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What We're Reading This Weekend: YA Standouts

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The best Young Adult fiction has plenty for grownups to love, from no-holds-barred romantic passions to page-turning plots (only some of which feature vampires). See below for a few that have us in thrall – and let us know what you’re reading!

Just One Day
Sue Corbett, Book Reviewer
Her pick: Just One Day by Gayle Forman

This novel about good girl Allyson’s impulsive decision to spend a day in Paris with a cute actor she’s just met makes me wistful for the college summer I spent backpacking through Europe. But then I remember how my shoulders felt lugging that pack around and I surrender to the voyeuristic pleasure of Allyson’s story about how travel can transform us.


Samantha Miller, Features Editor
Her pick: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I loved the Hunger Games series, so I’m reading Veronica Roth’s books about teens in post-apocalyptic Chicago. It’s a cool concept and there’s lots of action. Plus there’s going to be a movie starring Shailene Woodley – and Theo James (the hot Turkish guy who slept with Lady Mary on Downton Abbey) was just cast as her love interest!

The Fault In Our Stars
Betsy Gleick, Executive Editor
Her pick: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Several people in our house (grownup me, teenage daughter) have been reading The Fault in Our Stars. It’s YA but very adult/crossover, what with the wisecracking teen characters, Hazel and Augustus, who fall in love, and the fact that they both have cancer. I’d hate to give anything away, but this book is hard to put down and the title does, after all, have that Shakespearean echo.