This is something a bit different for me, but it’s a subject that’s close to my heart 🙂
This week, the Aussie YA Bloggers Group is sharing the #LoveOzYA love across the blogosphere by talking about their favourite Aussie YA (Young Adult) reads!
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What I love about Aussie YA: It’s pretty damn diverse, often quirky and surprising and out there, and umm, just so AUSSIE in flavour! It’s so important for us to read our own stories and voices, as well as reading about other cultures.
Favourite Aussie YA authors: Sooo many… Melina Marchetta, Vikki Wakefield, Fiona Wood, Kirsty Eagar, for a start.
The Aussie YA book I grew up with: As I’m a little older than most of the bloggers in the group, I’d have to say Robin Klein’s books, particularly Came Back to Show You I Could Fly. In those days it was mostly US stuff, like Judy Blume and the Sweet Valley High books, so it was a revelation to read about Aussie teenagers. There definitely wasn’t the variety back then that we have now.
Favourite Aussie YA book released in 2016: Ask an easier question, please! For now, I’ll pick this one: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar was sexy, smart and on point with its subject of sexual inequality between genders, set on an Aussie university campus. One day we won’t need to have books dealing with this subject – I hope!
Aussie YA Debut I’m looking forward to: Yellow by Megan Jacobson. I know, it came out in February this year, and I still haven’t read it and don’t even own it yet! But I’ve read all the other debuts I was excited about, so it will happen, soon 😉
Favourite Aussie YA series: Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden. Yep, a common favourite, but it’s what young Aussies need to read. Happily most Aussie-born kids don’t know what it’s like to live in a war zone, and this series made us think about what would happen if we were invaded. And it made us cry. A lot.
Unexpected Aussie YA surprise: Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie. Not sure what I was expecting, but Clancy (she’s a she) is just so endearingly quirky and awkward. She knows what she wants but is scared to get it, considering the narrow-minded small town she lives in. And it’s more Aussie in flavour than a lamington 😉
Aussie YA Book I always recommend to others: Stay With Me by Maureen McCarthy. This hasn’t had huge publicity, perhaps because Maureen hasn’t got an online presence, but it’s an intense read about a young woman trying to leave an abusive relationship. With toddler in tow. It’s perhaps more NA than YA, given the older MC, but it explains how a smart-enough girl can find herself unable to escape a once-charming boyfriend. Ugh, makes me shiver just writing this…
An Aussie YA book on my TBR: One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn. I’ve only read one of Claire’s so far (The Protected) and I’m really looking forward to this!