If you've been paying attention to the various trailers being unleashed in the wake of Breaking Dawn -- Part 2 last November, you'll notice a fevered pitch by the studios to plant their flag in the sand in the newest 'hot' sub-genre.
As long as we continue to hide the dark parts of our lives and present a one-sided story to the outside world, there will be girls and boys like I was, aching to find characters that show them all the different ways of dealing with life's actual problems.
I wanted to make sure that this list was representative of all the letters in the QUILTBAG spectrum. I focused on books with a positive outlook, and I aimed for a mix of "classics" and new books while also seeking out characters of color.
Along with the rising popularity of dystopian novels in young adult fiction, Greek mythology retellings are finding their way more and more into teen books. Whether it's about Persephone, Medusa or the Furies, no Olympian or ancient myth is safe from YA novelists.
By focusing on action at the expense of introspection, The Hunger Games misses an opportunity to teach a real lesson about cyclical violence, the role we all play in perpetuating it, and our responsibility to make the right decisions.
These books that deal with anorexia, cyber-bullying, self-mutilation, alcoholic parents, and vampiric sex strike a nerve with teenagers because of the intense developmental and social changes they're experiencing.
Sleator was one of the very few "YA" authors I loved when I was young. Earlier this year, I read a bunch of them out of curiosity, and realized that they're really ingenious, elegantly constructed novellas.