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Monday, November 01, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...Honesty and Wit: There's A Book

Danielle from There's A Book and Chick Lit Reviews is on the blog today to talk about what makes a YA book compelling and honest, and what she'd like to see on the YA shelf!

I've met Danielle through the blogosphere and found out she has a passion for sharing good books with kids and teens. So I'm very pleased to welcome her to tell us What YA Bloggers Want...


After devouring nearly a book a day for the last year, I can tell you the most important thing I'm looking for when picking up my next great read is a compelling story and witty dialogue. No matter the setting, fantasy or reality, I'm hoping for more "honest" characters and causes. Even if the cause is saving humanity from an army of zombie bunnies, I want to believe humanity is worth saving (or not)! And interactions between characters that are funny and true to the nature of today's teens.

As an adult who reads YA, for me, it's all about the escape to days now past. It's an incredible experience to read and remember those feelings and situations, to bring them bubbling to the top often resulting in laughter or streams of tears. These are the YA books I'm looking forward to pulling off the shelves, the ones with a passion you can feel from page one to the very end.

Some of my current favorites in the YA arena today (besides Tell Me A Secret, of course!) would definitely be the following:

The Mortal Intruments Series by Cassandra Clare
Dangerous Neighbors by Beth Kephart
Z by Michael Thomas Ford
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien


Thank you for stopping by, Danielle!

Readers, what do you love to read and remember? What captures your reading attention? Witty dialogue? Compelling, honest problems? Do you read for reflection or escape? Leave a comment for a chance to win witty, honest, wonderful books! (US only - sorry!)

The What YA Bloggers Want series celebrates YA lit for YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month!


  1. Something that I read and remember is the author's writing style. I love it when authors describe everything do well, and have unforgettable characters. Also, the dialogue really catches my eye. I think that is why "The Hunger Games" and "Fablehaven" remain my favorite books!

  2. Characters are the cornerstone for me. I think my characters have to have a path and stick with it, even if they end up in some dark places. That is the honesty I crave.

  3. Characters are a biggy for me. I want to be able to relate to them and I want them to be realistic! Humor is also something I would like to see more of!

  4. Thank you, so much, for having me on Holly! It was so fun to think about this, although I'm sure I could add a few more things to the list after watching all the other responses. Looks like we should be in store for some fantastic new YA books soon!

  5. I remember a book when I really get to know the characters. If I know a character really well then its easier for me to recall the book. Also, witty dialogue, like in Paranormalcy Evie was just hilarious, everything she said made me laugh for weeks. My sister and I would make jokes around the house all the time.

    I also love books that give me this heartachy feeling, like a sadness that it ended or they just make me think about my own life.

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  6. I would have to say compelling honest problems. It makes the book and the characters stand out more and gives me something to relate to. I am almost 30, so reading a YA book brings me back to highschool and the very real problems teenagers face. That may have been many years ago to me, but it doesn't mean those experiences didn't shape who I am today and it also points out problems that my kids may face in the future. It keeps the light on for me and leaves me a connection to my past and possibly the future with my kids

  7. Characters are what capture me most about books. If a character is really well-developed, I'll remember the book forever.
    Second place goes to witty dialogue--I love when I can laugh while reading.

  8. I also love having witty dialogue between the characters. It makes them feel real and I am a very sarcastic person myself so I love to read about people who are making the kinds of jokes that I would make. I also enjoy a good thought out love story, I know hopeless romantic at heart.


  9. I read to escape...that is the best part of books - getting away from my every day life. I like characters I can relate to though, especially ones who are sarcastic and intelligent - those are the ones who grab my attention and make me want to keep reading. A little romance doesn't hurt either.

  10. The best parts of books for me are compelling stories, witty dialogue, and well-developed characters. Sometimes I can enjoy a book if it lacks one or more of these elements, but I'll probably never want to pick it up again. I've noticed that all of my favorite books that I re-read time and time again have a strong foundation of these three elements.
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