The Best YA Books You Haven’t Read

Kelly from YAnnabe is hosting a fun project today called The Best YA Books You Haven’t Read. Its goal is to highlight YA books that haven’t gotten the attention they deserve, based on the number of LibraryThing users that list each title. So, the books listed below are some of my highest-rated YA books that have less than 500 readers. For comparison, Twilight has over 25,000 and The Hunger Games has close to 4,000.

Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker
Eighteen-year-old Quinn heads to Austin, TX for the indie music internship and rock star boyfriend of her dreams. But her sorority girl cousin and her country-music loving neighbor put a wrench in her plans and cause her to rethink some of her assumptions. This breezy, summer story has a lot of heart and is perfect for music lovers and chick lit aficionados.

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
Jess is perfectly content staying home on Friday nights sewing her signature skirts, but her longtime friends would rather hang out with her brother’s punk rock buddies. So Jess looks for a new crowd to hang out with and finds herself playing D&D with a group of lovable nerds. For anyone who has felt like they don’t fit in, Halpern has crafted a fun novel about letting your true self shine.

Derby Girl/Whip It by Shauna Cross
A rollicking look at Bliss Cavendar’s adventures in friendship, romance, and roller derby on which the 2009 movie Whip It was based. See my original post on the book, movie, and all things roller derby.

Beige by Cecil Castellucci
Katy likes being plain and normal. She absolutely does not want to spend the summer in LA with her aging, punk-rock father. But she meets some new, music-loving friends and learns to embrace change and make amends with her parents.

The Queen of Cool by Cecil Castellucci
Popular Libby goes looking for more than the usual trappings of high school life by getting an internship at the LA zoo. Her new friends, Sheldon and Tina, show her that there’s more to being cool than parties, drinking, and popularity.

Cecil Castellucci’s short, fun to read novels always portray strong female characters and really let the city of Los Angeles shine.

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
Audrey’s now ex-boyfriend writes a song about their breakup that skyrockets to the top of the charts. Almost overnight, she has to deal with the realities of being a minor celebrity while still surviving as a normal teenager. Robin Benway’s debut novel shines with humor, intelligence, and heart. See my original review here.

Saving Francesca by Melina Marchetta
Francesca has a lot going on in her life. She just started at the newly co-ed Saint Sebastian’s without any friends and her usually vivacious mother has sunk into a deep depression. Melina Marchetta has created a strong, believable character in Francesca and takes readers on a fun, but realistic journey as Francesca grows through her experiences.

10 thoughts on “The Best YA Books You Haven’t Read”

  1. Added “Into the Wild Nerd Yonder” to my hold list. And I have “Whip It” at home in the TBR pile somewhere. Great suggestions!

  2. Nice list! I really enjoyed Audrey, Wait. I’m interested in the Queen of Cool. I’ve enjoyed some of Cecil Castellucci’s other work.

  3. Saving Francesca’s on my list too!

    And I’ve read…NONE of your other picks. Haha. I feel like I’m saying that a lot today, but that’s the whole point so I don’t know why I’m so shocked!

    Great list. Also, I have to say your blog layout is very clean and readable. 🙂

  4. I have a copy of Whip It somewhere around here, waiting to be read. It looks great! And Into the Wild Nerd Yonder has been on my to-be-acquired list for a while.

  5. I’ve had Beige on my BookMooch wishlist for at least a year now, but no one’s ever posted it! Maybe I should just break down a buy a copy, haha.

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