Weekend Reading: YA Edition
Because maybe you just finished school for the year and aren’t quite ready to crack open Ulysses.
Every Day - David Levithan
Every Day is a heartbreaking love story about a young person with no physical body, but with an autonomous sense of self that transcends corporeality. When “A” falls in love, the impermanence with which they had formerly lived their life takes on a desperate new edge. This book is perfect for anyone who has ever questioned their identity. So, basically everyone.
Paper Valentine - Brenna Yovanoff
This is a chilling mystery perfect for the Valentine’s Day lover. In this book the term “bloody valentine” is absolutely literal. There is a killer on the loose in a small, sleepy town in Indiana, and his targets are pretty young girls. Literally haunted by the ghost of her best friend, Hannah gets wrapped up in an obsession to find the killer while also pursuing a Valentine of her own. While dealing with coming of age issues such as eating disorders, the foster care system, popularity and perfection, Yovanoff spins a smart and intricate web of lies and clues. If you are looking for a fun, scary and romantic read, Paper Valentine is it.
Railsea - China Mieville
Railsea is a tremendous feat of imagination. Bleak, without being dystopian, Railsea re-situates the Moby Dick mythology in a world where trains ply the soft earth and humans live safely on the “hardland.” Though the story is technically YA, it is nonetheless a richly detailed, creative and challenging work of science fiction.