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Subject: Young Adult Books That Adults Enjoy Too
Date Posted: 3/2/2009 1:02 PM ET
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I've recently gotten into reading young adult books. I've read some by Elizabeth Scott, Sarah Mlynowski, Sarah Dessen, P.C. Cast, Rachel Caine, & of course Stephanie Meyer.  I've also read some that were listed here at PBS as young adult, but were more pre-teen, middle school type. I really didn't care for those at all. So what are some other books/authors you can recommend to adults who enjoy reading young adult books?

Thank you!!

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Date Posted: 3/2/2009 7:14 PM ET
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You didn't say what sort of books you like to read, but there are a lot of vampire authors listed.  I don't like P.C. Cast or Stephenie Meyer much at all.

But some books/authors that I do like and have read recently are:

Joan Bauer, especially Rules of the Road and Hope Was Here.

Tomorrow, When the War Began by John Marsden is excellent.

I loved The Murder of Bindy Mackenzie by Jaclyn Moriarty. 

The Circle of Magic quartet by Tamora Pierce (the first is Sandry's Book) and then The Will of the Empress.  I don't like the rest of the books about those characters as much (the second quartet called The Circle Opens).  The fourth book in the first quartet, Briar's Book, is by far the best.  (The Circle of Magic books, especially the first quartet, are aimed at younger readers -- roughly age 10 -- but the books do mature as the characters mature.)

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 10:24 AM ET
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John Green

Maureen Johnson

Shift by Jennifer Bradbury

I could really go on forever...

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 5:55 PM ET
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I don't read any of the authors you've listed and I don't know their work that well. What genres or themes are you interested in?

Date Posted: 3/4/2009 11:48 AM ET
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I like paranormal, chick lit, romance, but I'm open to any suggestions & always willing to try new genres. Thanks for the suggestions so far! I'll look into those and hope to get more suggestions!

Date Posted: 3/12/2009 10:34 PM ET
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I read a lot of YA books so that I can recommend them to the kids at school for bookswap(plus I enjoy them). My favorites besides the Harry Potter series:

The Uglies series by: Scott Westerfeld(The Uglies, The Pretties, Specials)

The Percy Jackson & the Olympians Series by: Rick Riordan(The Lightening Thief, Sea of Monsters, The Titans Curse, The Labyrinth

Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie by: Jordan Sonnenblick(Need a box of tissues for this one)


Date Posted: 3/15/2009 6:42 PM ET
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Maureen Johnson

Meg Cabot -- She also has some fun chick-lit!

Libba Bray -- The Gemma Doyle series kept me up late into the night racing to finish!

Eva Ibbotson - Historicals (like WWII era). I think they're great for adults because they aren't as...I don't know...teenager-y as some YA.

Christine Fletcher -- Ten Cents a Dance. Another historical but very very good. Probably my favorite of 2008!

Date Posted: 3/20/2009 12:25 PM ET
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The Inkheart series is excellent by Cornelia Fuenke. Just finished reading Eragon and Eldest by Christopher Paolini, both excellent.