19 Dec 2018

Young Adult Picks 2018 - Part Two

Drum roll please - here are our top picks of young adult fiction for 2018 part two! Lucy, our librarian who runs the two Young Adult Book Clubs and our Young Adult Summer Reading Challenge, has picked out her favourite books of the year, reviewed below. 

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

Simon is closeted, even to his closest friends. When another student outs himself anonymously online, Simon writes to him, saying he too, is gay. But when a classmate finds their emails and blackmails Simon into helping him get a date with Simon’s friend Abby, Simon has some big decisions to make. I loved this warmhearted and funny book, and the movie is a faithful adaptation. This was my feel good read for 2018.

simon

 

The Dangerous Art of Blending In – Angelo Surmelis

In Simon is just too cute, this book might be the antidote. Evan Panos is also closeted, but unlike Simon, he doesn’t have a support network. In fact, his strict Greek immigrant Mother is brutally abusive, which makes this book a very challenging read in places. Adding to the pressures of home, school and church, is Henry, who over the course of a summer has become perhaps, something more than just a friend. This book looks at the very real risks many gay teens still face from society and even their own families. It is a hard read, but so worth the effort.

the dangerous art of blending in

Check out more of Lucy's reviews in part one