The Compulsive Reader: Lyrical YA: My Favorite YA Books Written in Verse

Friday, April 12, 2013

Lyrical YA: My Favorite YA Books Written in Verse

To celebrate Poetry Month, I want to talk about some of my favorite YA novels written in verse! There are a lot more of them than you'd think, but here are some of my favorites, plus a couple that are in my TBR pile!

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

I love Terra Elan McVoy's second book--so far it's my favorite of her books (and I really love her books). The poetry in this novel is just so, so great, and I love the alternating perspectives of each of the protagonists. Read my review here.

The Best and Hardest Thing by Pat Brisson

This is the story of Molly, who decides she needs a change and that she wants to be brave and outgoing, but finds that you don't become those things by snagging a boyfriend, but by making the best, hard, responsibly decisions. Read my review here.

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas

This is a moving story about abuse, feeling invisible, and developing a strong voice. You won't be able to put it down, nor will you be able to forget this story. Read my review here.

Books by Lisa Schroeder

My favorite verse novel by Lisa Schroeder is Far From YouI really enjoyed Chasing Brooklyn and I want to read her others, Falling for You, The Day Before, and I Heart You, You Haunt Me. Click on the links above to read my reviews!

Books by Sonya Sones

One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies was the first book I read in verse (my review here), and I really enjoyed it! It's a quick, enjoyable book and I highly recommend it. I also really loved What My Mother Doesn't Know, and the follow up, What My Girlfriend Doesn't Know.

Books by Ellen Hopkins

Perhaps the most popular writer of YA novels in verse, Ellen Hopkins is a magnificent writer and her books are unflinching portrayals of some of the darkest subjects. My favorite is Burned, but I also enjoyed Identical, Impulse, Perfect, Tricks, and of course her trilogy Crank, Glass, and Fallout. I'm also looking forward to reading Tilt and Smoke (sequel to Burned!).

Books I am looking forward to reading:

May B by Caroline Starr Rose

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

What are your favorite YA novels in verse?


Anonymous said...

I love the new covers for the Sonya Sones books, :)
haven't actually read them, though, I just never got around doing it.

In fact, the only verse novel I've ever read is Song of The Sparrow by Lisa Sandell, which I do love.

Lauren said...

"Keesha's House" by Helen Frost