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.