The last YA that I loved: DEAD TO YOU, by Lisa McMann: Ethan was abducted from his front yard when he was just seven years old. Now, at sixteen, he has returned to his family. It's a miracle... at first. Then the tensions start to build. His reintroduction to his old life isn't going smoothly, and his family is tearing apart all over again. If only Ethan could remember something, anything, about his life before, he'd be able to put the pieces back together.
The YA that I'm reading and loving now: EVERY YOU, EVERY ME, by David Levithan http://davidlevithan.com/: In this high school-set psychological tale, a tormented teen named Evan starts
to discover a series of unnerving photographs—some of which feature him. Someone
is stalking him . . . messing with him . . . threatening him. Worse, ever
since his best friend Ariel has been gone, he's been unable to sleep, spending
night after night torturing himself for his role in her absence. And as crazy as
it sounds, Evan's starting to believe it's Ariel that's behind all of this,
punishing him. But the more Evan starts to unravel the mystery, the more his
paranoia and insomnia amplify, and the more he starts to unravel himself.
Creatively told with black-and-white photos interspersed between the text so the
reader can see the photos that are so unnerving to Evan, Every You, Every
Me is a one-of-a-kind departure from a one-of-a-kind author.
The next YA I'll read and I know I'll love: EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS, by A.S. King http://as-king.com/: Lucky didn't ask for his life. He didn't ask his grandfather not to come home
from the Vietnam War. He didn't ask for a father who never got over it. He
didn't ask for a mother who keeps pretending their dysfunctional family is fine.
And he didn't ask to be the target of Nader McMillan's relentless bullying,
which has finally gone too far. But Lucky has a secret - one that helps
him wade through the daily mundane torture of his life. In his dreams, Lucky
escapes to the war-ridden jungles of Laos - the prison his grandfather couldn't
escape - where Lucky can be a real man, an adventurer, and a hero. It's
dangerous and wild, and it's a place where his life might just be worth living.
But how long can Lucky keep hiding in his dreams before reality forces its way
inside? Michael L. Printz Honor recipient A.S. King's smart, funny, and
boldly original writing shines in this powerful novel about learning to cope
with the shrapnel life throws at you and taking a stand against
THE YA BOOK I'M MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO: INSURGENT, Veronica Roth's followup to my favorite YA novel of 2011, DIVERGENT.
So how about you? What have you loved, are loving, are sure you'll love, are most looking forward to?
Be well. Don't forget to write.