It's been a while since I wrote about my favorite reads, so today I want to tell you which YA books I'd take with me to a desert island. Some of these were big hits and some and underdogs but they're ALL FABULOUS! In each case the incredible writing drew me in. And--bonus--they're all romantic.
Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley. This Australian gem won award after award in Australia but is underappreciated in the states. It's artsy and romantic and just plain great.
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. This one was on all the "best of" lists for 2014, so I read it early this year. And...wow! So good. The writing is just killer. I could just roll around in this book's prose.
Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick. Gah, Tim! You scene-stealer from the last book! I love you. And how does Ms. Fitzpatrick put young children into these books without every stepping over the too-cute-for-believability line? She's genius.
What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton. This is such a powerful book about a scary thing, but it's so, so well done. And with a swoony romance as the B story. I loved it.
The Fix by Natasha Sinel. This one is new, and awesome. The author just nails the voice and a tough subject, too. It's one of the best YA books I read in 2015.
All The Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry. This is an achingly good historical novel by someone who understands yearning on a soul-deep level. Even if historical is not your thing, don't miss it.