YA fiction

YA Shareable Quotes

I really love collecting quotes, especially from books that were meaningful to me. Here are a few I put together–feel free to use them and share around!

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“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”  -Sarah Dessen, This Lullaby

“Maybe some people are just meant to be in the same story.” -Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun

“Someone once wrote that a novel should deliver a series of small astonishments. I get the same thing spending an hour with you.” -E. Lockhart, We Were Liars

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear.” -Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries

“I must stop wishing for things to happen. Because something will happen eventually, and when it does, I’ll be bound to wish it hadn’t.” -Kristin Cashore, Fire
“I loved and lost and survived.” -Rae Carson, Girl of Fire and Thorns


mystery, YA fiction

Unputdownable Young Adult Mysteries

8 YA mysteries

I didn’t set out to write a mystery, at first. But when the Blood Flesh Bone trilogy took me there, well, I was undeniably happy because I love mysteries! I spent my teens and early twenties devouring Trixie Belden books, Elizabeth George, and Patricia Cornwell. I just never thought I could write one.

There are quite a few excellent young adult mysteries out there–here are a few of my favorites:

1. Holding Court by K. C. Held: A wacky, heartfelt mystery with romance and a ton of humor. Highly recommend!

2. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly: Gorgeous historical fiction set in the early 1900s, with true-to-life characters who tugged at my heartstrings.

3. Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn: Another historical mystery, this one is set in the 1950s.

4. The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George: Elizabeth George is a master of mystery. This one ends on a little bit of a cliffhanger, fair warning!

5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart: More of a psychological mystery, it nonetheless had me flipping pages as fast as I could. People either love or hate this one–I personally loved it.

6. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead: This might be considered more middle grade than young adult, but I believe readers of all ages will love this story.

7. Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma: Beautifully written with magical realism, this is a book I could read a thousand times.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray: Not for the faint of heart! This one is terrifying (says the author of gothic mysteries featuring ghosts).