Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Counting Down to 2015: Teen Reviewer Neeka’s Top Ten of 2014

Teen reviewer Neeka combines her top 10 with a handy gift guide for all your holiday shopping needs:
 

In the spirit of the holidays, I’m going to be adding who each book would be a good gift for.

1: Firecracker by David Iserson (see our full review) is something I picked up the other day and could not stop reading! Astrid Krieger is a rich girl accustomed to expensive boarding schools, but because of her notorious rebellious reputation, she must go to public school. There she meets Noah, and plenty of tragicomedy ensues. This book is perfect for the teenage girl in your life.

2: The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen is more serious than Susin Nielsen’s other books, but Henry’s believable and broken life is—dare I say my favorite of her novels! After his brother’s suicide, Henry writes a journal, as prompted by his therapist. Get this book for troubled but sensitive boys.

3: A Long Day’s Journey into Night is a Pulitzer-Prize winning play by Eugene O’Niell. Though this play is for adults, the complicated family tension shown within is something teenagers can enjoy. At the Tyrones’ summer house in 1912, life is anything besides happy, but the result is one amazing play. Give to the aspiring philosophers, drama geeks(like myself), and cynics around you. 

4: My True Love Gave to Me (see our full review) is an anthology of holiday-themed stories edited by Stephanie Perkins. The twelve stories in the anthology are so diverse that just about any teen can relate to them. Gift this book to teens who love romance and holiday cheer.

5: Let it Snow (see all our posts)is by three of the most prominent YA authors around: John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. The three short stories in the novel are perfect for getting in the spirit of the holiday season. Give this book to your best friend!

6: Anything Goes: A History of American Musical Theatre by Ethan Mordden may not sound like the most relaxing read for winter break, but if you’re into musicals, this is a must-read. The author’s sarcastic commentary makes the book quite enjoyable while remaining informative. Give to those who know nothing or everything about musicals.

7: After the history book you just read, you may want something a bit lighter. That’s where Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel comes in. Echo is recovering from her sister’s death when Zoe’s diary is discovered. This story is heartwarming and heartbreaking. Give to any person you have a close bond with.

8: The Unidentified by Rae Mariz is an excellent dystopian book. Think Hunger Games with a new twist. Give to your favorite anarchist. 

9: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige is a very unique spin on The Wizard of Oz. Give to those with a darker worldview.

10: And finally, I’m recommending Harry Potter by JK Rowling (see ALL our posts). I’m absolutely sure that you know the tale, but rereading is one of the most fun things you can to this holiday season. Go ahead, relive the whole series. 

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