The radiant Julie Glover is our guest on YAmondAY today! Julie is a writer (and reader!) of YA Contemporary novels, and she shares with us some of her faves. Keep an eye out for her upcoming novel, SHARING HUNTER.
While I enjoy reading paranormal and historical and science-fiction and romance YA, I find myself drawn to write young adult contemporary. Perhaps it’s because I remember the impact of novels I read as a teen by authors like Judy Blume and S.E. Hinton.
I picked out a few YA contemporary books I’ve read in the last few years that focus on the significance on young lives of writing—poetry, literature, and letters.
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. Ah, poetry. I owe Erin Brambilla for suggesting this read, which I relished. Lennie is a 17-year-old who only knows the role of younger sister to Bailey. When Bailey suddenly dies, Lennie is thrust into a confusing year of grief and reconfiguring her identity. She must balance her pain with the daily demands of school and two guys—one who links her to her sister and one who challenges her to let go. Throughout the novel, Lennie writes verse to express how she feels.
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar. I owe a thank-you note to David Lubar for introducing me to Tom Swifties (a wonderful word game that you can learn about on my blog). However, what compelled me more was the story of a freshman guy who feels, like many of us did, awkward and unsure of himself. Scott Hudson’s family is changing, his friendships are changing, his interests are changing, and his hormones are raging. Lubar weaves humor and literature references throughout this coming-of-age story. A perfect read for bookworms and language lovers.
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson. I read an earlier novel from Maureen Johnson, and frankly that story didn’t stick with me. But by the time she wrote 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen could weave a beautiful tale that kept me intrigued. Seventeen-year-old Ginny is left thirteen envelopes by her eccentric aunt, each to be opened in turn as she journeys through Europe retracing her aunt’s steps. Along the way, Ginny learns about traveling, joy and disappointment, a hidden side of her aunt, young love, and herself. The scenery of the towns and people she encounters is described with vivid detail, making the reader feel like she is along for the journey. There is also a sequel to this novel, The Last Little Blue Envelope.
As for my own young adult contemporary, I’m currently hip-deep in edits for SHARING HUNTER. I will be querying the novel when finished.
Some girlfriends share everything. Why not a boyfriend? Best friends Chloe and Rachel try it out with Hunter, the most desirable senior guy. Through this unconventional relationship, they discover what friends can and cannot share.
As a city girl from the Lone Star State, Julie Glover owns both go-go boots and cowboy boots; has been to Broadway shows and rodeos; enjoys chateaubriand and rattlesnake sausage; and likes Led Zeppelin and Rascal Flatts. When she isn’t daydreaming about a personal chef or wrestling the family’s laundry, Julie pens mysteries and young adult fiction.