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Top Ten Books I’d Want to Read in a YA Book Club
- Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta: I read this book two or three years ago and I still think about it all the time. There’s a lot going on in this one, but the thing I keep coming back to is the identity theme – both personal identity and cultural identity, and the search for both is strong throughout the book.
- If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch: This one was hard to read, especially since I had suspicions about what Carey was hiding. But I think it’s an important book to read about a girl trying to move on with her life.
- The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: First of all, that title by itself would be worth discussing. But then once you read the book, there’s a lot about “otherness” and morality (black and white? shades of gray?) to be discussed.
- A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller: There could be interesting parallels to be drawn between the early 1900s and today.
- The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd: Some of the scenes involving animals in this book are really hard to read, but it has an interesting exploration of science and how far it should go.
- Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy: Alice is a very divisive character, so I think all the different insights about her would be interesting.
- Something Real by Heather Demetrios: This one goes behind the scenes of our obsession with reality TV and how it impacts the lives of the people actually on these shows. How “real” are they actually?
- The DUFF by Kody Keplinger: This one deals a lot with body image and female sexuality. Those topics are still relevant as adults.
- The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney: This is one of the most important books I’ve ever read.
- Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver: I love how this one treats the themes of kindness and second chances, almost as much as I love Lauren Oliver’s writing. (I love Lauren Oliver’s writing a lot.)