Monday, November 29

Take Me Away: Vacations/Travel Week

It's Vacations/Travel Week here at TFC. There's just one problem: I don't have any travel plans for the near future, much as I wish I did, given that's it 25 degrees in Danbury this morning. I suppose, to alter my mental reality - i.e., raise the temperature - I could tell stories of past trips to warmer climes, but the space heater in my basement cave of an office is taking its sweet time powering up so let's make this quick.

Name one YA novel that you loved that managed to transport you somewhere exotic, preferably warm, or at the very least different than the town/state you currently reside in. I'll go first.

I absolutely love HOW TO RUIN A SUMMER VACATION by Simone Elkeles, about a 16-year-old girl who travels with her estranged Israeli father to...Israel. Israel! How exotic is that? Warm too. The novel itself is also smart, funny, romantic and entertaining as all get-out. And if you read the book, you get the added benefit of traveling somewhere without having to submit to a full-body scan or a pat-down. I've also read the sequel, HOW TO RUIN MY TEENAGE LIFE, also excellent, and am looking forward to reading the sequel to the sequel, HOW TO RUIN YOUR BOYFRIEND'S REPUTATION.

So how about you? What are some of your take-me-away-from-here - wherever "here" might be for you - favorite YA reads?

Be well. Don't forget to write.



Wendy Toliver said...

It's freezing here in Utah so I think I'll go snorkeling at Varadero Beach, Cuba, where Nadine Dajani's wonderful "Fashionably Late" takes place. (It's not YA but it's so much fun and I think YA readers will like it.)

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Wow, Cuba - there's a place I don't often see depicted in fiction! Well, except for The Godfather.

Stephanie Kuehnert said...

It's freezing here in Chicago, too! Makes me want to re-read Adios to My Old Life by Caridad Ferrer and pretend I'm in Florida!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted said...

Hey, Steph, I read that book! And yes, I'd heard Chicago was really cold these days. Brr.

Amanda Ashby said...

I loved The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Even though it was set in the US, it so reminded me of the beach holidays I had as a kid. Plus, it is an amazing book!

Sara Hantz said...

Weather fab here at the moment. I thoroughly enjoyed Simone's book, reminded me of when I went to Israel many years ago!!