These are my favorite five young adult books I reviewed this year. They are listed in no particular order. Click on the title to go to the review.
Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth.
Both the major characters are engaging, complex, and selfless. I read this book in one night as I could not put it down. I loved both Justine and Perry. Both have big hearts, protective natures, a sense of humor, and courage.
Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner.
Zentner understands survivor’s guilt at the deepest level. This is a story about the tragic deaths of three teenagers and the impact it has on the fourth friend and their families.
Trell by Dick Lehr.
This young adult book is told from the viewpoint of a 13-year-old girl named Van Trell Taylor whose father, Romero, is in prison. She was a baby when he was convicted of the murder of a 13-year-old girl in a gang/drug related crime where someone else was the target. Trell’s mother, Shey, is confident that, even though her husband was a drug dealer and petty criminal, he was not capable of murdering anyone. Trell enlists the aid of a new lawyer and burned out journalist to find the truth about her father.
Optimists Die First – Life Ahead: Proceed with Caution by Susin Nielsen.
17-year-old Petula De Wilde is plagued with guilt over her accidental contribution to her baby sister’s death. In addition, she has become obsessed with the idea that anything less than constant vigilance can result in tragedy, leaving her parents with no children at all. As a result, she will not shake hands, walk anywhere near construction sites, get in elevators, or do anything that remotely endangers her safety.
Avians by Timothy Gwyn.
Timothy Gwyn has built a fascinating and completely believable world in his first 416 page young adult science-fiction novel. His expertise with flying gives authenticity to the events without overwhelming the reader with technical jargon. Girls whose lives are miserable may be able to escape by joining the avians, an aeronautical group of young women fiercely loyal to each other and in love with flying glider planes used for commercial delivery and rescue missions.
Monday – Favorite adult book
Tuesday – Five Favorite Young Adult Books
Wednesday – Five Favorite Middle Grade Books
Thursday – Seven Favorite Nonfiction Picture Books
Friday – Fifteen Favorite Fiction Picture Books