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The Compulsive Reader: YA in the Mitten!

Monday, April 1, 2013

YA in the Mitten!

I am a Michigan girl, which means I can show you where my hometown is on the back of my hand, I've spent more time swimming in Lake Michigan than in any ocean, and UP is not just a direction. I love reading about books set in my home state and I've slowly been amassing a list of great YA reads with familiar settings. Here are a few of my favorites!

The Wake Trilogy by Lisa McMann (Wake, Fade, Gone)


Click on the titles to read my reviews of this trilogy set near Holland, MI!

I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan


This cute romantic book is set in Grand Rapids, MI! Click here to read my review.

Starting From Here by Lisa Jenn Bigelow


The protagonist in this book is definitely a MI girl--she lives near Kalamazoo, drives a red truck, and works at a Meijer! Click here to read my review.

45 Pounds (More or Less) by Kelly Barson



This contemporary read by MI author Kelly Barson will be released by Viking in July! Click here to read more.

The Everafter by Amy Huntley


Click here to read my review!

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton


Courtney is a MI writer, and her protagonist Ellie is from southeast Michigan! Click here to read my review.

See What I See by Gloria Whelan


Gloria Whelan is a Michigan author who has written a ton of great children's books, and this YA novel is set in Detroit! Click here to read more about this book.

Queen of Secrets by Jenny Meyeroff


This book is set in southeast Michigan, and it even mentions the university I attended! Click here to read my review.

The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter


Although this book is more of a paranormal romance, parts of the book do take place in the "real world" of Michigan! Plus, Aimee is Michigan writer! Click here to read my review.

The Morgue and Me by John C. Ford


This mystery also takes place in a Michigan town! Click here to read more about it.

Broken by A.E. Rought


Rought's spooky new book is set in a small town in Michigan! Click here to read more about it!

Do you know of any other YA books set in Michigan? Tell me about them in the comments!

6 comments:

LinWash said...

I read the Wake trilogy and The Goddess Test. Hadn't thought about the Michigan connection. Cool. I have a lot of relatives in the Detroit area.

The Compulsive Reader said...

Cool! The Wake trilogy is pretty neat because it really captures the MI landscape.

Sarah @ YA Love said...

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulten takes place around Bloomfield Hills or somewhere near there. Saving June by Hannah Harrington started in Michigan, and I think her new book, Speechless, might take place in Michigan too. Both authors are from Michigan :)

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

That's really cool! :D
I didn't know so many books were set in MI!

Beth S. said...

The Sweetest Thing by Christina Mandelski takes place in MI

Wanita said...

J.L. Panagopoulos writes historical fiction set in Michigan. Wonderful chapter books for 3rd-5th grade students. The author does interviews and works with students via skyp http://jlpanagopoulos.com/