Now that my dreaded reading slump seems to have abated my TBR list seems to be growing at an alarming rate. There’s plenty of crime on my reading wish list and there is also (of course) chick lit in abundance, but there is also a noticeable amount of young adult books that I realty want to add to my Amazon basket. Since starting blogging I have become a die-hard reader of YA, but after my reading drought over the past few months I feel as though I haven’t read any YA in ages. Definitely time to change that. Here are some of the YA titles, old and new, that I’m most looking forward to reading over the next few months:
Instructions for a Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray
Jonny has a faulty heart and his time is running out. Niamh has just lost her twin brother in a tragic accident. As their fates collide, soon Jonny is on the mend – but desperate to know more about his donor. When he tracks down Niamh, he only intends to find out about her brother, the first owner of his heart. He doesn’t plan on falling in love…
A stunning, tear-jerking novel about grief, guilt, and the unpredictability of love.
True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan
If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student, and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy.
But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world—letters he never intends to send—he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s his friend, a boy, who lingers in his thoughts.
James’s secret letters are his safe space—but his truth can’t stay hidden for long. Will he come clean to his parents, his teammates, and himself, or is he destined to live a life of fiction?
This heartfelt debut novel explores the muddy landscape of truth and lies and lays bare the sometimes painful but often hopeful work of writing one’s own authentic story.
Dreamology by Lucy Keating
For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together, they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams and only her dreams. Because he doesn t exist.
But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. Real Max is nothing like Dream Max. He s stubborn and complicated. And he has a whole life Alice isn t a part of. Getting to know each other in reality isn t as perfect as Alice always hoped.
Alarmingly, when their dreams start to bleed into their waking hours, the pair realize that they might have to put an end to a lifetime of dreaming about each other. But when you fall in love in your dreams, can reality ever be enough?
The French Impressionist by Rebecca Bischoff
Rosemary is fifteen and gloriously free, on her own for the very first time. Part of an exchange program for aspiring artists, she arrives in southern France with one goal: she doesn’t plan to leave, ever. She wants a new life and a new identity. But her situation, crafted from lies big and small, is precarious. As Rosemary struggles to hide her lack of artistic talent and obvious communication disorder from her new family, she must ultimately choose whether or not she’ll tell the biggest lie of all, even if it means destroying the life of someone she cares about.
Have you read any good YA lately? Let me know your recommendations!