Top Ten Underrated YA Books

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is about underrated books and/or authors, and I decided to narrow mine down to books in the YA genre.  This list is composed of nine books that I feel not enough people have read, or ones that I loved that not a lot of people talk about or have heard of! I am also including my favourite quote from each book.  So, in no particular order… (click the image to go to goodreads!)

sisters in sanitySisters in Sanity by Gayle Forman

That’s all we can do, Brit. Take steps. Take enough of them and suddenly, you’re somewhere.

Love and other perishable itemsLove and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo

She even takes the goings-on of fictitious characters personally.

smart girls get what they want

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

In fiction, I searched for my favorite authors, women I have trusted to reassure me than not all teenage guys are total ditwads, that the archetype of the noble cute hero who devotes himself to the girl he loves has not gone the way of the rotary phone. That all I had to do was be myself (smart, hardworking, funny) and be patient and kind and he and I would find each other.

As Bea would say, this why they call it fiction.

for darkness shows the stars

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund

Envy hurt exponentially more than heartbreak because your soul was torn in two, half soaring with happiness for another person, half mired in a well of selfpity and pain.

the duff cover

The DUFF: The Designated Ugly Fat Friend

Wesley Rush was the most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High… but he was kind of hot. Maybe if you could put him on mute… and cut off his hands… maybe—just maybe—he’d be tolerable then. Otherwise, he was a real piece of shit. Horn dog shit.

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 Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

For three long years, all I’ve wanted to know was what happened to you. Now… I don’t honestly know if I want you to remember.

wild awake

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

the lost girl

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

What is this power the dead have over the ones they leave behind? It’s strange and beautiful and frightening, this deathless love that human beings continue to feel for the ones they’ve lost.

if you find me

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

Funny how we can’t hold onto time, even when it’s strapped to our wrists.

So tell me: What books or authors do you think are underrated? Are there any of these books that you think you might add to your TBR? Have you read any of these books already? I WANT TO KNOW!

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Top Ten Favourite Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday

A weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish :)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday post is supposed to be about our bookish and/or non-bookish resolutions for the year, but seeing as I already posted that, I’m going to pick my own topic for this week. And I choose to do my top ten favourite quotes! So, in no particular order….

Anna and the French Kiss quote

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

fangirl quote

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

wild awake quote

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

if you find me quote

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch

twenty boy summer quote books

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

twenty boy summer quote weeping

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

dare you to quote

Dare You To by Katie McGarry

pride and prejudice quote

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

shatter me quote folded

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

truth about forever quote

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

So tell me: What are some of your favourite book quotes? Are any of them the same as mine? I WANT TO KNOW!

Review: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

wild awakeTitle/Author: Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith
Publisher/Year: Katherine Tegen Books on May 28, 2013
Genre: YA Contemporary/Realistic Fiction
Series: Nope!
Other Books by Author: None yet!
How I got this Book: ARC from the Publisher (Thank you!) Here’s the link to the book on their website!
Summary From Goodreads: Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy.

My Thoughts copy

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith is a book that I have so much to say about, but I just can’t figure out how to put it into words. I am going to try my best here, but forgive me if it turns into a rambly long mess, or if it is short because I can’t sort out everything in my brain into the review! Okay, here it goes…

Wild Awake focuses on Kiri Byrd, a 17 year old teenage girl who is very accomplished pianist, and who also plays in a band with her best friend and crush Lukas. She has an older brother, as well as an older sister who died in a “car crash” as far as Kiri knows. When Kiri’s parents go on vacation for a whole month, she is excited to be able to do all the things she has been wanting to do – uninterrupted. She wants to practice the piano for 6 hours a day, EVERYDAY, as well as practice with her band, and she will seduce Lukas and make him realize he really wants to be with her, despite “what is best for the band.” BUT, there is a slight hitch in her plans when Kiri receives a mysterious phone call from a man who supposedly has some of her sister’s belongings, and tells her to come pick them up before they’re gone for good.

This phone call changes Kiri’s life. She sets out to find this man and see what he knows about her sister (who she idolized) and ends up taking a major detour – not just in terms of finding this guy, but also in her life. Before she knows it, everything is spiralling out of control for Kiri.

I loved Kiri as a character, even though I didn’t understand her actions sometimes. The events that unfold in this story, and the knowledge that Kiri gains about her sister’s life and death cause Kiri to slowly unravel mentally, to the point where she is extremely unwell, psychologically speaking. Smith writes in the first person perspective in a way that sometimes comes so close to a steam of consciousness way (but not quite) and I found that it really helps you to know what’s going on in Kiri’s mind, because what she is experiencing is something I hope that many people have not experienced nor will experience in the future. It really allows us to see how her sister’s death has affected her mentally, and how she has chosen to deal – or not to deal – with her grief.

Kiri’s adventure also brings her to Skunk, another misunderstood teenager with problems of his own. I don’t want to say to much about him, other than that I really liked him as a character as well, and that I am really REALLY REALLY glad that Kiri ends up with him instead of Lukas, her bandmate.

Final Thoughts

This book was great. When you pick this book up to read you will want to read from the first page all the way to the very last page in one fell swoop. The characters and their personal situations and dilemmas will captivate you, and you will my dying to know how everything is going to end.Favourite Quote

People are like cities: We all have alleys and gardens and secret rooftops and places where daisies sprout between the sidewalk cracks, but most of the time all we let each other see is is a postcard glimpse of a skyline or a polished square. Love lets you find those hidden places in another person, even the ones they didn’t know were there, even the ones they wouldn’t have thought to call beautiful themselves.

Second opinions

Estelle from Rather be Reading says buy it!

Anna from Anna Reads loved it!

Talk to me

Have you read Wild Awake? What did you think of it? Were you also glad that Kiri ends up with Skunk instead of Lukas? What about the writing style – did you enjoy it? If you haven’t read this book, do you think you will be adding it to your TBR list?