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Monday, November 15, 2010

YA Bloggers Want...Well-rounded EVERYTHING: Harmony B

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I'm very pleased to welcome Harmony from Harmony Book Reviews today (emerging from her MG-in-a-week challenge...which I think is awfully impressive!) to tell us what she'd like to see on the YA shelf.

I had the great fun of meeting Harmony in person when I went to ALA in Washington DC, and she is just the nicest person and a great advocate of books.

Note Harmony's new blog location here or follow her on twitter.

Welcome, Harmony!


One thing I think that's missing in YA is well-rounded books. What I mean by that is a book where it's not just the main character and the main plot that's relateable and developed but EVERYTHING. I love it when minor characters and subplots are just as developed and realistic as the main plot, without taking over.

My 3 Fave YA's:
Ballads of Suburbia by Stephanie Kuehnert
Willow by Julia Hoban
Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken


Thank you, Harmony!

Readers, what do you think makes a well-rounded book? Who are some of your favorite, well-developed secondary characters in YA? What would you like to see more of? Comment for a chance to win this week's book prizes, plus a chance to win the big prize! (US addresses only, sorry!)

This What YA Bloggers Want series is in honor of YALSA's Teen Read Week and National Book Month (even though we've already spilled over into November because of an outpouring of blogger amazingness...ah well, more prizes)!


  1. I would like to see more well-done subplots, but they would need to be relevent, consistent and further the main character's journey

  2. I think a well-rounded book has a fully developed world (history, a vividly described landscape, religion, maybe), solid characters, and a story that leaves no plot thread dangling.

    One of my fave well-developed secondary characters is Tiny Cooper, from John Green & David Levithan's Will Grayson Will Grayson. I absolutely loved reading about him!

  3. My favorite well-developed secondary character is Diana from the Gone series by Michael Grant. He develops her character by revealing what she's really like.

  4. I feel well rounded books need to have memorable characters, vivid descriptions, and needs to tie off all loose ends at the end of the story. The author Neal Shusterman does a great job of this.
    My favorite well-developed secondary character is Peeta from the Hunger Games. I know I was team Gale, but Peeta grew just as much as Katniss did. and I loved seeing it.

  5. I always enjoy when there is just a little more to a story. Maybe that unique characterist of th eminor characters or a little more history from the abckground. Well-rounded story are definately something I enjoy!

  6. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken was a great book and it was well rounded indeed! I do miss those books!

  7. I agree Brightly Woven is an amazing novel. I think some books need to be more well rounded. I completely agree. In Rose Sees Red, by Cecil Castellucci I felt like everything was pretty well developed. The characters, the sub plots. Thats a great novel too.