Good evening you guys and welcome back to Blogmas! For today’s post, we’re going to be talking about the three Young Adult debut novels that we’ve read this year and adored to pieces.
I really try to make an effort to read novels by debut authors and to give them a shoutout whenever I can if I loved them (I mean, do we remember my constant talking about Amanda Foody’s Daughter Of The Burning City and now Ace Of Shades???) because I believe in shouting out debut authors as often as possible and getting their names out there. And it doesn’t matter if you have over a thousand followers or ten. Just show your love and appreciation whenever you can!
So, what were the three Young Adult debut novels that stole my heart this year? Well, I’m glad you asked! 😉
I am starting my list off with A List Of Cages by Robin Roe, which was the second book I read this year. And I feel like that should tell you something about how much I loved this book and how it has stuck with me over all these months.
A List Of Cages tells the story of Adam and Julian who used to be foster brothers a couple of years ago but got separated when Julian went to live with a family member. When the story begins, Adam and Julian haven’t seen each other in a couple of years and Adam is working for his school’s psychologist and he’s tasked to get this boy who hasn’t been showing up to his appointments. Turns out, the boy is Julian – Adam’s former foster brother.
I feel like I shouldn’t give you guys too much of a synopsis of this particular book because it’s something you need to experience as you’re reading it. However, I do want to let you guys know that this book deals with child abuse (which at times is described really explicitly) and I don’t want you guys to go into this blind. But if it’s something you can read and deal with, please read this book.
After I read this book back in January, I actually posted a review for it on the blog, so if you would like more of my thoughts on it, please click here.
A List Of Cages, unlike the other books that I will be talking about in a second, hasn’t been talked about as much since the release in January, which really sucks, so this prompt was the perfect opportunity to give this book and Robin Roe a well-deserved shout out!
This book should come as a surprise to absolutely no one: Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give. The book community and everyone somehow involved in publishing has been talking about and praising this book since before it even came out and the hype hasn’t let down either. And deservedly so. The Hate U Give is definitely the type of book that I think every person out there should read. And it doesn’t matter how old you are. With this particular release, there is no such thing as a ‘target audience’. If you’re a human being alive right now, you are the target audience.
The Hate U Give tells the story of 16-year-old Starr who lives in a predominantly black neighborhood with her family while visiting a mostly white school. We follow Starr as she witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer and tries to figure out what she should do: does she tell the truth? Are people going to believe her? Tensions in her neighborhood rise and escalade and Starr is in the middle of it all, trying to do the right thing.
I feel like this is the type of book where I really don’t have to tell you guys much more. It has been talked about so much over the past eight-ish months and is going to be talked about for years to come! We’re also getting a movie adaption that recently wrapped filming, so we’ll see the exposure for this particular book get even bigger – if that is even possible.
As with A List Of Cages, I did also write a review for The Hate U Give so you can click here to find out more of my thoughts on this book!
The last book I will be talking about today is Nic Stone’s, Dear Martin! Dear Martin tells the story of Justyce, a young African-American boy bound for an Ivy League college who quickly releases that none of that matters when a police officer puts him in handcuffs one night. Unfortunately for Justyce, that isn’t going to be his last encounter with a police offer – next time, it’s just not going to work out quite as well. To try and deal with everything that is happening around him, Justyce tries to live by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and examines what they mean in letters to Luther King Jr.- hence the title ‘Dear Martin‘.
Nic Stone did something really fantastic in this book by having her cast of characters be part of a debate class as it gives the characters the opportunity to discuss what is happening around them as it is happening. These debates also reveal how some of Justyce’s classmates really think which, in a way, held up a mirror to a lot of people, I think.
I absolutely flew through this book and I was ready to smash some of these characters over the head because they were being so ignorant and they were saying all of these things we’ve seen actually real-life human beings say over and over again in the media. It was quite frustrating. But! The great thing is, these things are being addressed in the novel. If someone is being misogynistic, they’re getting called out on it. Same thing goes for people being racist – even if it takes a bit of time. But aspects that aren’t okay under any circumstances are being called out and challenged and I really appreciated it.
As with the other two books before, I also wrote a review for Dear Martin, so please click here to read more of my thoughts on the book!
And now it’s once again time to link to you guys’ posts for yesterday’s prompt of the day: Returning Favorites! If you guys want to be featured for any of the upcoming prompts (including today’s) just make sure to write your own post and pingback to the corresponding post of mine so I don’t miss your posts! I can’t wait to see what some of you guys’ responses to the upcoming prompts are going to be!
- Siobhan over at I Am A Book Drunkard shares her returning favorites – including a book/series I hadn’t heard of before!
- Tasya over at The Literary Huntress shares her favorite book to reread!
How about you guys? What were some of your favorite debut Young Adult novels? Have you read the books I talked about here? What did you think about them? Let’s discuss in the comments below and make sure to share your own posts via pingback so I can include you in upcoming posts! See you guys Friday with my Top 4 Sequels And/Or Series Finales!