Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Question of the Midweek: If you could recommend ONE YA book...

...to anyone (let's assume it's someone who actually *likes* to read), what would it be?
Because let's face it, I bet several of you have heard some kind of disparaging comment about YA literature, how it's beneath one's level, how it's superficial, how it's light reading, how it's *gasp* "kiddie lit." What one book would you recommend that proves those thoughts wrong?

My answer...
I'm going to fudge a little, and I'm going to give a whole series instead of just one book.
The one series I'd be able to recommend to the greatest number of people, with the greatest possibility of favorable reception, would be the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series by Rick Riordan. They are so extremely fun, have a witty and endearing cast of characters...but above all, the reason I think adults would be able to appreciate the series...is because it's so clever. The way Riordan seamlessly weaves myth after myth together into modern day America is just pure genius.
I already know several professors (people who read AND WRITE those long academic articles that appear in journals and whatnot FOR FUN!) who swear by this series.
(I gotta admit, though, I'm a little nervous about where the spinoff series - The Heroes of Olympus - is going! I almost wish some of the characters from the original werent in this sequel series!)

So what say you all? What one book or series would you recommend, if you could ONLY recommend one?

6 shout-outs!:

Ash said...

Well what I would recommend would be The Luxe, but I don't think it would really change any of those opinions. So instead I'd probably recommend The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Kristin Rae said...

Oh dear... I guess I'd say the Harry Potter series... Everything is so intricately interwoven throughout all seven books.

Chelle said...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Good writing. Good story. Comics intermixed. I loved that book.

I've only read The Lightning Thief so far but I enjoyed it. It's very cute.

Jillian said...

Haha I would recommend this one too aside of course from the HP series! Also, The Book Thief.

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I've only read The Lightning Thief too, but I loved it! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!

Christina T said...

Excellent question! While I loved the Percy Jackson series and Harry Potter, if I were going to suggest a book that would dispel someone's negative views of YA fiction, it would have to be The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (a close second would be Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys or The Hunger Games).

 
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