Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Kimberly's Top Ten

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Instead of reading that other cancer kid book, I read this one by a debut author. It was a rollicking, irreverent novel with an endearing, if emotionally stunted and clueless, main character.
Out of Sight, Out of Time by Ally Carter
I had to wait so long for this installment of the Gallagher Girls novels, but it was worth every agonizing second. Adventure, intrigue, twists and turns, and romance as the cherry on top. Now if only I had the final book in the series…
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Novels about first love lost are a dime a dozen, but Handler’s use of the epistolary format, lyrical phrasing and meandering sentences, as well as his perfect depiction of a teenage girl’s roller coaster emotions make this one an intriguing heart-wrenching read.
Five Flavors of Dumb by Antony John
A fascinating novel that was as much about a rock band, friendships and family relationships, as it was the realities of life as a deaf person in a hearing world. I learned just as much about Kurt Cobain as I did about deaf culture.
Keeping the Castle by Patrice Kindl
Jane Austen meets Dodie Smith’s I Capture the Castle in this delightful Regency romance. What the book lacks in substance, it easily makes up in charm and humor.
Son by Lois Lowry
The Giver has long been one of my favorite books, but I’ve always had questions about what the future held for the characters. With this stunning conclusion to the series, Lowry beautifully and respectfully drew the story to a close. Exactly the finale I needed.
I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
It was like one of the creepiest episodes of Criminal Minds in novel form.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
A story about a ten-year-old boy with extreme facial deformities entering school for the first time sounds like the recipe for heartbreak. But Auggie is an endearing little boy with astonishing insights about the people he encounters, and his is a heartwarming story of friendship, acceptance and courage.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Despite the huge cliffhanger ending that had me frantically yelling while listening in my car, this was paranormal romance at its finest. Taylor has created a complex world with fascinating characters caught in a fate not wholly of their own choosing.
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
With strong female characters, fascinating period detail, and surprising twists at every turn, this is historical fiction at its finest.
Honorable Mentions
Black Heart by Holly Black
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick by Joe Schreiber
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay