We’re currently living in a glorious age of YA debuts, one our children’s children will remember, and perhaps mark with the sacrificial burning of pine-scented Yankee candles (because is it just me, or is pine the perfect “reading a book” smell?). This month alone, we’re getting a sweet romance that inspires squees for days, an epic fantasy I’m willing to trade your car for, and a funny-sad contemporary tale with a futuristic twist. In the spirit of further discovery, we asked YA authors what books and writers they’ve recently fallen in love with. Ready your to-read lists.
Joe Hill. I discovered him rather recently. His collection 20th Century Ghosts just blew me away, and NOS4A2 is a forever favorite. Also April Genevieve Tucholke. She’s got one coming in 2016 called Wink, Poppy, Midnight, and I could read it over and over.
–Kendare Blake (Goddess War series)
Adele Griffin. She blew my mind with her faux-biography The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone, and I’ve since purchased a few of her backlist titles. Not sure when she’s coming out with another young adult novel, but I’m happy I have several books of hers to keep me busy in the meantime.
–Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not)
Kat Rosenfield. I still remember the intense frenzy of emotions I had while reading her debut, Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone: awe, envy, excitement, astonishment, and deep, deep love. She writes so beautifully, I want to lick her words. (Please don’t be grossed out if you read this, Kat.)
–Nova Ren Suma (The Walls Around Us)
I finally read The One and Only Ivan, and I think it’s safe to say I’ve fallen in love with Katherine Applegate. I think Cristina Moracho is one to watch in YA—her debut, Althea and Oliver, is pretty mind-blowing. Same with Jennifer Mathieu, whose The Truth About Alice was a recent favorite discovery. They’re all on my must-buy lists now!
–Corey Ann Haydu (Making Pretty)
Kekla Magoon’s How It Went Down was amazing—so timely and riveting, and the craft was so understated. All these voices chiming in to to create a complete, emotional, and cathartic portrait of a tragedy.
Also, I had the pleasure of reading Renee Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn early. The writing is gorgeous, the world building is seamless, the characters are so vivid and brilliant and frustrating. It’s a must-read for 2015.
–Sona Charaipotra (Tiny Pretty Things)
Well, when I’m not consumed with a crush on someone, I am definitely keeping busy by falling in love. That’s my life, in a nutshell: crushing and falling in love, mixed in with a lot of despair. And now, realizing that I am a crush-less, non-falling-in-love, despondent and lonely man, I am going to retreat to my dark and cluttered writing office and weep.
–Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow)
What books and authors have YOU fallen for lately?