Today’s post on my favourite books of the year is a Young Adult fest! I have read a lot of YA literature this year and I found it hard to pick my favourites, but these four made the grade…
Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher
Zoe has done something terrible but has got away with it. Desperate to get things off her chest, she writes to a prisoner on death row and tells him what she has done…
This book deals with serious issues with a really light touch, making the tone ideal for a teenage audience. The book is funny at times, and Zoe has a lovely relationship with her sisters which was very sweet. The book also has a good, dramatic ending and all in all is a great example of good YA literature.
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
Emily’s best friend Sloane has disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving nothing behind but a list of seemingly random tasks that Emily has to complete.
Lost without her friend, Emily sets about the tasks, and in doing so we find out a lot more about Emily and her friendship with Sloane.
I loved this sweet, original book, and this is probably the book that really got me into reading more YA literature and taking the genre seriously.
Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Apple’s life is turned upside-down when her mother turns up after many years’ absence. Add half-sister Rain into the equation and you know things aren’t going to be plain sailing for our narrator…
This is a sometimes sad story, with strong characters and a good plot. It’s probably more suitable for younger teens, but I still really enjoyed it.
The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss
Pearl hates her baby sister, who she calls The Rat. She is full of resentment for the baby as her mother died giving birth to her. Pearl now has to learn to deal with life without her mother, as well as a grieving father and a baby she can’t bear the sight of…
This novel takes place over a year and follows a girl who is coming to terms with a terrible tragedy. The characters aren’t perfect but that works really well here, and Pearl develops such a lot over the course of the year.