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Monday, October 18, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...Pushing the Boundaries: Confessions of a Bookaholic

Super sweet Jessica of Confessions of a Bookaholic is here to talk about lighting fires...chemistry...ooh, and fun October events! She's even featuring TMAS at her blog today!! Crazy Halloween photos of me and my sweetie, podcast and more!

I met Jessica during TMAS's travels through the blogosphere, and she has been a very lovely and kind supporter of me and the book (thank you, Jessica!). I am grateful, and happy to welcome her to What YA Bloggers Want!


One of the goals I set up for myself early on in blogging was to venture away from the safe; to take chances with what books I read and enjoy the variety they offer. I have not been disappointed. Books like PERFECT CHEMISTRY by Simone Elkeles, FALLOUT by Ellen Hopkins, and, of course, TELL ME A SECRET by the lovely Holly Cupala, are just a few of the books that tackle important issues related to teen life.

So what do I want to see on the YA self? Something that shocks me! A story that deals with reality and pushes the boundaries. I want to feel the emotions connected to the book and have the story stay with me long after the story has been read. Those stories: the ones of heartbreak, choices, romance, and the harsh realities of life, light my fire.

Top 5 YA books that have accomplished this:

1. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
2. Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
3. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols
4. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
5. Tell Me A Secret by Holly Cupala

Thank you so much Holly for having me.


Thank you, Jessica! And readers, you don't want to miss the fun month-long event going on over at Confessions of a Bookaholic and A Life Bound By Books.

“Haunted Halloween: True Tales of the Paranormal”

This event takes place October 1-31 on my blog as well as Lisa’s at A Life Bound by Books. We are spotlight authors true scary stories. Yes, prepare to be scared! Along with this we will be giving away (so far) over 60 great YA books, as well as some amazing swag donating by authors and publishers for the event. Giveaways will be going on each week and some may test your ability to be scary and creative yourself. Be prepared for some special guests and a twitter party too. Come celebrate the True Tales of the Paranormal with us and your favorite YA authors.

(Oh, and you can comment below for a chance to win What YA Bloggers Want book prizes! US addresses only.)


  1. Let’s see, the books that took hot button issues to a whole new level for me-
    Dreamland by Sarah Dessen
    Before I fall by Lauren Oliver
    Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    The Deadly Sister by Elliot Shrafer

  2. The only one I have read like that so far is Perfect Chemistry. But I have heard a lot about Ellen Hopkins book and Lauren Oliver's and look forward to checking them out too.

  3. I loved Dreamland. So well done. I also really love how bravely Ellen Hopkins tackles intense topics. All of these are on my TBR list!

  4. I agree; I want books that are somehow different and shocking. I have the pleasure of choosing books for our school's Chick Lit Book Club every month. I am always searching for uncharted territory. This month, we're reading Carol Lynch Williams's The Chosen One. So far, the girls are shocked! I hope that they're shocked into action, into thinking about lives that are so different from their own.

    This is a great topic for discussion!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

  5. Great choices Jessica. I haven't read them all but I've heard they were all good. And of course TELL ME A SECRET is.

  6. I'm 15 and if you asked me to tell you about an author to read for YA I'd give you these authors: Simone Elkeles, Ellen Hopkins,Sarah Dessen, Lauren Oliver, Jay Asher.

    I haven't read some of the books by these authors but these authors have written books that are...realistic. Really surprising and shocking and wonderful. There aren't a whole lot of chiches and love traingles. there's emotions: hurt, grief, anger. Most of all, there's books about the reality of life.