Happy Friday, everyone! Today I’ve got a joint post for you with the lovely Amy from GoldenBooksGirl – make sure you check her out if you haven’t already! A couple of weeks ago, we buddy read the book ‘Am I Normal Yet?’ by Holly Bourne, and it got us thinking: what got us into reading YA? We thought we’d share our books that got us into the genre and what we thought of them!
Twilight (Stephenie Meyer)
Twilight was my favourite book when I was 14, and me and my classmates loved reading them together and discussing everything that went on in the pages. A romance with vampires?! Teenage me going through her emo phase said yes please! The library had a waiting list that eventually stretched to 6 weeks, so a lot of us saved our pocket money and bought it in desperation to read. It was fun to read something different and to declare my love for my chosen team (Team Jasper, if you must know). Lots of people will scoff at Twilight, but I have fond memories of the series and own some special editions too.
Fangirl (Rainbow Rowell)
I’ve gotta admit, I probably wouldn’t read Fangirl again now that I’m older, as it wouldn’t appeal to me anymore. That being said, I did enjoy it and it made me enjoy something other than fantasy which I was used to! My first draw to it was fanfiction, and I really enjoyed the characters and the slight relation to Harry Potter. It was good fun for teenage me to read!
The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)
I know, it sounds stupidly cliche. But The Hunger Games came out and filled the void that was left in my life once Twilight was all finished and done. The Hunger Games was gritty and dark, and I loved Katniss and her rebellion. It was a great read, although I didn’t enjoy the love triangle – but did really feel for Katniss at the end of Mockingjay.
AM I NORMAL YET? (Holly Bourne)
This is the very reason we decided on this post idea for this Bookish Buddies read. Am I Normal Yet? was the first YA book I fell deep for, and I still remember 2 years on the exact circumstances in which I read it (the last day of the summer holidays, and I simultaneously tore through it because I couldn’t wait to see what would happen and didn’t want it to end). Another reason why this book is so special to me is that it’s how I discovered feminism, and started to see the way gender affects society.
GEEK GIRL (Holly Smale)
I read this once and didn’t like it much. I read it again a few years later and I just can’t explain how much FUN I had. I was ill (with a chest infection, if I remember correctly) and Harriet’s story brightened my day. I also loved that she was so clever and we got to see how that impacts on her, and I identify with her on a lot of levels. Plus, Lion Boy is amazing. If you’re not in love with him, have you even read these books?! I quickly devoured books 2-4 afterwards, and read 5 and 6 almost immediately after their releases. This series means the world to me, and I’ll admit I shed enough tears to fill a river* when I read Forever Geek earlier this year.
*a slight exaggeration; a large pond, maximum. Promise.
THE DAY I MET SUZIE (Chris Higgins)
This is another book that made me want to read more YA. I don’t read thrillers very often, and I’m quite picky (this one is psychological and very, very intriguing), but this one sent shivers down my spine and I couldn’t put it down. It’s still just as excellent, if not more, every time I reread.
So – that’s what got us into the young adult genre! Are there any books on our lists that you agree with? Let us know what books got you into YA!