Friday, January 1, 2010

The Very Comprehensive YA `09 Book Survey

OK, this thing is huge, but I had to participate. If you decide to dive in as well, leave your answers in the comment box or a link to your blog. All-righty, I'm going to try this even with a massive food hangover (Can you get iodine poisoning from eating too many crab legs? I think I came close last night...).


Most Imaginative: The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
Funniest: The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Scariest: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Edgiest Contemporary: Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
Creepiest SF/Dystopia: The Hunger Games/Catching Fire
Best Love Story: Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles


Most Hilarious: The yoga scene in My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters (C'mon, farting is always funny!)
Scariest: Living Dead Girl. The whole book.
Most Disturbing: See above.
Steamiest: Ooooh, the de-virgination scene in Perfect Chemistry. Any scene between John and Meg in Going Too Far.
Most Exciting: All of Catching Fire.
Biggest Tear-Jerker: Everything that happens in the hotel room between Marcus Flutie and Jessica Darling in Perfect Fifths. I waited a loooong time for this...
Best (spoiler-free, now) Plot Twist/Revelation: Even though I was pretty confident about where it was going, the Jace/Clary are they? aren't they? plotline throughout the Mortal Instruments series kept me turning the pages to find out.


Best Couple: Jessica Darling and Marcus Flutie. Patch and Nora from Hush, Hush.
Who You'd Want as Your Best Friend: Ruby Jacinski from Ten Cents a Dance, Jessica Darling.
Who You Fell in Love With: Alex from Perfect Chemistry, John from Going Too Far, Nick from the Demon's Lexicon, and, of course, Marcus Flutie.
Worst Villian: The nasty mean girls in Some Girls Are.
Best Character Twist (Loved him/her, Hated him/her, Loved him/her again--or something like that): Uncle Macon in Beautiful Creatures, Alan in The Demon's Lexicon
Best Character Names: Tamsin from Once a Witch and Ruby Jacinski from Ten Cents a Dance
Worst Character Names: Peeta. Great character, awful name.
Favorite All-Around Kick-Ass Female: Katniss from The Hunger Games
Favorite All-Around Kick-Ass Male: Gale from The Hunger Games, and, in his own way, Liam from King of the Screwups, Jace from the Mortal Instruments.


Best Book Cover: I really like the retro flair of The ABCs of Kissing Boys.
Best Title: Going Bovine.
Most Memorable Voice: Sutter Keely in The Spectacular Now.
Most Memorable First Line: "There is a certain kind of girl the goblins crave." (Lips Touch Three Times)
Best Setting: New York City in the Mortal Instruments series.
Most Beautiful Writing: Sarah Dessen's writing in Along for the Ride.


Will Any of the YA Books You Read in 2009 Make Your Life List of Favorite Books?

The Hunger Games/Catching Fire. Definitely.

Thanks to Kody Keplinger for the template!


  1. The ones that I have read I completely agree with. You've given me some books to check out though. I am a huge supporter of Going Too Farm, best book of 09 in my opinion. I find it hard to believe that anything can out do Some Girls Are this year either. Cheers.

  2. Dude, I really need to read the Jessica Darling books.

  3. I'm too scared to read Living Dead Girl. Is that terrible? And I'm with Kody, apparently I really need to read the Jessica Darling books.

  4. Cool roundup! I love YA lit and will have to delve in.