September 24, 2016

Another Round of #QuietYA

I felt like it was time for another #quietYA recommendations post. For those of you who don't know what #quietYA is, it's under-the-radar YA books that haven't won any big awards or been on any bestselling lists. Basically the ones that only bloggers really know about, unless someone is browsing a bookstore and sees the title on the shelf. All of my recommendations today are contemporary - I seem to have exhausted my #quietYA sci-fi/fantasy shelf - but you can check out my other posts in this series for some different genres if contemporary isn't your scene.

If you love teen movies, especially The Breakfast Club, you have to try Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas.
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It's fun, sweet, and has a good focus on friendship.

I've mentioned Sarah Strohmeyer's Smart Girls Get What They Want in one of these posts before. If you've read that one, you should try How Zoe Made Her Dreams (Mostly) Come True.
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It's fluffy and light and a fun romp in an amusement park a lot like Disney.

If you want something more serious, though, Rules for 50/50 Chances by Kate McGovern is an excellent choice.
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If you're looking for a biracial romance, complex family dynamics, and hard choices, this is a book for you.

If you're interested in exploring cultures different from your own, give A World Away by Nancy Grossman a try.
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It felt like a very respectful depiction of Amish culture.

A more recent release is Lauren Gibaldi's sophomore novel, Autofocus.
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The protagonist is passionate about photography, and she's exploring her past.

If you're in it for unlikeable characters, you might want to check out Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell.
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It's not terribly heavy, and it's definitely good for younger YA readers.

Finally, if you were (or are) a fellow homeschooler, you have to try Kathryn Ormsbee's Lucky Few.
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It's one of the few realistic depictions of homeschoolers in literature. (Just warning ya, though, there's more profanity than I was expecting.)

And if you're looking for more recommendations, check out my Odyssey post for next week! (The link will be on my blog's Facebook page.)

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