August 29: Top Ten Hidden Gem Young Adult Books
I read a lot of YA, the majority of which is well known, but occasionally I read something too few people have heard of. This list comprises books that have fewer than 10,000 Goodreads ratings, the first seven of which I rated 4*, and the latter three 3*. The fact that Sarah Crossan makes this list three times is unbelievable: read her books, I implore you!
1. Unboxed by Non Pratt
Why this book has had less than 500 ratings baffles me. It was one of my favourite discoveries of 2016, and I have since recommended it to numerous people. If you like contemporary with friendship at the heart (and smatterings of LGBT), this is perfect.
2. Unconventional by Maggie Harcourt
A recent favourite, I loved this contemporary revolving around conventions. If you’re actively involved in the book blogging/social media community, you should enjoy this.
3. We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan
Told in the dual perspectives of Jess and Nicu, this tale, told in free verse, follows the two becoming unlikely friends and helping each other through their personal and family issues.
4. This Book Is Gay by James Dawson
A non-fiction piece, this book is amusing and informative in equal measure. Drawing upon his own personal experiences, Dawson examines LGBT difficulties for a YA audience.
5. Apple and Rain by Sarah Crossan
Abandoned by her mother as a young child, Apple was raised by her grandmother. But when her mother makes a surprise reappearance into her daughter’s life, Apple begins to understand the true meaning of family.
6. How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski
Told from the perspectives of three teenage girls, this roadtrip contemporary is full of fun, friendship and overcoming fears.
7. One by Sarah Crossan
This broke my heart and put it together again. I read it in one sitting and it was just beautiful.
8. Dear Charlie by N.D. Gomes
Told from the perspective of the brother of a school shooter, this book deals with the after effects of tragedy, and the guilt by association felt by the family members of a perpetrator.
9. Girl Hearts Girl by Lucy Sutcliffe
Another non-fiction book, this explores the author coming to terms with her sexuality during her adolescence and how she utilized her online presence to champion LGBT issues.
10. Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
A high-school contemporary with a difference; a group of friends make a pact to lose their virginity before they graduate. So begins a number of journeys of self-discovery.
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