There are just certain young adult authors that, when they have a new book coming out, you know you’re going to beg, borrow or steal to read first… and these three authors are just that for me!
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon – okay, I admit it… I stole it. I straight up STOLE an advanced reader’s copy from the publisher’s booth at ALA, because I could NOT wait another minute to crack it open. I read it walking to and from the conference hotel. I read it at lunch. I read it during every minute of downtime I had. And it was amazing, it was transporting, it was romantic, it was EVERYTHING. This novel is about Natasha (who is trying to keep her family from being deported that very night) and Daniel, who is struggling with who and what he will become as he makes future decisions. For one day, they connect, intertwining with each other and New York City, and Yoon plays the suspense up for all it’s worth. No spoilers… but so soul-satisfying. I had a book hangover after I was done…
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven was another strong entry from Niven, who destroyed me with All the Bright Places last year. Jack and Libby both have problems – big problems – but somehow, when these two connect, it’s magic, and even though it shouldn’t work… it does. Niven writes such empathetic, honest characters – I devoured this one.
What Light by Jay Asher... after the publication of Thirteen Reasons Why, I’m always going to be on Team Asher. This one, though it dealt with a few deeper issues, was generally much lighter in tone and task. Sierra’s family uproots once a year to sell Christmas trees in California, and of course… she has to decide which life she wants to lead once a boy makes an appearance in one. Solid, easy to read, but not as soul-satisfying at the other two.
And on the non-YA front, I reread Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte for the first time in ages (oh, Mr. Rochester), listened to John Grisham’s Rogue Lawyer (eh), and tried (and failed) to finish Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead. I love a good novel set in the world of ballet… and this one wasn’t.