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What's Buzzworthy: Young Adult Novels

What's Buzzworthy: Young Adult Novels

Many thanks to all of you who participated in this week's Buzzworthy challenge to bookmark your favorite young adult novels! I now have a super long list of titles I can turn to when I need that special brand of teen angst, raw emotion and fluttery first love that always manages to comfort me and cut me to the quick at the same time.

Most notably, it looks like our resident YA librarian, smart blonde is the lady to ask for YA novel suggestions! Each of the titles she bookmarked looks intriguing and I can't wait to put her advice to good use.

I've picked out some titles to highlight below, but be sure to check out all the suggestions in the widget after the jump. They're all worth adding to your "to-read" list!

His Dark Materials
This trilogy includes the book on which the upcoming movie The Golden Compass is based, and several Buzz readers recommend folks read these books. scorpstar77 writes, "They are so much deeper than your standard kids fantasy books — inventing an unusually creative and incredible world that is the setting for a deep and thoughtful story." DCStar also bookmarked the trilogy and menthaddict bookmarked The Golden Compass.

Twilight
Yikes! I guess I should be reading these Twilight books! Bookmarked by menthaddict, mabess, DCStar and sweetpeabrina, apparently "you'll be turning pages until your arm sags" (says menthaddict).

Many more young adult novel suggestions if you

Uglies
At least one if not all three of these Scott Westerfeld novels were chosen by scorpstar77, sweetpeabrina and Daisie who writes, "These are quick and engaging reads from Westerfeld. While the target is teens, as an adult I enjoyed them for both the imagery and the lessons they teach...These books are sure to please Sugar readers!"

Dramarama
All of smart blonde's suggestions look excellent, though this one really caught my eye, for some reason. smart blonde writes "There's both substance AND style here, and the message that you might not be good at what you set out to do, but that discovery might lead to something even better."

Children of the River
FabKitty describes her pick as "A touching romance about a refugee from the bloodthirsty Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia who falls in love with an American boy."

Making Out #1: Zooey Fools Around
The Making Out series was bookmarked by Phasekitty who writes "If you're a fan of Gossip Girl and other melodramatic teens with complicated love lives, these books are definitely worth a look!"

I Was a Teenage Fairy
I will definitely check out this book because a) this title is amazing, and b) it's recommended by tdamji, whose taste I trust! She writes, "This novel is the epitome of magic-realism, in which Barbie meets a fairy named Mab. This is a delightful tale for young and old alike that will put a smile on anyone's face."

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mellafe mellafe 8 years
I'm reading "His Dark materials" now and I really like it so far. Twilight is the cheesiest, most terribly written book I have EVER read. It made me roll my eyes in almost every single page, sugar coming out from everywhere. WORST BOOK EVER.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I read the Twilight series. Horrible. Horrible Dull, cliche crap
smart-blonde smart-blonde 8 years
Thanks so much for your kind words, BuzzSugar. I truly love my job and feel lucky to be in this field in a time when so many great YA novels are being published. I'll continue to add good YA as I find links for it :) I know about all the books in the comments but chose not to bookmark them for various reasons. For example, I greatly disliked Twilight and its subsequent novels. I also know that most people who don't know anything about YA literature have at least heard of The Outsiders, Gossip Girl, and His Dark Materials, and Speak has gained a large audience since its publication in 1999. Fantasy in general is getting a ton of press because of Harry Potter, but I prefer realistic fiction and wanted to share some of my newest favorites in that subgenre. Girlnone, you may notice that I bookmarked the Bartimaeus Trilogy and believe that Jonathan Stroud is one of the most talented authors writing YA today. And lucy76, there was no way I could have any kind of quality list without The Book Thief! What a phenomenal work.
wickedk8 wickedk8 8 years
Elsewhere is REALLY good. I read it over the summer not realizing that it was a YA book.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
The Philip Pullman series is so amazing! I can't wait for the first movie to come out!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
I second Static Chemisty's recommendation about Speak and agree with others who recommended Francesca Lia Block books. I meant to bookmark these last week, but forgot. Great list, everyone!
mmmarshall12 mmmarshall12 8 years
OMG The Twilight Books are soooo good!! Don't let the Vampire/ Werewolf detour you from reading these books.
Static-Chemisty Static-Chemisty 8 years
you know what is another really good teenage novel..SPEAK. I read it in highschool. In highschool they make you read books and take test on them. Well I had to ever since I was in elementry school. Alot of the books use to be very hard to get into and boring. But now they have a whole bunch of good books.
roxy-girl roxy-girl 8 years
I LOVE LOVE the Twlight series....All I can say is Edward!!
potterlove potterlove 8 years
TWILIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rocks my socks everyone! I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good read and vampires! Just one of the top best vamp lit ever! ;)
madbain madbain 8 years
Just read the rest of the list: Francesca Lia Block is AMAZING. All of her books have the most wonderful narrative voice. The Ugly series is truly addictive. This is really a great list.
madbain madbain 8 years
I read all three of the twilight series in one sitting each. I absolutly love them!
vanillabeans vanillabeans 8 years
I agree with JessNess aside from the Golden Compass. The Sabriel serries is one of my favoraite books. Also recommend Enders Game.
lucy76 lucy76 8 years
Decent List, but you're missing some REALLY GREAT books: 1. The Outsiders - a classic! 2. The Inkheart series by Cornelia Funke (you could add The Thief Lord to the list too) 3. The City of Ember series by Jeanne Dupreau 4. The Lightning Thief Series by Rick Riordan - a must for anyone that liked Greek Myths 5. The Sisters Grimm series - by Michael Buckley - a wonderful modern update on the world of fairytales. 6. The Book Thief - an amazing piece of historical fiction 7. The Star of Kazan by Eva Ibbotson
emalove emalove 8 years
The Outsiders should most def. be on that list!!!
annietym annietym 8 years
god, i just discovered the BSC blog thanks to popsugar, so i highly recommend the baby-sitters clubs books for a good laugh.
menthadict menthadict 8 years
I love SO many of these books. I should have bookmarked The Book Thief- AMAZING. The JEssica Darlings series is amazing as well (so is the author!) KUDOS to whomever picked lord of the flies. now that book is deep.
CocoChic CocoChic 8 years
I think Number the Stars should be up there! That book was able to bring the esscence of the Holocost to a kid. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is also a great WWII book about a kid.
Adrianne Adrianne 8 years
I read I Was A Teenage Fairy when I was younger...although I can't remember what is all about. :( I remember liking it though! :D
girlnone girlnone 8 years
I agree with JessNess; Sabriel, Lirael, and Abhorsen are amazing fantasy novels. Another great series is Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy. I met Stroud a few years ago, and a kinder, more genuinely enthusiastic author I have yet to meet. (Garth Nix, on the other hand, was kind of a jerk.) The first time I read Twilight I couldn't put it down. I reread the first two books when Eclipse came out in August, and I have to say I was a little put off by the heavy-handed "premarital sex equals death and damnation" theme. Stephanie Meyer is a Mormon, and I think her beliefs make themselves very apparent in her books. Also recommended: Philip Reeve's The Hungry City Chronicles (They're set in a dystopian future where cities move around like giant tanks) Skullduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy (Awesomely bizarre and Lovecraftian book about a snazzily-dressed crime fighting skeleton)
JessNess JessNess 8 years
wow my comment was messy Buzz if you ever consider reading Lireal and Abhorsen you will definitely need to read the first one Sabriel which I believe is the best book of the series
JessNess JessNess 8 years
There are a lot of book here that I read over and over and over growing up I Was A Teenage Fairy- read religiously (didnt really like her other books though) Sabriel (not mentioned but is first in series), Lireal, Abhorsen- Another series that I LOVED and read repeatedly Island of Blue Dolphins was my favorite book in elementary as well as Ella Enchanted(100000000000000x better than that piece of crap movie) The Giver was like THE book to read when I was in 3rd grade. I just read Catcher in the Rye for the first time
Mokona Mokona 8 years
Definitely second ohbaby7's recommendation! That was a great series. Glad to see I'm not the only one reading YA books. I feel a little dorky, but there are a lot of great (and well written) series out there. I also like the "Pretty Little Liars" series by Sara Shepard.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
sloppy firsts, second helpings, charmed thirds and fouth comings by megan mccafferty are the BEST. i love them with all of my heart
iluvcookies216 iluvcookies216 8 years
just about all of my friends and i ADORE twilight. i have no idea how to bookmark but could someone add 'A Great and Terrible Beauty' and 'Rebel Angels' by Libba Bray. The author came to speak at our school (our book club members were big big fans) and she's coming out with the third one in the next year. Also 'The Tree Shepherd's Daughter' is a great start to a trilogy. I'm eagerly awaiting the next books. Umm... umm, what else? OH! 'Once Bitten, Twice Shy' is another good vampire novel. Not sure if it has been distributed in stores yet, but it's a good quick read none the less.
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