I'm so excited to be hosting YA author Wendi Nunnery on the blog today. (And even more excited to have her share her top ten favorite YA books.) Follow along and see if maybe you might have some in common! Also, be sure to take a look at her new release, THE BEST KEPT SECRET as well.
Thanks for having me on the blog today, Heather! This was such a fun post to put together.
10) Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar - I almost hate to admit it because the whole television franchise has been associated with little more than shiny, material things, but the books are really solid. Cecily von Ziegesar uses wealth and prestige as a setting where real people deal with some seriously ugly issues. She’s got a great handle on the voices of her characters, so the books never feel one-dimensional. I practically flew through them.
9) It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini - Having struggled with OCD and anxiety-induced depression, this book got me from the get-go. It approaches the subject of mental illness with the perfect balance of humor and compassion, and it’s one of the few contemporary YA novels that, dare I say, ends well. Sometimes we like a happy ending, right?
8) The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis - C.S. Lewis is arguably one of the greatest authors and theologians of his time, or any time really. And the beauty of Narnia is that it takes us to a place where we can actually understand God’s love because we can see it in Lewis’ characters. Not only is the writing gorgeous, but the stories are filled with messy human beings (and animals) who show us how to do the right thing even when it’s the hard thing.
7) Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher - This book is heartbreaking. And that’s what makes it so damn good. Just read it.
6) This is Sarah by Ally Malinenko - My fellow BookFish girl Ally Malinenko penned a page-turner with the story of a Colin Leventhal, a boy on the search to find out what really happened to his missing girlfriend the night he saw her last. It’s a fairly quick read, but it’s got depth.
5) Absolutely Normal Chaos by Sharon Creech - This one is a little more on the middle-grade side, but it’s a classic. Absolutely Normal Chaos is the summer diary of Mary Lou Finney, who comes from an insanely large, insanely loud family, and when her cousin from West Virginia shows up unannounced, she realizes there are quite a few secrets in her family, too. Written in first person (obviously), this hilarious book covers first kisses, broken hearts, and the wild adventure of summertime and being thirteen.
4) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech - Another one from Creech and possibly even better than Absolutely Normal Chaos. After her mother leaves, Salamanca Tree Hiddle, a country girl with Native American roots, moves to a new city with her father. This story is a beautiful, tearjerking narrative of family and friendship, and Mary Lou Finney even makes an appearance. I might still have the copy I “borrowed” from my sixth grade English class (sorry Mrs. Wright!).
3) The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - Because DUH.
2) Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls - This one will get you in the feels EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. Forget that it’s on your school’s summer reading list; read it because it’s GOOD.
1) Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling - If I have to explain why, you’ll never understand.
In high school, everyone has secrets. Even well-brought-up Emma Fraser.
Emma’s sophomore year started out all wrong. First, her best friend Andy confessed to losing his virginity leaving Emma all alone in the V-Club. Then the rest of her friends got weird and suddenly Emma finds herself feeling like the people she knows best have become total strangers. And total strangers are becoming friends.
When Deegan Burke, a rich, gorgeous senior, asks Emma to be his date for the prom, Emma thinks her luck has begun to change. But rather than being able to bask in this newfound glory, her whole world starts to unravel. And when secrets that once seemed so innocent start to take a very dangerous turn, Emma discovers that true friends are friends no matter what…and some secrets aren’t worth keeping.
Wendi Nunnery is the author of The Mayfield Family Story. She is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post and The Simply Beloved, a lifestyle website for women of faith. She is a proud alumna of Georgia Southern University and, at any given time, you can find her with a cup of coffee and a book. She lives, loves, and mothers in Atlanta, Georgia. The Best Kept Secret is her first novel.
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