By Angel Gouvas
I began reading young adult books when I started high school and have been in love ever since.
There’s something about books written for teens that capture something so incredible, it’s hard to ever stop reading. These books explore family, friends, romance, heartbreak, coming of age – life, in a nutshell.
And while I love reading books from all over the world, there is something special about books that are homegrown. Here, I thought I would share some of my top #LoveOzYA books from the last couple of years.
Every series by Ellie Marney: You won’t know what’s going to happen next and what twist will turn your view. This series inspired by Sherlock is addictive. With characters that are raw, real and relatable, you’ll be immediately intrigued. And with a series that starts off with finding a body – yes, you’re in for a ride!
Frankie by Shivaun Plozza: The first thing that came to mind when I started this book was Melbourne. Plozza was able to capture that Melbourne spirit in a book about belonging, heartbreak and finding yourself. With an angry protagonist that is hard to get along with at times and a mystery that keeps you guessing, it’s one you won’t want to put down.
The Yearbook Committee by Sarah Ayoub: This one follows five very different protagonists, who, in their last year of high school, have come together to complete their school’s yearbook. It’s full of diversity and steps away from stereotypes. With its compelling writing and intriguing characters, it captures the reader from the start and doesn’t let go.
Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil: If you want a book that will make you smile – this is it. It’s full of pop culture references, friendship, family and romance. The characters are intriguing and you want to see where they end up. With captivating writing and a plot that you will fall in love with, it’s a perfect ‘friends to something more’ novel that will warm your heart.
Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley: This one is an emotional read, so make sure you have tissues nearby. Words in Deep Blue is a heartfelt book of grief, family and love, with stories that intertwine and a romance that you just want to work out. Set in a bookstore that includes a letter library – where letters between lovers, friends and strangers are marked forever on pages – this one is for all book lovers.
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah: I fell in love with this book as soon as I picked it up. It’s not an easy book to read, to say the least, but it’s so important. When Michael Met Mina explores family, friendship and standing up for what is right. It’s how two people with very different backgrounds come together and fall in love.
Angel Gouvas is MWF’s 2017 PR intern. Angel has been blogging and reviewing under ‘Angel Reads’ for the last six years. She has a strong passion for young adult literature, particularly in promoting the need for diversity in YA and #LoveOzYA. She is currently studying a bachelor of communications in public relations at RMIT.