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!