 times.  One of the rare books that made me cry.

Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell.  Made my best of 2014 list so read there for more details.  A great novel.  Loved it.

The Giver – Lois Lowry. I was pretty excited when I heard that this was being made a movie and I did enjoy the movie, but like any story, the book stood out for me.  This book had stayed in my head all these years so for that reason it is getting one of my best reviews.  It is a bit like ‘Pleasantville’ or ‘The Truman show’ but less cheesey.  What would you want to know if you had a choice?  If you could take away pain for people would you?  Really worthwhile fictional novel that addresses these questions.

Looking for Alibrandi & Saving Francessca – Melina Marchetta.  Loved both of these and Marchetta’s other novels as well but these are my stand outs.  Great texts to teach and great to have a strong female lead in teenage fiction.  Very real in the conflicts and dilemmas of a young person growing up.



12 thoughts on “The best of the best… young adult

  1. Beth says:

    The only one of these that I’ve read is Eleanor and Park, but I agree whole heartedly that it deserves it’s place on this list! Such an amazing, thoughtful, lovely (and then not-so-lovely and rather heartbreaking) book.

    Beth x

    P.S. (I admire you for not including any John Green… I can’t be the only one who thinks he’s over rated, right?)
    P.P.S (Thank you for your lovely comment on The Quiet People!)

    • Laura says:

      Thanks for stopping by Beth. I probably should’ve extended this list more. I like Green, but the hype is big! I just read Swimming through clouds which I loved… I might add this at a start. And Every Day by David Levithian, also a recent read.

  2. Lynn says:

    I also loved Eleanor & Park! I have been working on a review to post for several weeks. I just can’t seem to do it justice with my words alone! 🙂 I must re-read The Giver series! And the Marchetta books sound intriguing! I don’t believe any of us should ever apologize for our preferences, by the way. I do happen to be a JG fan–I loved 2 of the 3 I’ve read thus far and really liked the third, but that is me, not you! 🙂 Nice post of your faves!

    • Laura says:

      I do like John Green… but there are other writers who are great too so it’s nice to mix it up. For me the one of his that has really stayed with me is Looking for Alaska.
      I’m totally hearing what you are saying about Eleanor & Park. Good luck and I’d love to read your review when you are done.
      Happy reading x

    • Laura says:

      She is great… and I love that an Australian writer has crossed boundaries in this genre. Thanks for stopping by & happy reading x

  3. Lynn says:

    Perhaps that will give me some motivation to complete the posting! 🙂 I know what you mean about Looking for Alaska! An absolutely fantastic read, and I think in many ways just as poignant and intense as TFiOS.

  4. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight says:

    The only one I’ve read is The Giver, but I enjoyed it! And I do want to read the others on your list (although You Take the High Road is new to me, it sounds really good)! I have been wary of seeing The Giver movie, just because the guy playing Jonas is like, more than twice his age in the book! So I am curious as to how that works, but I will see it eventually. Great list!

    • Laura says:

      Thanks Shannon… The Giver movie isn’t too bad. I always prefer my imaginary images though 🙂 You take the high road had a personal link for me, hence its special place. Happy reading x

  5. Cait @ Paper Fury says:

    I love lists of people’s favourite books. 😉 I doooo love me some John Green BUT I UNDERSTAND he’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Heeh. I loved Eleanor & Park, though I think I love Fangirl more. But Rainbow Rowell’s writing! IT’S JUST TOO WONDERFUL.
    I loved Looking for Alibrandi but I haven’t read Franesca yet! It’s on my to-do list.
    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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