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Subject: Need YA recommendations for my daughter, please!
Date Posted: 11/24/2013 11:33 AM ET
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My daughter just turned 13, is in 7th grade, and has over the last year or so progressed to YA novels.  She does not read paranormal, or else I'd have a literal cornucopia of choices for her here at the house.  She has recently read The Selection (Selection, Bk 1) and The Elite (Selection, Bk 2) by Kiera Cass, and I recently took her to B&N to look around ('cause I can't believe how clueless I am when it comes to regular, non-paranormal YA) where she picked out The List by Siobhan Vivian and The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist.  With those choices in mind, can you give me some recommendations for books I can get her for Christmas?

Date Posted: 11/24/2013 9:41 PM ET
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Ally Carter's Galagher Girls series is really good and appropriate.  And she might like the Jen Calonita "Belles" series.  The Stephanie Perkins books are also really good nd sweet as is Huntley Fitzpatrick's novel

Date Posted: 11/24/2013 10:11 PM ET
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Fire with fire by Siobhan Vivian (second book is called burn for burn)

Any books by Sarah Dessan or Susane Colasanti

Books by Sonya Sones. They are written in verse but very good books

I can't really think of many others. I own over 800 YA books and 95%of them are paranormal, dystopian, etc.

I hope you find some that she will like. But please do be careful. There are some YA books that border right between YA and New Adult. Meaning sex, drugs, language, violence, etc.

Date Posted: 11/25/2013 12:23 AM ET
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Heya, Shelia. Here are some:

Heist Society series by Ally Carter

Pretty Crooked by Elisa Ludwig

Also Known As by Robin Benway

Matched series by Ally Condie

Delirium series by Lauren Oliver

The Unidentified by Rae Mariz

Sweet 15 by Emily Adler

Date Posted: 11/25/2013 1:44 PM ET
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She has read the Gallagher Girls series, and I have picked up a copy of Heist Society for her so far.  I forgot totally about the Matched series.  That's another one on my list.

Thanks for the list, Shronda!  I'm checking all these out now!

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 5:45 AM ET
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I second Jennifer's opinion that you have to be more careful with YA than you used to be, especially when shopping for a younger reader.  If you're ever worried about content, I'd scan reviews on Goodreads. 

I believe The Selection is considered dystopian, so Hunger Games might appeal to her, although it does have quite a bit of violence and you will have to decide if that boths you or know.  I know the Divergent books are also popular to dystopian fans right now, but haven't read them yet so I don't know how age appropriate that would be.  Unfortunately I haven't read a lot of dystopian beyond the Hunger Games and the classics like The Giver.  I read one called Obernewtyn which was interesting, but not sure I'd recommend it per se.  It was "meh".  But maybe someone here can better recommend it? 

I also recommend the Kiki Strike series.  Technically they are middle grade, not YA, but I think they have great crossover appeal and are completely clean and age appropriate for 13. I second the Heist Society books, especially if she enjoyed Gallager Girls. 

More on the fantasy side of thing, I highly recommend anything by Shannon Hale (although her book Austenland and sequel are written for adults, there really isn't anything in there a 13-year-old would object to).  Also, anything by Brandon Mull.  These are also mostly shelved as MG, but I think they are appropriate for a YA audience as well.  The Healing Wars trilogy by Janice Hardy is kind of a dystopian/fantasy mashup, but the last one can get a little violent (it is about a war) again, if that bothers you. 

Date Posted: 12/2/2013 4:12 PM ET
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I used to read a lot of the mystery type books. Lois Duncan, Caroline Cooney, Joan Lowery Nixon and that sort of stuff. Some of the stories have a ghost or somethig in them but not to badly.

Date Posted: 12/4/2013 2:36 PM ET
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What about the Luxe Series that starts with The Luxe (Luxe, Bk 1) by Anna Godbersen.  I've not read this on but we bought it last year for my bf's niece who just turned 15 a week ago.  Again I've not read but heard good things about the Bright Young Things Series and we purchased this last year for bf's niece for her birthday its in November it starts with Bright Young Things (Bright Young Things, Bk 1) by Anna Godbersen.  And we also got her a few in the Alpha's series Alphas (Alphas, Bk 1) by Lisi Harrison which she asked for a few more of this year.  Also my 11 yr old niece really likes Lisi's monster high series not that I'm suggesting that one for you daughter ; )  Has she read the Pretty Little Liars series Pretty Little Liars (Pretty Little Liars, Bk 1) by Sara Shepard, this one my 11 year old niece wanted but I had to nix that as the reviews seemed to be hinting at stuff I didn't want her reading.  I also put a nix on the Princess Diaries starting with The Princess Diaries (Princess Diaries, Bk 1) by Meg Cabot after reading some reviews but I might let her read it at 13!  I read this one and thought it was really cute The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares I didn't get any farther then that one though so I can't vouch for the rest of the series! There is also The Season by Sarah MacLean which people have suggested for that age group.  Its her first YA but she said on her blog she was working on more.  I read her adult book and love them!

I'll also second the Hunger Games Series we gifted it to bf's niece last year at her b-day too so she was 14.  I'll stress though she is really mature  for her age.  Its almost like she's 17 and her older sister who is 17 is actually 15!  I actually think more on book I give her older sister then I do for the 15 yr old.

BF's niece asked for the Galagher Girls, Matched series, and anything paranormal that I might think she would like!  So I'm all good on finding her stuff.  Last year she seemed to be more into regular romance teen books but sometime during the year she took a box of books from my house that included The Vampire Acadamy Series, The House of Night Series, and many more.  They were mostly books in the system here already so I figured it she jacked them up oh well.  I was over there the other night and she was reading the first in the House of Night Series again for the 5th time it looked so loved and well read.  I'm kind of glad she's gotten more into the paranormal becuase its so much easier for me to figure out then what she might like based on what she's read already.  I was contemplating giving her my Hollows series by Kim Harrison but then I thought even though she's really mature for her age it might need to wait a couple more years!  Anyone else got an opinion on this one?  I'm not really worried about her reading violence its the sex stuff I'm more worried about.  And the Hollows has a few parts I was thining would be not appropriate for a 15 yr old!  Is this just me? I've read some of the New Adult and I was thinking about jumping her up to that catageory too but really Its almost as bad as some of the regular urban fantasy in the sex catagory.  They have both read the house of night series tough and it contains sex talk and they seem to be find with it, I'm just not sure I want to jump them up to more of it!

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Date Posted: 12/6/2013 11:52 AM ET
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My daughter loves Sarah Dessan.

Date Posted: 12/6/2013 1:01 PM ET
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I have heard Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen is good. I would recommend Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison too.

Date Posted: 1/5/2014 4:09 PM ET
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Here are a few I've read and loved, maybe she will too!

Babe in boyland by Jody Gehman (Loved this one!)

Willow by Julia Hoban

Eve by Anna Carey

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

As far as I can remember none of these have anything too explicit. If you're worried about that kind of content though, goodreads might be a good place to check! Hope these helped :)