Day 6: Favourite young adult book
I had trouble decided on a single young adult book to choose for this challenge. And the YA novels I read are so diverse that it didn’t make my choice any easier. I’ll go from dark, realistic YA, to paranormal, to fantasy, to fairy tale retellings. Really, I’ll read just about any YA novel, so long as it gets some good reviews. 🙂
So, I’ve chosen two favourite YA books, with two runner-ups, just for fun.
For realistic YA, the runner-up was The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Seriously, read it! Number one was:
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
I guess that the eventual reason I chose this book is that I first read it over nine years ago, and it still stays with me today. Mostly in a good way. This is one of the more realistic YA books I’ve read and I love the way Dessen handles teenage relationships, and particularly the abusive one that the main character, Cailtin ends up in. Life isn’t easy for Caitlin, she doesn’t get the whirlwind fantastic relationship you would expect, but she does find the strength in herself to get out and move on and become herself. I found this book quite inspirational, and I think it would be a great book for any young adult (mostly girl) to read. Particularly because of the insight it provides into how abusive relationships can happen, and why women can find it so hard to leave.
For YA fantasy, the runner-up was Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce. A great conclusion to a fantastic series! And the winner was:
Cybele’s Secret by Juliet Marillier
This is a great YA fantasy adventure novel, with a fantastic female protagonist who is strong, brave and determined. Paula is a great character, and probably the main reason I prefer Cybele’s Secret to its predecessor, Wildwood Dancing. Additionally, she is accompanied on her adventure by two great, handsome, noble and cheeky men who make the adventure all the more worth reliving! But what I most love about Paula is that she isn’t without flaws. Yes, she gets herself in a bit of a love triangle and has to make some tough choices. And I love that she stuffs it up. Paula is only seventeen, she is young and confused enough to make mistakes, and Marillier lets her make them. Having made enough of my own teenager (and twenty-something!) mistakes, I love that Paula is a strong, resilient character who makes her mistakes and sets about living with them. All and all, a fantastic YA fantasy book! (And I sort of just wanted another Juliet Marillier book in here – though there are more to come!!!)
P.S. This challenge kind of made me realise that nearly all of the YA books I read are geared toward girls. Must explore the other side!