It’s that time of year, and we are all thinking about our 2010 bests. While I definitely have some favorites, I also have a few disappointments. I’m going to share my top three and my bottom three (in no particular order).
Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Yes, TWO out of two librarians recommend this book. Why? Because it’s fabulous, that’s why. If you like books about real people – if you like Glee ( yes, really) – if you’d like to understand what is going on in boy’s heads – you’ll love this book.
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
I didn’t have huge hopes for this book. The premise kind of reminded me of Groundhog Day (that old movie with Bill Murray), but boy was I wrong. I loved it. I knew how it was going to end – sort of – but I couldn’t stop myself from becoming completely engrossed in the story and the characters. This is one that shouldn’t be missed.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Okay, I know that some people weren’t blown away by this final book in the trilogy. While I wasn’t sure that I was “happy” with it at first, the further I get away from it, the more I like it. Does that make sense? When I think about it in the larger story arc, I think it ended in the only way that it could have ended (although I’ll forever be a Gale girl).
(not the worst books – just the biggest disappointments)
Room by Emma Donoghue
While this isn’t specifically a YA book, it definitely could be. It has gotten such huge buzz, but I was left with a “meh” feeling after reading it. It was okay, but I didn’t feel a connection to the characters and I felt like the author used the boy’s voice as a crutch to get away with a lot. A book with a similar premise – that I personally think is much better – is Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. Wow. Talk about a book that is equally horrifying and wonderful (but not for the faint of heart).
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
I’m a little suprised to find this one on my list because I started it with such huge hopes (yes, it’s my list – but I’m still surprised). 🙂 I loved the idea behind the story, and it was completely original. But…I didn’t really believe any of it could really happen. I didn’t buy into the way the characters behaved or how it all finally was resolved. However, I seem to be in the minority on this one, so you might want to give it a try yourself.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Again, started out with a bang -action, excitement, gore – and then everyone started dying. Everyone. It’s hard to get invested in the characters when they all die! I don’t know. I quickly lost steam with this one. I’ve got The Dead Tossed Waves sitting on my shelf, so I’ll give it a try…but with much lower expectations this time.