Title: The Miseducation of Cameron Post
Author: Emily M. Danforth
Genre: YA, LGBTQ+, Fiction
Publication Date: 7th February 2012
Publisher: Harper Collins
Summary: When Cameron Post’s parents die suddenly in a car crash, her shocking first thought is relief. Relief they’ll never know that, hours earlier, she had been kissing a girl.
But that relief doesn’t last, and Cam is soon forced to move in with her conservative aunt Ruth and her well-intentioned but hopelessly old-fashioned grandmother. She knows that from this point on, her life will forever be different. Survival in Miles City, Montana, means blending in and leaving well enough alone (as her grandmother might say), and Cam becomes an expert at both.
Then Coley Taylor moves to town. Beautiful, pickup-driving Coley is a perfect cowgirl with the perfect boyfriend to match. She and Cam forge an unexpected and intense friendship — one that seems to leave room for something more to emerge. But just as that starts to seem like a real possibility, ultra-religious Aunt Ruth takes drastic action to ‘fix’ her niece, bringing Cam face-to-face with the cost of denying her true self — even if she’s not exactly sure who that is. Continue reading
Title: We Come Apart
Author: Sarah Crossan & Brian Conaghan
Genre: YA, Poetry, Contemporary
Publication Date: February 9th 2017
Summary: Jess would never have looked twice at Nicu if her friends hadn’t left her in the lurch. Nicu is all big eyes and ill-fitting clothes, eager as a puppy, even when they’re picking up litter in the park for community service. He’s so not her type. Appearances matter to Jess. She’s got a lot to hide. Nicu thinks Jess is beautiful. His dad brought Nicu and his mum here for a better life, but now all they talk about is going back home to find Nicu a wife. The last thing Nicu wants is to get married. He wants to get educated, do better, stay here in England. But his dad’s fists are the most powerful force in Nicu’s life, and in the end, he’ll have to do what his dad wants. As Nicu and Jess get closer, their secrets come to the surface like bruises. The only safe place they have is with each other. But they can’t be together, forever, and stay safe – can they?
Title: The Sun Is Also A Star
Author: Nicola Yoon
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: Corgi Childrens
Publication Date: 3rd November 2016
Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.
Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.
The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
This post actually came to me when me and Sophie were having a little bit of a rant about YA and in particular a very popular YA novel. It came to me just how blurred the lines of YA are. What’s acceptable in YA novels and what’s not and most importantly, what the ages of the protagonists are.
I think this is something we all have. You start to read a book and you see a trope start to happen and the more you read, the more it starts falling into all the stereotypes. Sometimes, it’s great because it’s one you love, be it a guilty pleasure or not. Other times, you have to stop yourself rolling your eyes in annoyance of it. Most of the ones I like are with conditions and it has to be done well. Here are some of my favourites and least favourites! Continue reading
Title: Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Author: David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publication Date: August 2007
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Summary: Nick and Norah are both suffering from broken hearts. So when Nick sees the girl who dumped him walk in with a new guy he asks the strange girl next to him to be his girlfriend for the next five minutes.
Norah would do anything to avoid conversation with the not-friend girl who dumped Nick, and get over the Evil Ex whom Norah never quite broke up with. And so she agrees.
What follows is an epic first date between two people who are just trying to figure out who they want to be – and where the next great band is playing.
I updated this a little on our blog twitter and on my own personal one too. However I really needed to do a post to air all this out. I started reading Fangirl because everyone was talking about it (still! A few years after publication!) so I thought it must be amazing. I’d definitely say it’s one of the most well loved YA books of our generation. Continue reading