Friday, November 6, 2009

Crossing over: What was your First YA Fave?


Yes, that is Patrick Swayze (R.I.P) and the kid from the Karate Kid. And, yes, this movie is awesomely 80's.

You probably don't remember your first picture book and I'd be impressed if you could remember the first chapter book you read (I know I can't) but I bet you remember the first YA book you really loved.

There is definitely some crossover between our junior fiction and our YA fiction (Harry Potter, I'm looking at you), so maybe your first favorite for teen book falls in between the two categories. Or maybe it involved a sparkly vampire.

For me, it was The Outsiders. I fell for Ponyboy, Sodapop and all the rest of the greasers. It's the classic story of a boy from the wrong side of the tracks trying to prove he is better than his address. I got sucked in by the plot and by the fact that S.E. Hinton wrote it when she was only sixteen! Also who can resist a book where the main character's name is Ponyboy Curtis?

Asking around, other first favorites of our staff include:

-Stephen Chbosky's The Perks of Being a Wallflower -

Another novel about being on the outside looking in. In Charlie's letters are his struggles to get over the suicide of his best friend and deal with family issues. Will he be able to move past these and find a circle of friends who he can be comfortable with?

You may also recognize this title from our top ten list of banned books.



-Sarah Dessen's Someone like You
Halley has always been close with her mother. But this year she is determined to do her own thing. Even if that means breaking up with the boy her mom approves of and dating reckless Macon, who her mom wants Halley to have nothing to do with. Halley's best friend and partner-in-crime, Scarlett has big plans for the two of them, until Scarlett finds out she is two months pregnant. Halley needs to figure out who she is and also how she can be the best friend to Scarlett.


- Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat
Weetzie Bat is just about the coolest teenager in YA lit. Riding around the City of Angels in a classic car with her best friend Dirk and her dog slinkster-dog and eating sushi and oki-dogs. The book follows Weetzie and Dirk as they go to punk shows, search for boyfriends, make movies and gather together the coolest adopted family around. It's a novel about love, friendship and whimsy.

If you like Weetzie Bat be sure to check out the rest of the books about her in Block's Dangerous Angels series.


So, what was yours? That first book where you were stretching outside of chapter books and into Young Adult territory?

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