When people find out I write YA, I get one of two questions, sometimes both.
1. Are you published? (What's your book called? I want to buy it! Etc.)
2. Oh, my son/daughter isn't much of a reader (OR they love to read!), do you have any recommendations?
Both questions make me a little nervous, if I'm being honest, but the second ones puts my stomach in a knot.
See, I live in Utah. Most of my acquaintances have a more conservative view of the world than I do. I've recommended books (and written books) I thought were clean only to have someone be upset about how inappropriate the book was for insert-whatever-reason-here. There are also books I know NOT to recommend because many would find the content questionable, even though I absolutely loved them and thought the messages were powerful.
Today I'm going to gush over these books, because I'm tired of keeping them to myself. Just know that if you're looking for "cleaner" reading experiences, these might not be for you.
Oh my goodness, this book is amazing. It takes a lot for me not to put down a book (I mean, I could put down The Hunger Games), but I could not stop reading The Secret Year. Nick stayed up late and read it in one sitting.
It's an honest look at loss and how ones copes (and often doesn't cope) with it. It's one of my favorite reads this year.
You all know how much I love this book. I've written about it a few times.
Another awesome, raw look at death and loss and the choices we have to make. Mia and Adam are one of my favorite ever couples, and the writing was just gorgeous.
This is one of my favorite books of all time. Junior's voice, his story and humor, was what made me want to try and write a male MC.
Working for the Multicultural Student Services office at BYU, I found this account of reservation life painfully true to what my friends talked about.
I adored this whole series. The style is distinct and reads quick. The story and characters feel so real and honest. It's gritty without being overkill, at least to me. It's paranormal with a contemporary feel.
Okay, so there are my "I want to recommend but worry people will get offended" books. Do you have any books you love, but keep to yourself?