After I turned in my “last” draft to Michelle (is any draft the last, really?), I finally sat down and read two authors that she had repped at her previous agency. CRASH INTO ME by Albert Borris and NOTHING LIKE YOU by Lauren Strasnick. It’s been a long time since I’ve read what’s out there in the YA world and I was blown away. CRASH INTO ME is about 4 suicidal teenagers who make a suicide pact to travel where celebrities died and then to kill themselves at the end of the road trip. Beautifully written, told with IM messages, lists, and present-day convcrsations, the book is a can’t-put-me-down. I seriously couldn’t. And the cover really says it all once the narrator reveals the meaning of the snake on his arm.
NOTHING LIKE YOU by Lauren Strasnick is totally different than CRASH INTO ME but still equally as gripping. Holly’s mother has recently died and the book opens when she hooks up with Paul. Holly thinks it’s a one-night stand that suddenly becomes all consuming. Paul has a girlfriend and Holly becomes friends with her. What I love about NOTHING LIKE YOU is how real Holly is and how every girl can relate to the guy who has a girlfriend but you love anyway. The relationships in this book are so real.
UPDATE: Lauren was gracious enough to put together a list of her fave YA books for me via Twitter. You can follow her @laurenstrasnick.
So after I quickly finished those books, I turned to my fellow YA authors on Twitter and asked for their recommendations of what I should read next. Here are their picks. Please add your own in the comments section.
Elana Johnson, my fellow agency sister, repped by the lovely by Michelle Andelman of Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Follow Elana on Twitter @elanaj.
Shari Green, my fellow agency sister, repped by the lovely by Michelle Andelman of Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Follow Shari on Twitter @sharigreen
Andrew Carmichael (follow him on Twitter @cupcakeandy)
GENTLEMEN by Michael Northrop
Kristin Otts, my fellow agency sister, repped by the lovely by Michelle Andelman of Lynn C. Franklin Associates, Ltd. Follow Kristin on Twitter @kbotts
JELLICOE ROAD by Melina Marchetta
THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO by Patrick Ness
CITY OF DREAMING BOOKS by Walter Moers
AIRBORN by Kenneth Oppel
THE PRICKER BOY by Reade Scott Whinnem
SHIVER by Maggie Stiefvater
HOUSE OF THE SCORPION by Nancy Farmer