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Class of 2012 – YA Superlatives – Best in Show

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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 BEST IN SHOW.

YA books released and read in 2012
YA books released and read in 2012

Favorite Cover(s)

The Raven Boys

I’m really wondering about the bird, and the mystery, and the boys, and it’s shiny!

Something Strange and Deadly

So pretty, and dark, and ohhhhh I want to know what’s going to happen.

In Honor

I don’t know why but this one really appealed to me even before I read it. Must be the boots, or the desert…

 Cutest Couple

My Life Next Door

 Samantha and Jase – they are simply adorable!


Augustus and Hazel – they broke my heart, but at the same time their love for one another shone through the pages, and they’re funny, and they’re courageous, and they’re simply real.

Most Likely to Succeed (Or, pick a Printz Winner.)


The Raven Boys

Gorgeous writing, story that pulls you in…Even though the storylines are completely different, they both managed to create a world that felt like the reader was walking beside the characters.

In one of the books, you will mourn and grieve and fall in love with them. While in the other, you will want to know what happens next, and what is it about this place that makes everything so magic, and you will want to go hang out with The Raven Boys and Blue and her family.

Most Likely to Make You Miss Your Bedtime (Book you just couldn’t put down!)

Pushing the limits

Even though Noah was sometimes a bit too much, I still got lost in the story and…missed my bedtime for it 🙂

 Best Repeat Performance (Your favorite sequel or follow-up.) 

A million suns

Romance Most Worthy of an Ice bath 

Losing It

Okay. So I know this is NA…but STEAMY!!!!

Breakout Novel (Your favorite book by a debut author.)

My Life Next Door

Loved the story, and on top of that Huntley has been so sweet in helping with my giveaway of her book and by granting me an interview. Definitely getting her next book.

Best Old-Timer (your favorite read of the year, published before 2012)


You guys. That book. So. Many. Feelings.

The characters, the story, the setting, the writing, how everything works together, how I fell in love with all of them.

Thanks again Katy for recommending this book! 

Book most likely to make a grown man cry


Most Pleasant Surprise (Best book you didn’t think you’d like, but totally did.)


I know. Weird. But the topic is so heartbreaking. Cancer is a bitch.  And I didn’t know if I would put a wall between me and the book, or if I would think it was written too off-track, or if I would even pick it up afraid it would be too sad. But the characters were so real, their story, their words resonated so loudly, that I fell in love with it. Without Tracey and her book club, I know I probably would have not read it. So thank you!

Most creative use of a Love Triangle

The Raven Boys

The love triangle is there, not there, but there…and wow…can’t wait to know what happens next!

Sleeper Hit (Book you found so awesome you wish it had been hyped more)


While that book was hyped a bit before its publication, I don’t think it got lots of press afterwards.

Favorite Outlier (Your favorite middle grade or adult 2012 book) 


It’s technically an adult book, no?

Reading ON WRITING was really a delight. The voice in that book is just amazing, and Mr. King gives wonderful tips, and digs into his own experience as a writer.

And now, we need to pick our own superlative category.

Favorite Lines

 (not just first line, but any lines, the ones that stayed with you long long loonnnng after you closed the book).

Disclaimer: I have more than one favorite line, and I’m sticking to the books I talked about in this wonderful blogfest (not all the ones I’ve read in 2012)

The Raven Boys

“Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.”

“He asked for a specific. I gave him a specific. I’m sorry it wasn’t puppies.”

“Maura had decided sometime before Blue’s birth that it was barbaric to order children about, and so Blue had grown up surrounded by imperative question marks.”


“We were playing Rock, Paper, Scissors,” she told him once. “I was paper and she was rock so I lived and she died.”

“If you weren’t driving, I’d kiss you senseless,” I tell him.
He swerves to the side of the road and stops the car abruptly.
“Not driving any more.”


People will say it’s sad that she leaves a lesser scar, that fewer remember her, that she was loved deeply but not widely. But it’s not sad. It’s triumphant. It’s heroic. Isn’t that the real heroism? The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people NOTICING things, paying attention.

“Headline?” he asked.
“‘Swing Set Needs Home,'” I said.
“‘Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home,'” he said.
“‘Lonely, Vaguely Pedophilic Swing Set Seeks the Butts of Children,'” I said.”

“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, old man, but you do have some say in who hurts you.”

 My Life Next Door

 ”His bed´s really comfortable and he never pees in it”

“Why do all the hot girls want the jocks and the good boys? We losers are the ones that need you.”

You have to kiss me,” I find myself saying.
“Yeah.” He leans closer. “I do.” 

Tell me, what is your favorite line from the books you’ve read this year?


13 thoughts on “Class of 2012 – YA Superlatives – Best in Show”

  1. ON WRITING was my favorite non-YA read and I’ll share a favorite line from it…

    “Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends…it’s about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life.”

    Have a wonderful holiday, Elodie! Glad you could participate!

  2. We picked some of the same books for our categories. 🙂 I really don’t know how I forgot about Samantha and Jase for cutest couple. I thought they were super cute. I picked Anna and Bennett from TIME BETWEEN US, who were also very cute. So many of these categories I could have picked a dozen books for. 🙂

  3. Well, the only quote I’ve actually typed into Goodreads this year was from ADAPTATION by Malinda Lo: “People are always going to think something about you that isn’t real. It doesn’t matter what they think.”

    I agree with all your cover choices–I haven’t read IN HONOR yet but the cover grabbed my interest the first time I saw it. And the only reason I didn’t pick THE RAVEN BOYS is because there’s no way to really convey how SHINY it is with the Goodreads cover photo! Love that one.

  4. ON WRITING = an all-time fave. And I really want to read IN HONOR! I fell in love with the cover. I’m glad you liked it!

  5. I think TFIOS is a lock for the Printz. It was so perfect.

    And I think my favorite line this year was from GRAFFITI MOON: “There was no skin on my voice and she heard the bones in my words.” Cath Crowley writes gorgeous prose.

  6. THE RAVEN BOYS cover, I love. I tried soooo hard to keep the categories to one book so I didn’t include it but it’s in my top 3. I love the art/brushed look. I love a shimmery cover. LOVE.

    LOSING IT. Fuhgetaboutit.

    See your favorite quotes makes me think I need to get back into Memorable Monday or sharing my favorite quotes here and there. I’m going to be a lame ass and link to the posts on my blog:

    Great to see your picks this week, Elodie! Thanks for sharing!

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