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Welcome back my blogging friends!
As you all know, this is the last day of Armchair BEA. I really would have liked to do both topic today, but due to lack of time, I'm forced to stick with only one. And since Offbeat YA is - as the title itself states - a young adult book blog, I will delve into such topic of course :)
Shocking reveal: I'm an adult. As in, I was a teen a long time ago. Nowadays it's fashionable to read YA, for those who aren't teens anymore...but I don't suppose there are many people in their forties who do so (someone please prove me this statement is not accurate!). Anyway, back when I was first drawn to the world of international YA lit (around 1997, I think), the genre wasn't fashionable yet. And I thought I was a weird individual with a guilty fascination for books not intended for my peers. Only much later - when I discovered Goodreads and all the great blogs out there - was I to find out I wasn't alone.
So well, why YA? Because I need the weirdness, the magic (or even black magic), the freedom that the genre provides. Because its world seems to hold no boundaries. Because of the child inside. I've been on a YA roll these latest three years or so, and it doesn't mean I won't read any Adult anymore - actually, I've got some in my TBR list at the mo - but right now, I'm still feeling that old pull. And till I'll found a good YA book to read, I proudly will.
And now, some recommendations for you...
Remember Me by Christopher Pike
The book that got me into YA (and afterlife novels). One of my absolute favourites. And my very first review :).
Cold Awakening Trilogy by Robin Wasserman:
My favourite trilogy. So underrated.
Sweethearts by Sara Zarr
I love me a good contemporary if it's not romance-driven. This one, despite the title, is not.
As for middle grade, I haven't read it since I was a kid. And by saying this, I'm not debasing anyone who still takes pleasure in this kind of books, of course. How could I? Just think about the prejudices that any adult YA reader like me has to endure. It's just that I have found my natural home in YA, and I'm not drawn to middle grade at this stage. But there is a MG book that has stayed with me all these years (I mean physically), and that I still find myself reading from time to time...Momo by Michael Ende. It's timeless. It's ageless - in the sense that anyone, at any age, can feel its magic. And I recommend it to...anyone. Especially those who think they know everything about time, or lack thereof...because, really, they don't.
For more recommendations, I strongly encourage you to check out my Reading Rooms in the left column, or my Categories list (also by star number) in the same place. Happy reading!