It is December 21st which means it is the first day of the FIVE Challenge. What is the FIVE challenge I hear you ask....click here for an explanation. Until the end of the month I will be counting down by top 5 lists in a variety of categories.
Today is Great Debuts. In no particular order here are my selections.
Anna and The French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
Oooh la la. Take one well rounded teen girl, plonk her in a foreign land and have her meet a guy called St Clair. Together this equates to one of the best developed relationships (not just romance but relationship/friendship) that I have read in the past few years. This is a story about a girl acclimatising to change in a way that accurate depicts how it feels to be in a beautiful place but feel isolated by means of language, geography and courage. Perkins’ debut is smashing and should be read immediately. (Persnickety Snark review.)
Stolen – Lucy Christopher
As I have said over and over and over again, this book is intense. It is visceral. It manages to make its audience feel the heat and grit of the Australian outback, emphasize with a conflicted kidnap victim and sympathise with the vile kidnapper. A captivating (ha, I made a pun) read that will make you eager to read more of Christopher’s work. (Persnickety Snark review.)
A Match Made in High School – Kristin Walker
Hear ye, hear ye. Walker’s debut is fun, fun, fun. It is also a debut that people have seemingly forgotten about with the end of year debut rush. There is a friendship that develops (that of the non-romantic kind) between the protagonist and a guy that really rang true for me. The relationships is characterised by pranks and snarky comments but deep down is loyal and warm. Definitely worth tracking down as students in this school are married off for the sake of the principal’s disenchantment with marriage – no, I am not kidding. Get your hands on this book now! (Persnickety Snark review.)
The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson
Bliss. It was a fantastic read to start the year off and not many have been able to equal it. Grief, poetry and yearning – it is one beautifully composed tale of sisters, love and those that move on. I just want to sigh every time I think about it. (Persnickety Snark review.)
Wood has experience in writing scripts for television and it shows. Her story moves along with humour and angst all through the eyes of a thoroughly normal kid who’s having a particularly bad run of things. What is most remarkable is that she presents the quirkiness and light of teen boys while depicting their sensitivity and heart. Worth a big, fat kiss….and buy it too! (Persnickety Snark review.)
Tomorrow - FIVE Great Covers
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