I've got a secret: I love YA fiction! Okay, this might not be a surprise to you, but I came into the "reading" game a little late, which meant that the YA books that I could have been reading in my teens never really hit me, so I started reading them as I entered college, and haven't stopped! I'm still a young adult, so I see no problem with this.
Besides, YA fiction can teach people of any age something about the world: consider popular books like The Fault in Our Stars or Maze Runner! There's always something more to learn!
In honor of the year wrapping up, Mashable put together 10 of the best books of 2014. I haven't read them all, but I'm not going to let them pass me up. I'm sure there will be dozens of new great YA books next year, too, but for now, I'll try reading these! Who will join me?
1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
This book was revered not only by Mashable, but also in the Top 100 Books of 2014 on Amazon! The story is basically about a privileged girl looking to remember her dark past, which has strongly affected her, but she's not quite sure why.
2. The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse
A fantastic book by a fantastic author! Halse won the Margaret A. Edwards award this year, and this book takes a look at a very serious topic: PTSD and how it affects not only the inflicted, but also those in their life. A very great read for anyone who has known someone, who knows someone with PTSD (aka all of us!)
3. Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley
I really don't know much about this book, but it is apparently a new perspective on the idea of all white schools in the south at the time when African American students began entering the system. This story follows two girls, one white and one black, with two different opinions, on two different sides of the spectrum.
4. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
I don't know anything about this one, except that it has apparently beautiful writing that is nearly lyrical in it's construction, and that's enough to get me curious. How about you?
5. Some Boys by Patty Blount
Rapes happening at high schools across the nation has been a dark narrative that we have had to follow for months: will this ever end? Can we get the world to a point where girls will feel comfortable, not accused, tell their stories? I'm not sure how it will happen, but this story is a great look into this idea. The main character is raped, tells people about it, and is then shunned by many in her community for the accusation.
6. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer MathieuThis sounds like a story of lies and intrigue: we hear from everyone except for the main character herself! Regardless of whether or not I like the plot, I think this is worth a read for the structure of the work.
7. To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanA girl writes letters to the boys she once liked. Somehow, they all get mailed to the guys themselves, and a girl has to deal with the consequences. Sounds like a lot of fun to me!!!
8. Girls Like Us by Gail GilesI love books that tell the story from two perspectives: it really shows the talent of the author to accurately represent two voices, and has those voices intertwine with each other in incredible ways. This particular book follows the case of two girls labeled Special Ed, and then too old for their program, as they grow into something more than that label.
9. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. KingI read and loved King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz, so I'm super excited for this book as well. Spooky visions of the future by the main character? Seems like a book for me!
10. 100 Sideways Miles by Andrew SmithI haven't read 100 Sideways Miles or Grasshopper Jungle by Smith, which means that I should probably just check both out of the library and get on with it. The main character of this book has a lot of strange characteristics: a dog-murderer(?) best friend and a strange scar caused when a horse fell from the sky and hit him. Yep. Sounds like a must read.