Miss Amanda’s Best YA of 2010

admin    December 29, 2010

So many books, so little time.  Although my stack of “to reads” never looks any shorter, when I go through my list of my “have reads in 2010” there’s a lot of good stuff.  So here are my winners in some made up categories for the best books I’ve read this year.

Best What’s Old is New

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty.  I don’t understand how it took me so long to find this series but I’m definitely catching up for lost time.  McCafferty takes Jessica Darling through high school, college and then into the “real world” beyond school.  PS – Marcus Flutie, marry me!

Best Dystopian Book That Makes Panem Look Like Disneyland

The Knife of Never Letting Go, book one in the Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness.  These books are intense and downright dangerous to your health, they are that good.  You’ve been warned.

Best Sequel

Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld.  Either reading and enjoying the fabulous illustration by Keith Thompson or listening to the incredible narration by Alan Cumming, you can’t go wrong with this book.  Has replaced Mockingjay on my “writer write faster” list as I impatiently wait for October and Goliath.

Best Book That Will Make You Cry

Half-Brother by Kenneth Oppel.  I don’t know what it is about animal books that make me cry but this one was a doozy.  It also helped that the story was  funny and raised important issues about animal rights and what it means to be a family.

Best Collaboration

TIE! Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan & Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.  I don’t think it’s any coincidence that David Levithan co-wrote two of my favorite books this year.  Probably why I already have his latest coming out next week, Lover’s Dictionary already on hold.

Best New Supernatural Kid on the Block

White Cat, book 1 in the Curse Worker’s series by Holly Black.  Step aside Harry Potter, there’s a new tortured soul, super powerful, incredibly hot hero in town.  Leave it to Holly Black to combine deadly supernatural powers, mob drama and family issues all in one book.  Dear Cassel, marry me!

Best Graphic Novels

TIE! I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly & Mercury by Hope Larson.  Both stories have an oddness to them that appeals to me, a little dark, a little quirky and incredibly art.  These ain’t your mom’s Archie comics!

Best Fantasy

Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta.  Although this is Printz winner Marchetta’s first fantasy novel, it reads like a modern Lord of the Rings.  It has everything you need in an epic, devastating curse, lost love, misplaced kingdom, magical weapons and cannibals.  It will break your heart and then make you whole again, another sign of an amazing novel.

Now that you’ve seen mine, what’s on your best of the year list?  Any you disagree with?  Anything special you’re waiting for in 2011?