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  1. Debra Kristi
    28 August, 2012 @ 5:44 am

    Thank you for having me, Fabio!

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  2. Fabio Bueno
    28 August, 2012 @ 7:59 am

    Thank you for accepting the invitation, Debra! I’ve read Thirteen Reasons Why and loved it. It’s a superb book, in my opinion. Adding the others to my tbr list on Goodreads 🙂

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  3. Emma Meade
    28 August, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    IF I Stay sounds great.

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    • Fabio Bueno
      28 August, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

      Doesn’t it? Won’t be able to get to it for a couple of months due to a long to-be-read list, though…
      Thanks for stopping by, Emma!

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  4. susielindau
    28 August, 2012 @ 9:09 am

    Love the book jackets and the reviews! Ya mon!

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    • Fabio Bueno
      28 August, 2012 @ 9:01 pm

      Good point, Susie; even the covers look great!

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  5. Ginger Calem
    28 August, 2012 @ 9:36 am

    Ok, I can already tell that this YAmondAY going to going to overload my TBR list of books. Such great picks, Debra.

    Fabio, site looks fab. Love your banner and off to sign up for everything so I don’t miss a thing! 🙂

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    • Debra Kristi
      28 August, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Ginger. These YAmondAYs sure do pile on to our TBR lists, don’t they?

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    • Fabio Bueno
      28 August, 2012 @ 9:00 pm

      I have to re-think YAmondAY, because every week my TBR pile grows 🙂
      Glad you liked the site, Ginger!

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  6. Coleen Patrick
    28 August, 2012 @ 3:04 pm

    I love all of these books too Debra! The Hate List by Jennifer Brown is another YA story that deals with a lot of difficult emotions.
    Fabio, your site looks great!

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    • Fabio Bueno
      28 August, 2012 @ 8:59 pm

      Thanks, Coleen! Not a bad website design–for an author, I mean 😉

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  7. Kourtney
    29 August, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    Loved Thirteen Reasons Why. If I Stay was a great read as well. I wasn’t as into the follow up to that thought. I recently read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars and Chris Crutcher’s Deadline–also amazing realistic fiction reads. 🙂

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    • Fabio Bueno
      29 August, 2012 @ 5:00 pm

      I love, love John Green’s books! I went to the release of “The Fault In Our Stars” in Seatlle, and the line went around the block. He’s a rock star in so many ways 🙂 Thanks for dropping by, Kourtney!

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  8. Angela Orlowski-Peart
    29 August, 2012 @ 11:11 am

    So good to see you, Debra! We have similar taste in books. I very much enjoyed Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and If I Stay by Gayle Formen. Thirteen Reasons by Jay Asher is already on my TBR list 🙂

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    • Debra Kristi
      31 August, 2012 @ 4:36 pm

      Good to see you, too! Love to hear your thoughts when you finish Thirteen Reasons. No hurry.

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  9. Reetta Raitanen
    29 August, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    Thank you for these great recommendations, Debra. My YA reads have been mostly fantasy or paranormal so I’m happy to add something more contemporary to my TBR list.

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    • Fabio Bueno
      29 August, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

      I’m with you, Reetta. My list has so many fantasy/UF books. It’s refreshing to get some realistic YA in there 🙂

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    • Debra Kristi
      31 August, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

      Same here – most of the time. But it’s good to expand one’s horizons. I played the avoidance card for a long time. I think familiarizing yourself with this stuff (especially if you don’t have actual experience) helps you as a writer. 🙂

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  10. Karen McFarland
    29 August, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    “Let’s get real in a hard and ugly way”

    Okay Debra, your tough. He, he, he. A very interesting pick of YA books. Death seems to be the theme here. Are these books gonna make me cry? 🙂

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  11. Lynn Kelley
    29 August, 2012 @ 6:54 pm

    Wow, great picks, Debra. I’ve read The Truth About Forever (so sorry you were that girl who watched your father’s death). It’s a good read, for sure. I also read Thirteen Reason’s. ‘Gut wrenching’ sums it up perfectly. I definitely recommend this book.

    The other two books sound great. I’ll have to put them on my TBR list.

    Here are two more YA books I’d recommend, both by my blogger buddy C. Lee McKenzie:

    Sliding on the Edge – A compelling read about Shawna Stone, a teen who cuts herself to deal with the pain of living in squalor with an alcoholic mother. She wakes up one morning to discover her mother has left with the new boyfriend. All she left for Shawna is the phone number of a grandmother she’s never known. She must decide whether to fend for herself on the streets of Las Vegas or go live with the grandmother on a horse ranch out in the middle of nowhere.

    The Princess of Las Pulgas – I really LOVE this book. Here’s part of the inside flap: “After her slow death from cancer, Carlie’s mother is forced to sell their cherished oceanfront home and move the family to the other side of the tracks–to dreaded Las Pulgas. At her tough new urban high school, Carlie is nicknamed ‘Princess’ because of her aloof attitude. But what her classmates don’t know is that Carlie isn’t aloof; she’s in mourning for her father and almost everything else that mattered to her.”
    This is a story I’ll never forget. I love how Carlie’s father’s voice speaks to her throughout, from advice he’d given her while he was alive. C. Lee McKenzie nails a teen angst and mourning, not to mention the difficulties of changing high schools, plus going from having everything to having nothing. Very well written.

    Fabio, your new blog looks great. I think your YAmondAY series rocks! Am signing up to follow your new blog and your newsletter. Go Fabio go!

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    • Debra Kristi
      31 August, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

      Lynn, adding that last one to my TBR. I know that one is going to be a tear jerker, but it’s a must. It sounds amazing! Thank you.

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      • Lynn Kelley
        6 September, 2012 @ 9:10 am

        Thanks, Debra. I think you’ll be able to relate to it since you experienced the same thing. I can’t imagine a teen dealing with all those emotions.

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  12. C. Lee McKenzie
    10 September, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    Couldn’t believe it when I read this post. All the books you recommended, Debra, are great reads for realistic contemporary YA. Good choices indeed. And I understand why you had to shy away from them.

    Then I almost fell over when I saw what Lynn K. had written. Thanks for the comment about my books. I really appreciate the shout outs.

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