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Really Good YA reads

Amy C
The list author says: "For some reason, I've been reading a lot of YA stuff this year. The best of it is authentic, not just for teens, but for everyone. Here are my current favorites. I'm not going to spell out plots. Just trust me. These are good--really good--books. Read 'em!!"
Tales of the Madman Underground
Tales of the Madman Underground
"Wonderful. Sad. Funny. Hopeful. I couldn't stop reading it once I started."
Thirteen Reasons Why
Thirteen Reasons Why
"I wish this book had been around when I was in high school.  A complicated subject done beautifully."
A Northern Light
A Northern Light
"A wonderful coming-of-age story, beautifully written. Just read it."
Savvy
Savvy
"Ok, this is more a kid book, but it's fantastic.  The author plays with language the way a composer plays with notes, and tells a fab, funny, wonderful story of family love and eccentricity that will make you laugh and cry.  I have reread it several times when I am feeling down.  Never let the world scumble your savvy!"
Jellicoe Road
Jellicoe Road
"A touching story of the power of friendship.  I gave it to someone else to read as soon as I was done--a true compliment to a book."
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
The Hunger Games (Book 1)
"Ok, I'm not going to put each book of the trilogy here, but they are all 3 fantastic.  Dark, for sure, but well-written.  Katniss Everdeen will be in my mind for a long, long time."
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, 1)
The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, 1)
"Another dark dystopian story, with a great premise.  Worth reading--but note the second book gets very dark.  Haven't read the third one yet, but it's on my shelf."
The Book Thief
The Book Thief
"Another winner by Zuzack.  Another book I read and gave to someone else right away.  Moving and somehow both sad and uplifting.  It's a gem of a book."
Tangerine
Tangerine
"A great story, great characters, and a heartbreaking kernel of truth at its core.  A book you want to discuss with people after you read it--the imagery, the characters, the plotline, everything.  Really good literature."
Fat Kid Rules the World
Fat Kid Rules the World
"Families are complicated. Punk rock is awesome."
Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7
Harry Potter Hard Cover Boxed Set: Books #1-7
"Just so you know my biases.  Twilight sucks. Harry Potter is great reading that will stand the test of time.  The first few are more kid books, but things get dark and complicated after that.  Well-written, powerful, great books."
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