There are a bunch of bloggers I could blame/praise (I call some out below)for my recent YA glom-fest, but my practically divine Jennifer Echols reading experience really cemented this recent trend. After falling so hard for Going Too Far I knew I couldn’t put off other recommendations any longer.
1. Perfect Chemistry, by Simone Elkeles: everyone and their mother have rec’d this one, especially for Jennifer Echols fans, in fact I’ve even seen their names confused and muddled together in a few different places too! This high-school romance sounds a bit like the Kirsten Dunst movie Crazy/Beautiful because the book is about a white-cheerleader-girl meets hispanic-bad-boy when they’re paired together in chemistry class. Don’t worry, he doesn’t spend all of class breaking the side of the table off in his hand to keep from sucking her blood.* Yay non-paranormal yet still dramatic teen love stories!
2. I Am the Messenger, by Markus Zusak: ok this was all due to Angieville’s retro friday post on how she picked this Zusak book up first, even while everyone was obsessing over his more recent release The Book Thief. I decided to copy her because I’m creepy like that *insert non-threatening winkyface here* I just finished reading this book and it affected me so much, it’s clever, moving, suspenseful, and utterly fascinating. When underacheiving-19-year-old cab driver Ed Kennedy starts receiving mysterious messages on playing cards he knows he has to follow their directions, or else… (also NOT paranormal, yayx2)
3. and 4. I’m pretty sure Suite Scarlett is the first in this Maureen Johnson series, and then Scarlett Fever. I can’t remember where I heard about them first, but Janicu’s great recent review finally made me pull the trigger. I love books set in NYC and think I’m going to enjoy following 15-year-old Scarlett’s adventures!
So that’s the list. From the time. I took all the good tween books from the library! Sorry kids!
*Hate that bullshit series. HATE. IT.
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