Welcome to this week’s Shelfie Picks! We’ve got great recommendations for your weekend reading by the people who know and love books the most — booksellers, librarians and authors. This week we have suggestions based on I Read YA Week. For great new books that fall into the Young Adult genre, we turn to Lori Fazio, manager of R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut, who recommends these three exciting page-turners.
1. Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer (Delacorte Press, May 19, 2015)
Co-written by accomplished author Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer, this is a companion book to their first novel together, Between the Lines. It involves a real girl, Delilah, who falls in love with a fictional character in a book, Oliver. They can talk to each other but they can’t figure out how to be a part of each other’s lives. An interesting concept, Fazio says:
“It’s fun and it reminds you of your first love; those butterflies in your stomach. And it’s very readable even for an adult because it keeps bringing you back for more.”
2. Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story by David Levithan (Dutton Books for Young Readers, 2015)
Dubbed a “musical novel,” it’s a follow-up to Will Grayson, Will Grayson, which was the story of the “big-boned and happily gay” high-schooler who wrote a musical called Hold Me Closer. In that book, they were getting ready to produce the play and The Tiny Cooper Story is the play itself. It reads like a play, too.
Fazio says it’s “funny and also touching” and as she added, in light of the upcoming Openly YA Tour, it’s quite fitting.
3. The Heir, Book 4 of the Selection Series by Keira Cass (Harper Teen, May 2015)
This #1 New York Times bestselling series follows the Illéa’s royal family after a “happily ever after” scenario. Two decades ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. But now, Princess Eadlyn is holding a Selection of her own, and she doesn’t expect a fairy tale ending.
“This series is sort of like The Bachelorette meets The Hunger Games; it’s a little dystopian and sci-fi-ish, and there’s the romance: These girls are competing for the ultimate prize, which is one handsome prince. There’s never a dull moment.”
For more ideas, our own Rachel Carter discusses what could be the greatest YA novels ever written (even if they weren’t known as “YA” at the time of publication). So pick up a good book and help keep our independent bookstores alive.
We’ll be back next week with new recommendations for your next great read. What are you reading this weekend? Share below in the comments!