CYL Picks: Adele’s List

It’s that time of year again where I have to select my favourite child and cut the others adrift.  Actually, it’s not that bad but it feels as though I am cutting the rope.

And with that confession, I shall present to you all some of my favourite reads for this year and into the next.

Great 2012 read:

This Is Not A Test 

Courtney Summers

This young Canadian author has carved a name for herself with tense, high octane narratives that take the reader by the arm and forcibly pull them through a story … and make them enjoy it.  There are no half-truths to Summers’ writing, everything is raw and strained.  In This is Not a Test, she has altered her branded pace to a slow crawl and depicted the apocalyptic world through the eyes of a teen who has given up.  It’s a hard read in many ways, Sloane is in the depths of depression, isolation and grief and her world is muted, passive and sodden down…and then the zombies attack.


Pleasantly surprised by:


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Stephen Chbosky

While I won’t pretend that the film has no bearing on me finally reading this cult classic, it sure did surprise me.  I can be a little (just a little) bit of an anti-hype monster and was reluctant to read Chbosky’s work.  I am so glad that I finally took the plunge.  Deceptively simple, this book creeps up on the reader, enveloping them and then spitting them out.  It’s heart jerking, smile inducing, tear invoking storytelling that makes you yearn for the mixed tapes and those friends of old that allowed you to float.

Simon & Schuster  

Most anticipated for 2013:

Just One Day

Gayle Forman

Forman burst onto the YA stage with If I Stay and followed it up with the thumping Where She Went, in this title she leaves Adam and Mia behind and presents us with the new.  In this case the new is Allyson who breaks the rules for the first time in her life.  Upon meeting the charming and mysterious Willem, she escapes to Paris for one perfect day, to find upon waking that he’s gone.  Forman’s not afraid to have her characters dance in the clouds as she loves to have them smash back to earth; it’s the recoil that makes it special.

Random House

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