Class of 2012 – YA Superlatives – Head of Class

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Katy UppermanJessica LoveTracey Neithercott and Alison Miller had the great idea to organize the  CLASS OF 2012: YA SUPERLATIVES BLOGFEST! Don´t hesitate to check their blogs for all the links…

The choices were tough (see all the wonderful books I´ve read this year?)…so yep…hmmm sometimes there may be more than one…Today I am proud to present HEAD OF CLASS.

YA books released and read in 2012

YA books released and read in 2012

Favorite Dystopian

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth – I had no issue getting back into that world. And cannot wait to see what happens next.

Favorite Science Fiction

A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis – I loved, loved, loved that one. The ship becomes another character for me, and the way the entire cast is developed is just brilliant in my view. I even found this one a tad better than the first book of this trilogy (and I already couldn´t put it down :P)

Favorite Contemporary

Okay I´m sorry but I´ve read way too many contemporaries to play favorite. Can I go with 3—in no particular order?

  • For the way the story  touched my heart, made me cry, made me hope: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green. I’ve read this book while spending a few days at my Mother-in-law’s. And I think she still wonders why I cried so much reading a novel. For my full review, and for all the reasons why I think this heartbreaking book is also a book full of love and hope, see here.
  • For the way the romance made my heart beat faster, and the secondary cast of characters: MY LIFE NEXT DOOR by Huntley Fitzpatrick. And to share the love, I had decided to hold a giveaway for that book back in July, I also thought I’d ask the author if maybe she would be interested in doing an interview. I was so happy when she said yes! And even included a signed copy of the book as giveaway! 😀 (Happy Friday – Interview and giveaway)

And many more…really…my list of YA contemporary was like WOW this year!

Favorite Historical Fiction

GILT by Katherine Longshore

Favorite Mystery

TEN by Gretchen McNeil

Favorite Romance

So, here again, I cannot keep it at only one, and I am restricting myself.

Favorite Paranormal/Favorite Fantasy/Favorite Genre Bender

THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater – Maggie has a magical way with words, and a magical way to pull the reader inside her story. Loved it.

Favorite Family Drama

THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers. As I wrote in my review of this book back in August, Sloane is  a tortured character and whose pain rages through the pages, gripping and sad. The drama with her family broke my heart. It´s definitely not the type of drama easy to resolve in normal circumstances, so if you throw zombies into the mix? You get an unforgettable story, exploring the weaknesses, strenghts of each character.

So, tell me who was Head of Class for you this year? 

15 Comments

  1. Rebecca B says:

    In making my list I realized that I didn’t read a lot of romance this year–I’m going to take some recommendations from your picks!
    THE RAVEN BOYS was one of my favorites, too. What a wonderful book!

  2. Jaime says:

    We have some similar titles on our lists. 🙂 I have LOSING IT sitting on my Kindle right now. Just finished EASY and I figure that one is in the same vein. I’m still waiting for the right moment to get into TFIOS. Sigh. I know that one’s going to be a tough one to read.

  3. viklit says:

    I might have to check out Butter! Ah the setting of the ‘statistical probability – I enjoyed, on the plane and in London ! I was half tempted to check out the places in it and see if they existed!

  4. I give you a lot of credit for getting me into contemporary this year, especially MY LIFE NEXT DOOR! Great list. I’m going through making sure everything I haven’t read is marked as “want to read” in Goodreads–very helpful when I’m at the bookstore!

  5. Krispy says:

    Ah, I am so CONVINCED to read This is Not A Test now. I keep seeing it on people’s lists and it sounds like a great read! 🙂

    Totally agree with you about The Raven Boys. It fits in so many categories; I had a hard time just slotting it in one. I wanted to squee about it over and over again!

    I agree with you about the Godspeed seeming like a character unto itself in Beth Revis’ AtU trilogy, so I really wonder what the 3rd book is going to be like where the ship seems like it’ll play a much smaller part.

  6. katyupperman says:

    Oh, we have some definite overlap. Because we both have excellent taste in books, obviously! I haven’t read TRAFFICKED or BUTTER, but I’m intrigued by both. I’ll have to check them out!

    Great choices, lady!

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