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Thread: YA 'Must Reads' -- help needed!

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    Yay! More suggestions! Thanks, guys.

    And it's not too late -- there's still a month till I go away (I figured I'd need some time to actually acquire the recs.)
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    I only didn't mention Aristotle and Dante because I wasn't sure if it was YA or MG.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage View Post
    I only didn't mention Aristotle and Dante because I wasn't sure if it was YA or MG.
    I've heard it mentioned often enough that it's going on the list either way.
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    It's definitely YA, imo -- hits that 'experiencing something for the first time ever' core theme of YA perfectly. It's also fairly subtle in its portrayal of prejudice and mental health issues in a way that would be easier for an older audience to understand.

    This page also covers a lot regarding mentions of sex, drugs, and swearing (that I'd forgotten happened tbh).
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    My recs:

    Anything Rainbow Rowell

    Anything Maureen Johnson

    Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness (and they're making it a movie, so hurry up and read it first, haha!)

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    Andrew Smith!!!! Grasshopper Jungle, Winger, anything really...
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    Heather Demetrios--her books are great-- I'd suggest 'I'll meet you there' or 'Something Real'
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    Yay! More recs. Thanks, guys. Some of these are definitely going on my list.

    At this rate I'm going to need to book another holiday soon!
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    FROST by Marianna Baer. It's an older one but it's awesome, especially if you like the boarding school scene.
    WHEN by Victoria Laurie. I thought the idea of the story was a really cool one and she carried it out well.
    THE STRANGER GAME by Cylin Busby. It's a creepy story based on true events. Has a good twist at the end.

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    Trying not to duplicate...
    - Patrick Ness, THE REST OF US JUST LIVE HERE. Also A MONSTER CALLS, but it's shorter and I know you like longer stories... it's good, though.
    - Neil Gaiman, CORALINE and THE GRAVEYARD BOOK.
    - And if you don't finally read *something* by Terry Pratchett during this trip, you and I are going to have words. Since you're specifically looking for YA, I'll suggest A HAT FULL OF SKY THE WEE FREE MEN comes first, what the hell was I thinking?!?
    - Nancy Garden, ANNIE ON MY MIND. Def. a should-have-read for LGBTQ YA.
    - Eva Ibbotson... hard to pin down just one for this, I love all her books and they're definitely classics. My faves are the MG monstery-comedy ones, but I think... (spins roulette wheel)... JOURNEY TO THE RIVER SEA probably fits best into the YA should-have-read category. (I also strongly endorse THE STAR OF KAZAN, I've read it twice ).

    ETA: based on input received - non-YA Pratchett. Can start anywhere, really, but for you I'd probably prescribe either SMALL GODS or HOGFATHER (since it'll be close to Christmas).
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    Thanks again for all the recs, you wonderful people. I've managed to accumulate a fair few of them now (I found quite a number already hiding on my Kindle, which was rather convenient!).

    There's still a week before I leave, so if anyone has some last minute suggestions, I'm all ears.
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