Thursday, December 19, 2013

Top 10 for 2013: Ms. Rachel Takes Us to School

Our story time kids know Ms. Rachel knows her way around a good book. Well she is no stranger to YA either and here she tells us about the ones that deserve some extra praise:

1.    Forgive me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
Leonard Peacock is seventeen and on the verge of doing something really, really terrible. You’ll find out pretty early on what he’s planning, but it involves a former best friend and something traumatizing that happened between them years ago. Leonard has been struggling with this event ever since, and we go through the day as he says his goodbyes to the few people in his life that meant something to him.

 2.    Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (see our posts)
This was part of my top 5 of the year months ago, and it still remains at the top of my top 10 list. Funny, heartfelt, and a little naughty, this really is the perfect dark teen comedy.

3.    If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Carey  has spent her entire life living in a camper deep in the woods with her drug addict mother and her sweet baby sister Jenessa, who stopped speaking after witnessing something terrible a year ago. At fourteen, Carey’s long-lost father has found her and taken the two of them out of the woods and into the real world. Carey and Jenessa must learn how to adjust to this new lifestyle, deal with the loss of their mother, and rethink everything they thought to be true.

4.    Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal (see our posts)

Jeremy Johnson Johnson, who has lived with the ghost of Jacob Grimm whispering in his ear his entire life, and the enigmatic Ginger Boltinghouse live in the sleepy town of Never Better. True to a real Grimm fairytale though, something ugly is lurking beneath this picturesque town.

5.    The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey (see our full review)

Four waves of destruction have left Cassie separated from her little brother and surviving on her own in what’s left of the world she knew. The 5th wave is just beginning, and now she must fulfill her promise to find her brother and save him from whatever terrible future awaits him. But should she trust the handsome, kind, and secretive Evan Walker to find him?

6.    The Runaway King by Jennifer Nielsen (see our full review)

The sequel to False Prince is just as action-packed and exciting as the first one, with plenty of twists and turns that will keep you (as it’s kept me) waiting for the final book in the Ascendance Trilogy.

7.    Firecracker by David Iserson (see our full review)

Astrid is a rich, beautiful, snobby smart aleck who can get away with anything. Or so she thought. Someone in her close circle of friends has betrayed her, getting her kicked out of the fancy Bristol Academy and landing her in—horror of horrors—public school. Astrid is determined to claw her way back to Bristol and seek revenge on whoever broke her trust.

8.    The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (see our posts)

The sequel to The Raven Boys is sultry and twisted, and delves even deeper into the mysterious thread linking Ronan, Gansey, Adam, Noah, and Blue to the magic of Cabeswater.

9.    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (see our full review)
I know it wasn’t published this year, but I read it—and fell in love with it—in 2013. A gorgeous and heartrending story of friendship and loyalty in World War II.
10. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (see our posts)

This book about teenagers falling in love will ring so true that it will kind of hurt, but in a good way.

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