Almost three years ago, I wrote a blog post about overlooked YA books that I love. One of the amazing things about YA is that we are surrounded by so many books that we can all get excited about, and that when fans really love books, great things happen. Massive hype is built up, the power of word of mouth is incredible. New books are exciting, I have a lot of older favorites that I want to continue to share with you all, and I hope you. You can click here to read my first list. Here are a few more books I love:
Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters by Natalie Standiford
I love this book so much, and Natalie's other YA novel How to Say Goodbye in Robot. It tells the story of three sisters who each write a letter to their grandmother explaining their behavior over the course of a semester in an attempt to explain to her why they each might have displeased her. It's so well-written, intelligent, and emotional, and it's out in paperback!
And Then Everything Unraveled & And Then I Found Out the Truth by Jennifer Sturman
Not only are these covers gorgeous and colorful and fun, but the story is just so great. When Delia's no-nonsense mother disappears under mysterious circumstances and is presumed dead, Delia has to move to NYC to live with her two aunts. But she won't give up investigating her mother's disappearance... These two books were a lot of fun, equally humorous and serious!
I Now Pronounce You Someone Else by Erin McCahan
While I was initially drawn to this book because it's set not too far from where I grew up, I think that this book is fantastic because of it's wonderful emotional arc and its examination of the idea of true love and identity.
Mothership by Martin Leicht and Isla Neal
This was one of those books I didn't think I'd read, but I picked it up on a whim one day and found myself pleasantly surprised at how witty and fun it was! The humor is just fantastic, and the plot doesn't take itself too seriously in between the aliens, romantic drama, and space pirates.
Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines
I don't know what it was about this book that I found so compelling--perhaps the depiction of a modern world fascinated with gladiator sporting events, or the unexpected romantic interest, or the fine balance that protagonist Lyn has to maintain to keep her family together. Perhaps a combination of all three of those elements. Plus, it's an inexpensive buy!
What are some of your favorite books that tend to be overlooked?