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Monday, October 15, 2012

YA Home Run Authors: Julie's Weekly Review

This week I've asked the Perfect 10 Teen Panel to help with the theme because it involves a lot of book titles.

DEFINITION OF A YA HOME RUN AUTHOR: (I made this term up, btw) A YA author who you've read at least 4 books from and loved at least 4 books. Get it? Home Run...it means tagging 4 bases...and sometimes has nothing to do with baseball...lol.

Sometimes readers go in search of a new author, not just a new favorite book and I think these suggestions will be quite helpful to those readers.

So here are the Perfect 10 and guest members Home Run Authors:


TIFFANY KING
 
Favorite 4 Titles: Unlikely Allies, Wishing For Someday Soon, Forever Changed, Meant to Be
 
"Tiffany King's books vary from emotionally evocative contemporaries to suspenseful paranormal ones."--Zareen, age 17, California






ALYSON NOEL

Fav. 4 Titles: The Immortals Series - Evermore, Blue Moon, Shadowland, Dark Flame, Night Star and Everlasting

"Alyson noel's books are amazingly written and you experience everything the characters are going through , love ,hatred jealousy and you will love every second of it . "--Holly, age 16, UK




JENNIFER ECHOLS

Favorite 4 Titles: Going Too Far, Such a Rush, Forget You, Major Crush

"Jennifer Echols writes both YA dramas, as well as YA romantic comedies and both are equally as awesome. They are edgy and real with characters that are so easy to connect with. Paired with her gorgeous prose, her books are always an absolute win."--Erica, age 19, Wisconsin 




RICHELLE MEAD


Favorite 4 Titles: Vampire Academy, Frostbite, Blood Promise, and Last Sacrifice. 
 
"These books are all about love, friendship, and sacrifice. If you have a soft spot for the paranormal genre (like me) and want to read books that are well written then this series is perfect for you."--Hannah, age 15, Ohio



JULIE'S TOP 5 YA HOME RUN AUTHORS
 
SIMONE ELKELES
 Favorite 4 Titles: How To Ruin Your Boyfriend's Reputation, Leaving Paradise, How To Ruin Your Summer Vacation, Perfect Chemistry

JULIE'S THOUGHTS: The how to ruin series is just fun and fall over funny. Perfect Chemistry has humor and emotion but all Simone's books are realistic teen fiction and have very unique elements of diversity for the YA genre and I just love reading her work.




COURTNEY SUMMERS
Favorite 4 Titles: Cracked Up To Be, Some Girls Are, Fall For Anything, This Is Not A Test.

JULIE'S THOUGHTS: Courtney Summers is one of my favorite YA authors...her books are so raw and honest and the voice just radiates off the page. Except for This Is Not A Test, her novels are contemporary, realistic teen fiction. However her zombie novel has the feel of a contemporary and that makes it even more creepy and awesome.

CAROLYN MACKLER
Favorite 4 Titles: Tangled, The Future Of Us, Vegan Virgin Valentine, The Earth My Butt and Other Big Round Things

JULIE'S THOUGHTS: Carolyn Mackler has a brilliant way of taking an ordinary teenage experience and making it dramatic, unique and important. Her voice is always spot on, the dialogue is probably the best part and I'm always laughing while reading her books yet they are full of emotion. I just love following her characters and seeing where the story takes them.


TAMMARA WEBBER
Favorite 4 Titles: Between The Lines, Where You Are, Good For You, Easy
 
JULIE'S THOUGHTS: The Between The Lines Series is so much fun because it revolves around teen movie star characters and a few up and coming stars and then some ordinary people thrown into the mix. Easy is the book I think every older teen should read. It's important and very informative as well as uplifting. After reading Tammara's first book well over a year ago, I can now just sit back and relax, knowing she's going to take the characters and story to a place I'll be satisfied with. I also love YA books that boarder that "New Adult" line and all her books fit into this category.

JOHN GREEN
Favorite 4 Titles: The Fault In Our Stars, Paper Towns, Looking For Alaska, An Abundance Of Katherines

JULIE'S THOUGHTS: John Green writes intelligent quirky characters that get themselves into some very odd situations and have incredibly unique perspectives on life and yet they tackle, within the pages of each story, all of the unavoidable elements of adolescents proving that there's no way around being a teenager, the only path is straight through it.




So who is your favorite YA Home Run Author?

5 comments:

  1. So many amazing Home Run YA Authors...I'd add Libba Bray, Maggie Stiefvater and the home run queen (IMO), Laurie Halse Anderson.

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    1. I would have totally put Maggie S. on my list but I need to read one more book by her to qualify. I've read (and Looooove the Shiver series).

      Great Suggestions!

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  2. As I may have mentioned in past comments, I don't read much YA myself but I'm always interested in what's good because I have grandkids that do. Are all the members of your teen panel girls? It would be great to get a male perspective when hunting for books for the grandsons.

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    1. We've had boys in and out of the group at various times. And holy cow would I love to have some more teen/college aged boy insight! If you guys are reading this and want to join the Perfect 10 or just contribute, email me! We need you :)

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  3. HANDS DOWN --LAUREN KATE. Completely agree with you Julie, JOHN GREEN! *nods* *high five* to Holly and Hannah for picking Alyson Noel and Richelle Mead! :) I haven't read any of the others books but they look awesome.

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