YA has become big blogging business recently, after incidents like That Slate Piece, Caitlin Moran’s ill-judged comments on girls in YA and the release of the TFIOS movie that spawned a hundred think pieces. On balance, these kinds of articles can only be good for YA. For every comment that suggests YA fiction is somehow unworthy or lesser than “real” fiction (answers on a postcard as to what that even means), there are a hundred readers, writers and general enthusiasts to point out why this is clearly not the case.
The best way to do this is usually to name books. Books that are the shining stars of YA; the bestsellers and award-winners; the books that make you sputter a recommendation with breathless, evangelical zeal. The same titles tend to come up again and again: We Were Liars. The Hunger Games. Code Name Verity. Eleanor and Park. The Fault in our Stars. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There’s good reason for this, and that is that they are all brilliant books. But they’re not the only brilliant books.
So, with the aforementioned evangelical zeal, I’ve picked a handful of my very favourite YA novels over the last few years that I think deserve more readers, more praise and more nods in Top 10 lists. To avoid this post getting too long, I’ll put them up individually over the next few weeks and add the links below.
Do let me know if there are any YA books you think fly too low under the radar. I’m always more than happy to add to my tottering to-read pile.
1) Vivian Versus the Apocalypse , Katie Coyle (Hot Key Books, 2013)
2) Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein (Electric Monkey, 2013)