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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Readings Best YA Books of 2010

Readings, which is a great independent bookstore with locations around Melbourne (I always have to visit their Malvern store whenever I’m down in Glenferrie Road), have picked their favourite books of 2010 (as rated by Readings staff members). One of their categories is for the Best Young Adult Books of 2010.

So without further ado I give you Readings Best Young Adult Books of 2010:
Fiona Wood

Fourteen-year-old Dan’s life is a mess, but he’s concentrating on six impossible things, including new school hell and a crush on the girl next door. Our reviewer said, ‘One of the stand-out young adult novels of this year ... I didn’t want it to end.’

Monsters of Men
Patrick Ness

Our reviewer said, ‘Following on from the events in The Ask and the Answer, Monsters is a gripping read that sees Todd and Viola forced into a war they never wanted ... Ness never flinches away from how horrific war is, and how frustratingly slow progress can be.’

Mockingjay: The Hunger Games Book Three
Suzanne Collins

This gripping adventure series about a deadly reality game show has been a word-of-mouth bestseller – and this final instalment doesn’t disappoint. Twice, Katniss has been forced to participate in the brutal Hunger Games. Twice, she’s survived against the odds. But the Capitol are looking for revenge.

This is Shyness
Leanne Hall

Shyness is a suburb where it’s always night. Wildgirl is a visitor from across the border. And the charismatic Wolfboy is her guide for a night they’ll never forget. Our reviewer said, ‘It’s easy to see why This is Shyness won the 2009 Text Prize. In a word, it’s amazing

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
John Green & David Levithan

This fabulously schizophrenic novel tells the story of two Will Graysons, exploring the dichotomy we all struggle with within ourselves. Our reviewer said, ‘A laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud story about love and connection in all its forms: romantic, platonic, gay, straight and most importantly, musical.’

The Sky is Everywhere
Jandy Nelson

Seventeen-year-old Lennie’s older sister has suddenly died, leaving her with her Gram and pothead uncle Big. Our reviewer said, ‘Lennie narrates in spirited, sprawling, idiosyncratic prose that speaks perfectly of her age and her highly unconventional family life ... I can't recommend this book highly enough.’

White Cat
Holly Black

Cassell is uncursed – a straight kid in a crooked family of magicians and mobsters. Our reviewer said, ‘Nothing is as it seems in White Cat. Black edges towards perfection with this uncanny tale that’s part Harry Potter, part Sopranos. Full of a slimy, creeping kind of magic.’

Lips Touch Three Times
Laini Taylor

Our reviewer said, ‘One of those books that turns people who don’t like short stories into believers. This gorgeous book contains three short stories complete with goblins, a curse and lifelong secrets, and all revolving around a kiss.’

Malinda Lo

Our reviewer said, ‘Malinda Lo has taken the familiar tale of Cinderella and retold it with the weight of its original intention as a cautionary tale and the added evocation of the grief of a young girl who loses her family and way of life.’

The Piper’s Son
Melina Marchetta

Saving Francesca’s Tom Mackee has been damaged by the past five years, and wants to leave the friends and family who tie him to grief. Our reviewer said, ‘There is darkness in this book: the darkness of real life, real pain. But there is warmth and light too.’

What do you guys think? Do you agree with the picks? I’ve only read two books from the list (Six Impossible Things and Mockingjay) and loved both however I’ve heard really good things on many of the other books on the list, hmmm I might have to get some of these books on the list, good thing Christmas is coming up, I love getting books for presents!

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