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Best Young Adult Books with Joli Huynh, Actin’ Up With Books

Joli Huynh | The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing By C.K. Kelly MartinThe Sweetest Thing You Can Sing

By C.K. Kelly Martin

C.K. Kelly Martin has a way of stirring up emotions in a subtle, quiet way that you don’t even realize that it is happening until it consumes you. That is exactly what she has done with her latest novel The Sweetest Thing You Can Sing. With her story, Martin captures the experiences of a girl growing up, figuring out what she wants, and finding her voice. She explores the confusion and complexity of maturing relationships with compassion.

Ages 14+ | Publisher: Dancing Cat Books | Sept. 1, 2014 | ISBN-13:  978-1770864115

MELT- There Is No Place Like HomeMelt

By Selene Castrovilla

Fans of novels written in verse will appreciate this story of survival and love. It is gripping and moving and so satifying. Castrovilla has a way of bringing the reader into the scene with character. I didn’t feel like I was just reading what was happening to the characters, but I was there experiencing it with them. Melt is a book that I couldn’t stop reading until the very end. And when I did finish those last pages, all I could think was Wow, that happened. And it was powerful.

Ages 14+ | Publisher: Last Syllable | Nov. 6, 2014 | ISBN-13:  978-0991626106

Adrenaline Crush By Laurie Boyle CromptonAdrenaline Crush

By Laurie Boyle Crompton

I want more people to know about Laurie Boyle Crompton so I am including her on a Top Five list for the second time. Her books have a social conscienceness to them and she definitely has something to say. She always gets her point across without being preachy and with lots of humor. She makes readers laugh and makes readers think at the same time. I’m drawn to Adrenaline Crush because it is about a female dare-devil, Dyna, who likes to take risks and push limits and she definitely wouldn’t be considered the social norm. I don’t know of many characters who are this brazen in contemporary YA, and I want to know what she’s all about.

Ages 12-18 | Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux | Sept. 23, 2014 | ISBN-13: 9780374300616

Foreign Exchange By Denise JadenForeign Exchange

By Denise Jaden

Denise Jaden moved me beyond words with her previous novels Losing Faith and Never Enough. She writes dynamic stories often focusing on sibling relationships and how they affect other relationships as the characters come into their own. Foreign Exchange has two sets of siblings who have their own complicated relationships, add in some travel and a little bit of romance, and it will undoubtly make for an interesting read.

Ages 14+ | Publisher: Evernight Teen | Oct. 9, 2014 | ISBN-13: 9781772330489

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories By Stephanie PerkinsMy True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

Edited by Stephanie Perkins

Anthologies are a great way to become introduced to new authors. They are also a fantastic way to get new selections from authors that we already love. In this holiday collection, readers get some of the YA all-star authors all in one place. While the stories are set during the winter, like most holiday tales, I expect them to be timeless and can be enjoyed all year round.

Ages 14+ | Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin | Oct. 14, 2014 | ISBN-13: 978-1250059307

Joli Huynh of Actin’ Up With Books is a reader, reviewer, and gal with entirely too many books. You can find her on Twitter (@ActinUpwb) and Southern Book Bloggers where she is a regular contributor. Check out more of Joli’s picks for  “Best Young Adult Books ” on The Children’s Book Review.

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