Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Top Ten Books for People Who Don't Read YA

Hosted by the team over at The Broke and the Bookish, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme for list-loving bloggers. Every Tuesday, participants compile a list of their favorite books, authors, or other literature-related things that fall under a certain category.

This week's topic is "top ten books I would recommend to X person," so I decided to target a rather irksome group: literary elitists who look down on young adult novels. I selected YA books that are particularly well-written, thought-provoking, or potentially more appealing to older readers as YA doubters are often adults. I could have placed many, many more titles on this list, but I had to keep it at ten, so feel free to comment with more books you would have included.

1. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr
This book deals with issues that will resonate with adults as loudly as they do with teenagers, making the characters' voices and stories more mature.

2. Shine by Lauren Myracle
This gritty contemporary illuminates problems that teenagersand society in generalface on a regular basis and is a perfect book for cross-generation discussion.

3. Bumped by Megan McCafferty
The 30-and-up crowd needs to read this hilarious and thought-provoking satire, which comments on adults' perception of teenagers.


4. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
This novel describes a lesser-known historical event, and any reader can learn something from Sepetys's thorough research.


5. Someone Else's Life by Katie Dale
Dale's debut features an older protagonist whose experience with Huntington's Disease forces her to grow up quickly, which may appeal to adult readers.

6. Everneath by Brodi Ashton
Hand this book to someone who thinks all supernatural YA relies on over-dramatic love triangles. The main couple in this series has a deep bond and a lot more to worry about than their shared romance.

7. Any Ally Carter book
Carter is a genius with plot, and her stories can entertain anyone with an open mind. I turned my grandma into an Ally Carter fan, an accomplishment of which I am proud.

This book is so atmospheric and beautiful. You can read my review to see my full analysis of the writing and mood, but suffice it to say that I would give this to anyone who doubts the existence of gorgeously written YA.

Just like the classic novel that inspired it, this book contains a timeless tale marketed toward younger readers but with messages that apply to older ones as well. It is honest and sad, but hopeful, and it makes readers ponder the true meaning of happiness.

10. Where the Stars Still Shine by Trish Doller
This book chronicles a tale of family in general as much as it relates the story of its adolescent protagonist. I can envision adults, especially those with teenagers of their own, connecting to Doller's sophomore novel.

What books would you recommend to YA doubters?

14 comments:

  1. I love well-written books, of any genre!

    Here's my Top Ten!And I hope you will also sign up for my Gratitude Giveaway, a trip across America (via a book, of course!) or a $25 Amazon gift card...it's international!

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    1. Me too! The writing is one of the most important things for me.

      What better way to travel across America? :)

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  2. I think you've got some great choices on your list! I want to read so many of them.

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  3. YA is the main thing I read, and I've only read one of these! TIGER LILY is fantastic! I need to read most of the others!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

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    1. Yes, it tore my emotions apart and talked about fascinating topics. I loved it so much. And you definitely do!

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  4. Ally Carter! You can never go wrong recommending those books to people! And that's really neat that you got your grandmother to read her books! :)

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    1. You can't. Anyone who doesn't like an Ally Carter novel is obviously a hater of all things fun and well-written. I haven't heard anything bad about her books.

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  5. I love Ally Carter as well. I included both of her series on my top 10 list this week. I even talked my Mom into reading all of her books. Great list!!

    Here is my TTT: http://jacquesbooknook.blogspot.com/2013/11/top-ten-tuesday-books-i-would-recommend.html

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    1. *claps hands for you* We are spreading the Ally Carter love, my friend.

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  6. *happy dances* This list is perfection. I completely agree with all of them. Well, some I have not read, but I've heard of them (mostly from you) and I think they would be great for the YA snobs. *claps*

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    1. Haha, thanks! There are so many more books I could have included, and I felt terrible about leaving them off.

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  7. I LOVEEEEEED Where the Stars Still Shine! That's definitely one of my favorite books so far

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    1. I'm glad to hear you loved it so much! I adored the family relationship aspect of the story.

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