Young Adult fiction – Not just vampires?
January 3, 2013
I have spent hours engrossed in some fantastic fiction written for young adults recently, and I am here to convince you that in this section of the library there is so much more than books about vampires, werewolves and fallen angels.
A huge amount has been published for teens in recent times and I found it entertaining and gripping reading. So much so that there have been a number of late dinners at my house in the last few weeks as I just have to keep reading!
Some recent favourites include:
- The Fault In Our Stars by John Green. Hazel meets Augustus at the Cancer Kids Support Group. She is not really coping with her most recent treatment and Augustus is in remission. It seems a sad and unlikely subject for a teen read, but it is funny, heartfelt and beautiful. I thoroughly recommend it and can’t wait to see what John Green does next!
- Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen. Ruby is looking for somewhere to belong after her mother abandons her and she has to go and live with her estranged sister and her husband. Ruby is used to looking after herself, so why should she let anyone else in? Sarah Dessen writes books with smart, sassy female protagonists, and there are a number of her other titles in the libraries.
- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler is a novel told through the items in a box, which represents the relationship between Min and Ed. Poignant, heart breaking and convincing – it is the story of first love and its ultimate betrayal.
Why not try a couple of YA titles – they are perfect holiday reads!
PS If you love vampires, werewolves and fallen angels – we can absolutely see you right with those too!
Written by Sarah.