. Athena's Books: 12 Days of YA Christmas
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

12 Days of YA Christmas

Ok, so here is my answer to the 12 Days of Christmas...the 12 books I most absolutely love and that I think you should read! I've only reviewed a few of them, but I have definetely read them all and think they represent some the best YA out there...just so you will know, I have preference for literary YA rather than just mainstream, sell a lot of copies, and become an overnight sensation type of books.

Dec. 14th...So, on the 1st day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau...if you've read her other novel, Red Glass, you will really enjoy this one. This came to me as an Advanced Reader's Copy...I have an interview with Laura on a previous post. Check the October archives.

Zeeta's life with her free-spirited mother, Layla, is anything but normal. Every year Layla picks another country she wants to live in. This summer they’re in Ecuador, and Zeeta is determined to convince her mother to settle down. Zeeta makes friends with vendors at the town market and begs them to think of upstanding, “normal” men to set up with Layla. There, Zeeta meets Wendell. She learns that he was born nearby, but adopted by an American family. His one wish is to find his birth parents, and Zeeta agrees to help him. But when Wendell’s biological father turns out to be involved in something very dangerous, Zeeta wonders whether she’ll ever get the chance to tell her mom how she really feels—or to enjoy her deepening feelings for Wendell.

Dec. 15th...On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...

Last Dance at the Frosty Queen by Richard Uhlig This is one of those books I just picked up from the library shelf...guess 'cus I'm from Texas and over here we have Dairy Queen. But, it turned out to be a really great read. I recommend it for the older teen and adult since it has scenes inappropriate for a younger audience.
On the dock of a lake in a tiny town at the corner of Nowhere & Nowhere, he sits counting the seconds until his high school graduation—at which point Arthur M. Flood intends to leave his hick life far behind in the brown Kansas dust. That's the plan. Until . . . up from the lake's muddy depths swims a girl. She's not a mermaid, but she is the one who shakes up Arty's life, makes him mad and mad for her, and helps him find a pathway to his past, his future, and where his heart truly lies.

Teens will recognize their own emotional landscape in this steamy, funny, coming-of-age tale in which the heart tries to hide, only to be utterly exposed by love and lust, lost and found.

(These are just product descriptions from the books--not my reviews)

Will post another one tomorrow! I had to put 2 today because I barely got this idea today!