I’ve been totally slacking on reading young adult (YA) novels lately, so I’m trying to rectify that! Here’s what I’ve read recently…
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake was not at all what I thought it was going to be. I expected a sweet summer romance on the boardwalk, but this is… much darker. Mental illness, family tensions, quirky romance and how we find ourselves make up this weighty novel. I couldn’t stop reading it, once I rejiggered my expectations of it!
Looking for Group by Alexis Hall is not strictly a young adult novel, but I think has great crossover appeal. Drew (a 19-year-old university student) is hugely involved with a MMORPG, and has just joined a new guild. Through the game, he starts to fall for another player… only to realize it’s a guy, not a girl behind the keyboard. What follows is a sweetly romantic novel with lots of gaming nerdism, snappy dialogue, and a happy ending. I absolutely loved it!
Wandering Wild by Jessica Taylor was a zippy read… Tal is a Wanderer, who, along with her beloved brother, are part of a group of modern gypsies. When they stop in a small town, she falls for a local boy. But are they destined to be together or ripped apart by choices beyond their control? I dug it!
I’ve also been reading more non-YA novels as well, such as… Leave Me by Gayle Forman (a YA author’s first foray into adult fiction), Meternity by Meghann Foye (fun!), Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal (it just made me HAPPY), and Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin, which was just such a dandy, sweet romance novel.