My 15 year old daughter is an avid reader and she is always on the lookout for new books. With her help, I have put a list of books for YA that she has read during the year or reading at the moment. With winter months fast approaching and the odds of spending time outdoors diminishing, these books will be great reads during the cold winter months.
1.The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas: My daughter is actually reading it at the moment and so far she is enjoying the book. It is about sixteen-year-old Starr who lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. This is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice. The movie rights have been sold to Fox, with Amandla Stenberg (The Hunger Games) to star.
2.Forever Geek (Geek Girl, Book 6) by Hollie Smale This the last book in the series and having read every single book in the series, my daughter remarked that at the end of the book she had a little cry knowing that she will not meet Harriet Manners (the main character) again. It might be best to start with book one to really get to know Harriet.
Everyone at school knows Harriet Manners is a geek – she’s always spouting random facts, has zero fashion sense and can often be found in a tangled heap on the floor after falling over. She has aspiring model and fashion addict best friend Nat to keep her sane.Harriet knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. By book 6, it’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go. According to my daughter ” the books are funny, entertaining with sad part too and you just have to get into Harriet’s head”
Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award. It has currently been translated into 28 languages worldwide.
Flawed and Perfect by Cecelia Ahern are two books that my daughter and her friends have been talking about. If your teenager is into young adult fantasy they might enjoy them
3. Flawed: Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan. But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed. In her breathtaking young adult debut, bestselling author Cecelia Ahern depicts a society where perfection is paramount and flaws lead to punishment. And where one young woman decides to take a stand that could cost her everything.
4. Perfect: is the thrilling, shocking and romantic sequel to the bestselling YA debut FLAWED is finally here. When we embrace all our flaws, that’s when we can finally become PERFECT…Celestine North lives in a society that demands perfection. After she was branded Flawed by a morality court, Celestine’s life has completely fractured – all her freedoms gone. Since Judge Crevan has declared her the number one threat to the public, she has been a ghost, on the run with the complicated, powerfully attractive Carrick, the only person she can trust. But Celestine has a secret – one that could bring the entire Flawed system crumbling to the ground. Judge Crevan is gaining the upper hand, and time is running out for Celestine. With tensions building, Celestine must make a choice: save only herself, or risk her life to save all the Flawed. And, most important of all, can she prove that to be human in itself is to be Flawed…?
5. The Problem with forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a deeply powerful and emotional story about struggling to overcome your past and find where you belong.
Growing up, Mallory Dodge learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it’s been four years since her nightmare ended, she’s beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling, Mallory must face a new milestone—spending her senior year at a public high school. But she never imagined she’d run into Rider Stark, the friend and protector she hasn’t seen since childhood, on her very first day.
It doesn’t take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet soon it becomes apparent that she’s not the only one grappling with lingering scars from the past. And as she watches Rider’s life spiral out of control, Mallory must make a choice between staying silent and speaking out—for the people she loves, the life she wants and the truths that need to be heard.
6. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.
Maddy is allergic to the world; stepping outside the sterile sanctuary of her home could kill her. But then Olly moves in next door. And just like that, Maddy realizes there’s more to life than just being alive. You only get one chance at first love. And Maddy is ready to risk everything, everything to see where it leads. Now a major film again starring Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson which was released in the UK last month.