YAmondAY welcomes YA author (and blogger extraordinaire) Coleen Patrick! Coleen
writes contemporary Young Adult, and she’s currently finishing the last stage of edits
for her debut YA novel, COME BACK TO ME.
Here’s more, in her own words:
I love to read, I am on book number 63 for 2012 (thank you, Goodreads, for keeping tally). I love stories that make me laugh and/or cry, especially a story with normal characters and by that, I mean imperfect, struggling, and not quite yet aware of their own secret powers.
I think all three of the books below have that in common. Plus, they have an extra special something that just makes the stories stay with me.
“Unforgettable YA Books”
Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
Stolen is a story about 16-year old Gemma who finds herself in a shack in the Australian outback after being kidnapped from an airport by a crazy guy. It’s been at least two years since I read this book, but I can’t forget this story. At its heart, this story is about survival, but by far the most chilling and compelling part is how the author makes the reader experience Stockholm syndrome (capture bonding). I actually found myself sympathizing with Gemma’s captor, going so far as to begin considering him as a match for her. Stolen had me questioning myself, wondering how I would even consider such an outcome. It’s pure genius on the part of Lucy Christopher and a big part of why I can’t forget Stolen.
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
Revolution is both a contemporary and historical story, featuring a connection between two 17-year-old girls from different times, who are both struggling with tragedy, grief and guilt. I think I picked the book up because I like stories featuring the French Revolution, but ultimately loved it because of the strength of spirit in tragic times. It sounds heavy, but there is a love story, and music plays a big part—both in its power to heal and to transcend time. This story just stays with me, and the main character Andi says it all, “The world goes on, stupid and brutal, but I do not.”
Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The first in the Last Survivors Trilogy, this is a science fiction story about what happens to 16-year-old Miranda and her family after a meteor knocks the moon closer to the Earth. There is not only major climate change, but Miranda finds her life forever altered. Ever since I finished this book, I cannot reach into my pantry and pull out a canned food item (especially one that continually gets pushed to the back of my shelf), without wondering if maybe I will one day consider that not so appetizing can of mushrooms as a highlight of my day. This story is a reminder not to take even the simplest things for granted. But while Miranda deals with life as a teenager in an altered world, her story highlights that while we may shiver in the cold and shrink in famine, within us all is an awesome strength for survival.
Those sound like great reads! We all thank Coleen for these recommendations. What about you? Is there any YA novel that you find unforgettable? I’m very partial to “The Catcher In The Rye,” as cliché as it may sound. Please share!
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