Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Top 10 in 2010: Pat's Choices of Righteousness

Welcome to Pat, our librarian, rock-star, blog-founder! Thanks for sharing your choices with us!
Lots of death in my favorite YA books of 2010—not sure what that means, if anything. But they are all wonderfully written, engaging stories filled with characters that you want to spend time with. Here they are in no particular order:

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend: a funny, touching, bittersweet coming-of-age story with a wonderful main character in Cass who is dealing, obviously, with the death of her best friend and lots of other issues.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz: another story about a person whose best friend dies--this time after they have a falling out. But don't let that stop you from picking up this smart, sharp page-turner. You will keep reading until you find out what really happened to Charlie. I loved Vera! This might be my favorite book of the year.

Dash & Lily's Book of Dares: or maybe this is my favorite. Dash and Lilly--strangers to each other-- trade dares via a red Moleskine notebook left in various places around NYC. David Levithan and Rachel Cohn join forces again (they wrote Nick & Nora's Infinite Playlist together) to produce another winner.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson: John Green is my all-time favorite YA author. David Levithan is right up there, too. Together they are amazing. Read this book about two very different guys named Will Grayson. And meet one of the greatest characters in all of YA literature--Tiny Cooper. Trust me on this.

Bruiser: This book slowly grabs you and doesn't let go. When Tennyson finds out his twin sister is dating Bruiser Rawlins, the guy voted most likely to end up in jail, he thinks it's a terrible idea. But things aren't always as they seem. There's a twist that I wasn't expecting, but it really works with the story.

The Sky is Everywhere: OK, this one might really be my favorite. Another one where the main character, Lennie, suffers the death of someone she loves. A smart, beautifully written book littered with Lennie's poetry and a cast of quirky characters.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster: Zach is eighteen but instead of being in high school he's in a rehab center and can't remember how he got there. He figures something really bad must have happened. Read this harrowing, ultimately uplifting book to witness Zach's journey.

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi: This post-apocalyptic thriller set in the New Orleans area at some future time pits poor scavengers (the ship breakers) against the rich "swanks". The action never stops and Nailer, Pima and Lucky Girl are among the characters you will keep thinking about long after you turn the final page. Check it out!

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