5 YA Books You Should Read This Christmas Break with Ashley Chegwyn
If you're anything like me, work, uni, school and your social life keep you busy all year round, so much so that your reading time is invaluable. There may be only a few weekends each year that you find yourself able to sit down with a book and as such, you want to make sure that you're reading something worthwhile.
This Christmas, I've done the hard work for you and found five YA books that are definitely worth the read. Whether you're lying on the beach or chilling in the air con, these books will keep you turning pages:
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Rowell is better known for Eleanor and Park, but Fangirl is my absolute favourite book of hers. It follows Cath, a university freshman who also happens to be a rising star in the fanfic community, as she tries to adjust to university life. There's a party-loving twin sister, a wise roommate and some writerly friends who try to help her find away. Did I mention there's a cute guy? A really cute and sweet guy? The romance in this book will have you wanting to go back to uni, if you've already graduated.
Remind Me How This Ends by Gabrielle Tozer
This book speaks to me on so many levels. Milo has just finished high school and has decided to take a gap year, while his girlfriend has headed to the city for university. Not only does he have to deal with his overbearing mother but his old friend, Layla, returns to town after being away for a while. However, she isn't the same person he remembers. It's a tale of two kids trying to figure out the next steps of their lives. Pretty relatable, even to an adult.
Moment(s) by Lisa Terry
I will openly admit that I have an obsession with boy bands, so this book was right down my alley. The main character is Julian McLaine, a Scottish rocker, who finds himself the girl of his dreams and whisks her away on tour with him and into his crazy life. Fame and rabid fans are the least of their problems though. There's a murderer on the loose and it looks like it wants to decrease the fandom. It's a great, quirky book that's definitely different to many other books that focus on that rockstar life.
Turtles All The Way Down by John Green
There were mixed reviews about this book with many people thrown off by the narrator, Aza, and her very distinctive thoughts. Aza is a high school student who pursues the disappearance of billionaire, Russell Pickett, who also happens to be the father of Davis, a boy she went to camp with. With the help of Aza’s best friend Daisy, the trio work together to try and solve the disappearance of Russell, while Aza simultaneously deals with her crippling anxiety. The book has the typical John Green tropes, so it's pretty awesome.
The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee
Gossip Girl left a giant void in my life. Before Dynasty, the only thing that came close to filling it was McGee’s book. It's set 100 years in the future and follows the privileged teenagers that live in one of the tallest buildings in New York. There's drama, betrayal, forbidden romances and of course those on the highest floor have the furthest to fall. It kept me on the edge of my seat.
BONUS: Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
I felt like I was cheating putting this book on the main list, so I decided it could be bonus content. Almost Midnight is a collection of two short stories written by Rowell that also feature the amazing illustrations of Simini Blocker. The first short story is absolutely gorgeous and is so relatable that I've read it six times. It’s also set on New Year’s Eve, so for an even better experience read it right before the clock strikes midnight.
Thanks for the great holiday recommendations Ashley!
To those of you who have been keeping up with our blog this year, and supporting our leap into the unknown of business, we thank you with all our hearts! Wishing you all an amazing, book filled holiday season, and an epic start to 2018!
Jords & Mel