Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Top 10 Books That Would Be On My Contemporary YA Fiction Syllabus

Top Ten Books That Would Be On My 
Contemporary YA Fiction Syllabus
(Feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish)

I pity the students that would end up in my class.  There would inevitably be singing and dancing, several awkward moments, and tangent discussions on Doctor Who and Harry Potter.  Because, if I'm being honest with you, those two topics come up a LOT in my conversations.  Usually it's my fault.  Sometimes it's not (GPL staff members... :) This list is kind of tricky, to be honest.  At least from the perspective of a librarian.  There are books that I book talk every single day, but I wouldn't include them on the list.  It becomes a conversation of quality over popularity, and just for good measure, I'd have to bring up the always entertaining dialogue about why we read and what makes a book important.

But I'll give this a whirl anyway.  Why not?  It could be fun!

Here are the my top ten contemporary YA fiction reads for my imaginary class that everyone would pass  as longs as they showed up having read the materials.  They were selected (in no particular order) because of the interesting conversation that would ensue about portrayal of teens, romance, friendship, sexuality, cultural identity, loss, mental health, and feminism.

What's on your list?

1)  How to Say Goodbye in Robot by Natalie Stanford 

2) The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

3) I Hunt Killer by Barry Lyga

4) The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

5) Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

6) Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

7) Looking for Alaska by John Green

8) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

9) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

10) Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

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