What I Read in May 2015: Young Adult Books

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Last year, I have to split my Booking It posts into Young Adult and Adult books for May. Apparently, May is the month I read the most. Maybe it’s graduation in the air that makes me want to devour young-adult books. Maybe it’s the release of Modern Mrs. Darcy’s Summer Reading Guide. Or maybe it’s the fact that Mr. V and I go to the school library and check out a giant stack of books, since they’re closed for the summer and let us.

So since I read 11 books this May, I decided to split the list again. Here are the books I read from the YA section.

geographyofyouandmeThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith was the first book that jumped out to me off the MMD Summer Reading Guide. My library had it available on Overdrive, so I read it right away.

Now don’t get me wrong – I read the whole thing in two sittings, I think. It is a quick and sweet read about two teens who meet by chance during the NYC blackout, then both move away. And while they find other relationships, they keep feeling drawn back together.

But I was expecting to get more travel vibe from it, and the story just hasn’t stuck with me. Not as good as I was hoping. (For $2.99 on Kindle, though, it’s a fun read for a rainy day.)


Which brings me to Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Want to fill some wanderlust longings, teen nostalgia, and read a great tale? This one will do it. After Amy’s father dies, her mother moves to Connecticut from California, leaving Amy behind to finish her school year. But Amy needs to get her mom’s car – and herself – to the East Coast. Enter Roger, an old and forgotten family friend, who also needs to trek there. Good-girl, grief-stricken Amy faces herself, her past, and her future as they traverse the country.

I just loved the energy behind the writing and the story, and when I closed the book, I wanted to cry. So I deem it a 5-star read. (Another Modern Mrs. Darcy pick!)

ravenboysThe pink-haired librarian at our public library and I often talk YA books, and she suggested The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater a while back. I was kind of turned off by the title and weird cover, but she totally wins. This is the first of a quartet of books, three of which are released. Blue is the daughter, niece, ancestor, etc, of psychic women. After an encounter with an apparition on St. Mark’s Eve, Blue becomes entangled in the prep-school world of Gansey and his friends Adam, Ronan, and Noah.

The group is dealing with an other-worldly adventure, a quest, and the book moves so fast you’ll have to reread to catch it all. I LOVED it, and here’s my dilemma: do I read the other two published books now and then wait impatiently until February 2016, when The Raven King is released; or do I wait and read the other two right before the fourth one comes out? I CAN’T DECIDE!!

beforeifallI know I’ve heard of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver from many others, but I couldn’t tell you who.

Samantha is a teenaged popular party girl. (Honestly, I wasn’t sure I even wanted to read this book after the first two chapters. There is a lot of cursing, drinking, stupid teenage stuff – all the stuff that made me feel very “other” in high school.) But one icy night after a party, Samantha dies in a car crash. And that’s just the first chapter.

As a gift … or a curse … Samantha then relives the last day of her life seven times. We don’t know why or how, but as Sam lives out different possibilities, she finds a better version of herself.

Like I said, I wasn’t even sure I would finish this book, but once I got into it I stayed up way too late reading and had to make myself sleep. Something about it is very riveting and pageturning.


Stay tuned for the other seven books I read in May: Christian fiction, an old book written in Yiddish, a so-so audiobook, three memoirs, and another great Liane Moriarty tome.

Have you read any good YA books lately?


2 thoughts on “What I Read in May 2015: Young Adult Books

    • Fairest is just OK in my opinion, but it is nice to fill in the story a little. I read a blog post from Marissa Meyer about how some people don’t even want to read Fairest because they don’t want to have sympathy for Levana. I find that really bizarre!

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