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I thought a lot how I’d approach this list and how I’d definite older. It’s easier to get swept away in all the new releases that we forget the fact that we miss out on some of the “older” books that may have not been the biggest and most buzzed about books out there! I also had in mind that, like me when I first got into blogging, people who just got into the YA genre might have missed out on knowing what a lot of the great, “older” YA books are. I only knew because I had very avid YA reader friends through blogging that helped me catch up with those “ESSENTIAL MUST READ LISTS”.
So, the way I decided to approach this list is if I were talking to somebody who had JUST started getting into reading and I wanted to give them a list of books that weren’t new releases but “older” books that could easily be passed over.
1. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (published in 1999): I wasn’t even really a YA reader when I read this book. I guess also because the YA scene wasn’t like it is now. Anywho, this book is HILARIOUS. Should be a “required reading” for all YA readers!
2. Not That Kind Of Girl by Siobhan Vivian (published in 2010): Ok this one is not super “old” but I could see it getting glossed over to a new YA reader. I know I did until some great blogger friends mentioned it to me. I shall be reviewing it soon!
3. The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson (published 2010): This one isn’t super old either but I really think it is a really powerful and truly moving book that I don’t want to get lost in the shuffle of other really moving stories. This one has a lot of heart and beauty.
4. Sloppy Firsts by Jessica Darling (published in 2001): I know this is super popular in the blogging community — it’s always on these Top ten lists — but I don’t want the newer generation of readers to EVER EVER skip over this series. My little sister is 17 and I just got her into the series and she just adores it. I love that all these years later after it’s published teens still resonate with it so well. It doesn’t feel outdated.
5. Crank by Ellen Hopkins (published in 2004): Ellen Hopkins is my go-to when it comes to novel in verse. This is one of my favorites and I read it early on in my YA reading journey.
6. Anything Judy Blume: You have to at least read ONE Judy Blume book if you love YA since she like INVENTED IT. Haha ok maybe not invented it but YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN. I devoured all of them but especially Are You There God, It’s Me Margaret, Tiger Eyes and Forever!
7. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson (published in 2008): Great, great middle grade historical fiction! It’s just SO good and I don’t often read MG. I think it’d be great in a classroom!
8. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (published in 2002): Stargirl is a FABULOUS character and this book is so quirky! Would be a shame if people stopped reading this one!
9. The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen (published 2004): Lots of great contemps out there — wouldn’t want people to forget some of Dessen’s older books!
10. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (published 2003): Fans of historical fiction must read this one!
Have you read any of these? What are a few books that you don’t want people to forget?