Friday, 17 August 2012

How to Introduce YA

For any of you who may not know, I'm leaving for college on Sunday and I'll have three roommates showing up on Monday.

I've been talking to two of my roommates and three of us are pretty big readers, but we're all over the board. I'm all about YA and romance novels, while they loved classics and literary fiction. We all agreed that it might be a good idea for us to each bring some books we love and swap them out, giving us a chance to expand our reading horizons.

I've decided I'll be bringing up to 10 books...but I'm not totally sure which books to bring. I want to bring the best of what YA has to offer, but also a variety. That way if one genre or type of book doesn't work for them, I'll have something else. I can definitely swap out pretty easily; home isn't too far away and I have to come back fairly often. But I want to start out with THE best of YA.

So far, I'm thinking The Fault in Our Stars, Beauty Queens, and Between Shades of Gray. Maybe The Hunger Games, since I'm not sure they've read it and I loaned out Divergent.

But..are these good representatives of what YA can be? Are they too popular to be worth bringing? Do I want to bring a bunch of more-obscure titles or start out with the more well known? And whats really the best idea?

So, help me out here guys. Which books are the best ones to break a newbie into YA?

--Julie

15 comments:

  1. I think it's probably best to bring more popular books first! There's a reason why they're so popular - people like them! So chances are your roommates will as well! If they're into romance, too, maye try books like Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout, And The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare! I love all of those! :)

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    1. I've only read Clockwork Angel out of all of those and I'm not sure where my copy is. =/

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  2. Between Shades of Gray = definitely. The Fault in Our Stars... well, I'd definitely say a John Green book but I dunno if that's the best John Green book to start with, but it's awesome so - yeah. Love THG but I'm not sure if it'd be the best representation of YA for someone who is into classics and literary fiction and it's so popular that they will have heard of it already.

    Revolution by Jennifer Donnely? That one mixes historical fiction and contemporary and the writing is gorgeous.

    The Sky is Everywhere? Any Melina Marchetta book (particularly Jellicoe Road or The Pipers Son but TPS is a companion to Saving Francesca)? The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma? Speak is a good one too.

    Nevermore and Jane are good - and they're YA that are inspired by classics, which might appeal to someone into classics (Batman--who is ridiculously fussy with YA books--loved them both).

    The Book Thief might be a good one, it's one that is taking me forever to read because it's just - easy to put down, but it's really original and the writing is gorgeous and I think someone who isn't too into YA might appreciate one like that.

    Anna and the French Kiss is a good one, because the plot seems shallow, especially with the cover it has, but the execution of it and the writing show that it can be more than that.

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    1. I'm really hesitant about THG. I think Divergent's a better idea of dystopian but since I don't have my copy anymore... And TFIOS is my favorite of John's books. It'll make ME feel better to have it.

      I thought about The Sky is Everywhere. Especially as I still don't have a new copy of Jellicoe Road. I don't want to do Perks since I haven't read it, but maybe Forbidden if I can find it. Or maybe Speak.

      And again, haven't read Nevermore, but maybe Jane. Maybe a Pride and Prejudice retelling?

      Still haven't read The Book Thief and I try avoiding recommending books I haven't read. But maybe Anna...

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    2. Pride and Prejudice retelling would be good if you know of any really good ones (I don't think I've read a great one yet, they've all just be kind of mindless chick lit - entertaining, but not amazing and not brilliant writing and wouldn't convert me to love YA if I didn't already).

      Take Nevermore and Perks! That way you can read them! :D

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  3. You have a great list. I would also suggest Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, and Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley.

    Good luck!

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    1. I don't have Graffiti Moon and I gave away my Jellicoe Road because it got damaged in shipping so I wanted to buy a new one...but haven't yet.

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  4. Pretty much everything Lanna said but also Code Name Varity and the recent release Seraphina.

    Any Sarah Dessen for contemporary (particulary The Truth About Forev, This Lullaby, and Along for the Ride)

    Graceling too!

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    1. I just leant out Code Name Verity, otherwise I would bring it. And no finished copy of Seraphina.

      I don't want to bring too much Sarah Dessen and I don't know if it'd be the right feel for them. But I've thought about Graceling.

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  5. I COMPLETELY AGREE WITH REVOLUTION BY JENNIFER DONNELLY! I adore that book and it does such an excellent job of genre-blending. I've recommended it to YA lovers, adults who usually just read adults, fans of the classics...everybody who I've recommended it to has loved it!

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    1. Yeah, I think Revolution might be a good option...if I can find my copy...

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  6. People have already said most of mine!

    If I had to pick ten to appeal to non-YA readers and was aiming for a wide variety I think I'd go for Paper Towns, The Sky is Everywhere, The Hunger Games, Graffiti Moon, Pushing the Limits, Code Name Verity, The Anti-Prom, Finding Sky, Skin Deep and Wereworld: Rise of the Wolf.

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    1. I like TFIOS more than Paper Towns and I either don't have or loaned out everything after The Hunger Games.

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  7. Fantastic question! I think Vampire Academy would be good too. When it happens by Suzanne Colanski is a fun, relaxing read.

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  8. Morganville Vampires, Vampire Academy, Bloodlines, THG, Are they poor souls who haven't read Harry Potter? If so then that. Mortal Instruments, Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols.

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