Monday, May 13, 2013

Five notable YA books

Sophie McKenzie is the bestselling author of more than fifteen novels for children and teens in the UK, including the award winning Girl, Missing and Blood Ties. She has won numerous awards, was one of the first Richard and Judy children’s book club winners, and has twice been longlisted for the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Close My Eyes, McKenzie's first psychological thriller for adults, debuts in the US this summer.

At the Telegraph, McKenzie named five favorite Young Adult books that appeal to teenagers, including:
The Fault in our Stars by John Green

This book is a class act. Funny and poignant by turns, it tells the story of two teenagers with cancer and their experiences of being alive and being in love. I think Augustus’s declaration of love – “I know that love is just a shout into the void… and I am in love with you” is one of my favourite pieces of writing of the past few years.
Read about another book on McKenzie's list.

"[The Fault in our Stars] is just as incredible as everyone says. I say that not as an adult reading a YA book, either, but as a person reading a fantastic book, period," writes Kimberly McCreight. "The Fault in our Stars is truly one of the best books I’ve read in a very long time, maybe ever. The characters are so nuanced and yet so utterly relatable and the writing is subtle and lovely."

--Marshal Zeringue