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What's Buzzworthy? Young Adult Novels

What's Buzzworthy? Young Adult Novels

What with the CW's "Gossip Girl" and the recent announcement of the film adaptation of Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (starring Michael Cera!), lately I've been thinking about those books that are technically for young adults, but are fantastic reads for adults as well. As an adult, I have found some real gems on the YA shelves, like Stargirl and Holes.

For this week's Buzzworthy challenge, tell me: What young adult novels do you think nobody should miss, regardless of age? Just use Buzzsugar's cool bookmarking tool to bookmark your favorite YA novels online and tag them with the phrase young adult novels. I'll post some readers' picks here next week.

You can also now make a list of your picks. Here are mine:

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Girl000000X Girl000000X 9 years
I really like Unwind by Neal Shusterman. It has alot of suspense and makes you challenge what you believe in. Its about this sociey where unwanted children can be unwound, or be broken apart so parts of their bodies could be used for transplants. I know it sounds creepy (I always loved that kind of thing, and I love horror stories) but anyone who gives it a chance will love it!!!
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 9 years
I used to read books by Francesca Lia Block. They are all about faeries and young girls learning to be themselves. Really cool stuff. Violet & Claire is probably the best by her.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
UGLIES:Scott Westerfeld. Which now has 4 books to the series. Its YA book, but i loved it. Its supposed to become a movie sometime in the future. Plot Outline:Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties." Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks. But Shay also disdains the false values and programmed conformity of the society and urges Tally to defect with her to the Smoke, a distant settlement of simple-living conscientious objectors. Tally declines, yet when Shay is found missing by the authorities, Tally is coerced by the cruel Dr. Cable to find her and her compatriots–or remain forever "ugly." Tally's adventuresome spirit helps her locate Shay and the Smoke. It also attracts the eye of David, the aptly named youthful rebel leader to whose attentions Tally warms. However, she knows she is living a lie, for she is a spy who wears an eye-activated locator pendant that threatens to blow the rebels' cover. Ethical concerns will provide a good source of discussion as honesty, justice, and free will are all oppressed in this well-conceived dystopia. Characterization, which flirts so openly with the importance of teen self-concept, is strong, and although lengthy, the novel is highly readable with a convincing plot that incorporates futuristic technologies and a disturbing commentary on our current public policies
smart-blonde smart-blonde 9 years
This is the perfect challenge for me, because I'm a YA librarian! But I'll do the making-a-list thing instead of making an insanely long comment here. (liked Stargirl, hated Twilight, loved Holes, loved Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, liked the Gossip Girl series, hated His Dark Materials)
demeter demeter 9 years
I hated Stargirl but I love Holes! Everyone should check out Hoot by Carl Hiaasen instead. It's better than Stargirl and the movie.
angelcakesugar angelcakesugar 9 years
penguins268- There's another Meg Cabot book series that I read that starts with Size 12 isn't Fat. Its about a Britney type ex pop star whose weight gain and public breakup with her equally famous boyfriend send her back to college. And she solves mysteries. That's my favorite of Meg's books. Although depending on your bookstore or library it could be considered Young Adult or regular Fiction. I like the A-List series by Zoey Dean. Its similar to Gossip Girl but on the West Coast. Children of movie stars and hollywood bigwigs. I kind of wish that CW or another network would turn this into a companion series to Gossip Girl.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
I added a few, but wanted to also point out this website:
Daisie Daisie 9 years
Great challenge! Sometimes we forget that there are great books in the teen section. =)
Emiily Emiily 9 years
Twilight is good, the other two are not as good. Nick & Norah is good too. Speak is good. I really really liked it. &...let me think... nevermind. I can't think. : x I can't concentrate because this house is so loud!
theironist theironist 9 years
Twilight, New Moon and Eclipse for sure!!! Stephanie Meyer writes one of my favourite first person narratives.
penguins268 penguins268 9 years
I love Meg Cabot--All American Girl (the first one only--I didn't really like the second one) and The Princess Diaries are so cute and funny.
BShax BShax 9 years
Story Of A Girl by Sara Zarr. MUST READ for anyone. Any age.
laimar laimar 9 years
oooo! Twilight is good :D
tiabia tiabia 9 years
This is completely off subject, but MTV is showing the first 3 episodes of Gossip Girl starting at 2 pm EST!!! I've never actually watched the show, but with all the good reviews it's giving...I'm going to give it go!!!
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
Philip Pullman's novels are pacy, atmospheric and strangely moving, you could choose from his Dickensian dramas such as The Ruby & The Smoke or go straight into his masterwork, the three novels that make up "His Dark Materials." This is the epic story of Lyra, a 12 year old girl and her battle against organised religion in the form of the magisterium, it is being turned into a trilogy of movies.
Neural Neural 9 years
I hope to write a YA novel some day. :)
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