Typically when I do a book review post, I’m only reviewing one book.  However, I’ve been lucky enough this spring and summer to have a chance to read some great books that I didn’t have time to review. So, instead, I wanted to highlight a few of these books that I found particularly enjoyable.  The regular style of reviewing will return in a few weeks when my semester is over.

 

Divergent and Insurgent by Veronica Roth

It’s no secret that I enjoy dystopian fiction and the first two books of the Divergent series certainly do not disappoint.  Tris is the type of heroine I adore: strong, but imperfect, and willing to fight for what she thinks is right whether it has to do with her society, her family, or her love.  The setting Roth creates is vivid and both compelling and horrifying at the same time.  And who couldn’t love Four?

 

Graceling and Fire by Kirstin Cashore

Graceling and Fire are the first two books in Cashore’s Gracling Trilogy.  Though the two exist in the same world, they are not sequels; in fact, Fire is more of a prequel.  They both have a few other things in common, as well: powerful but vulnerable heroines who know their own minds,  love interests that respect the heroine’s strength and decisions, an suspenseful adventure, and a wondrous setting.  Cashore creates a world that’s beautiful, scary, and so vivid you feel like you jumped into the action yourself.

 

Sweethearts by Sara Zarr

This is the type of book that will break your heart, piece it together, and then break it all over again. It’s impossible to read this without completely loving Jennifer and Cameron and hoping for everything to work out with both of them.  This isn’t the book to read if you want a tidy resolution, though, and I respect Zarr for that.  However, if you want something that will make you appreciate the impact people can have on each others lives, Sweethearts will give you that and much more.

 

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

Prior to this, I had never read anything by Levithan.  I had read a few of Green’s books, and while I enjoyed them, he isn’t necessarily one of my favorite authors.  This combined effort, however, I loved.   Green and Levithan alternate chapters written from the point of view of their particular Will Grayson.  While this sounds confusing, it actually is a really interesting way to draw you into the story and weave the two lives together.  Both of the Will Graysons are such endearing characters (though I ended up preferring Levithan’s).

 

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

This one is a little different in that it’s not YA and I”m not entirely sure how I feel about it.  I honestly can’t tell if this book is genius or terrible.  Either way, it’s definitely worth checking out.  In the grand tradition of Palahniuk, the story is never what it seems.  It is really satisfying when it all starts to click, though.  Plus, like most of his books, it includes some very choice lines you’ll find yourself wanting to highlight.