Top Ten Books I'd Recommend to Someone That Doesn't Read Contemporary Young Adult:
1. The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot: This is one of my favorite books/series (and has been for eleven years). Princess Mia is the perfect combination of independence, obsessive compulsive habits, and pop culture references. Plus, Michael Moscovitz is THE example of what literary-lust-worthy characters should be.
2. How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr: I don't think I could find a single drawback to this book. A perfect story about family and preconceptions about others.
3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Fantastic story of a film lover attending boarding school in Paris and meeting Etienne St. Clair, the boy on the shorter side with a bangin' accent. Also recommended: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins.
4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: I don't even know how to describe this book except to say that it's awesome. Also, it's becoming a movie in a few months starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, so everyone should read the book before they see the movie.
5. Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty: If you're a jaded high school student in New Jersey, you have to read this. If you're a jaded high school student elsewhere, you need to read this. If you're anyone, you should read this. Jessica Darling is snarky and brilliant. Plus, there are four more books after this one to enjoy. It's a great investment of time.
6. Boy Toy by Barry Lyga: Incredibly well-written story about a relationship between a twelve year old boy and his teacher and how it affects the rest of his teenage years.
7. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney: Inspired by To Kill a Mockingbird, Whitney created a girl whose rape was going to go unpunished until a secret moral council of students steps in. I'm insanely excited to read the sequel, The Rivals.
8. This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen: I would say that this is the best Dessen book to recommend, because this heroine stands out the most to me. Remy is a bitch, but a great one. Plus, the book features a band with a boy named Dexter. I would also recommend Along for the Ride.
9. Looking for Alaska by John Green: Before I read The Fault in Our Stars, I'm going to say that this is the John Green book to read.
10. Going Underground by Susan Vaught: Heartbreaking. I never would have thought that this would be one of the saddest books I've ever read, but it was, in a good way. Del is just such a sympathetic character that you need to hope that his life gets better.
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