NPR put together a list of what they consider the best ever teen novels. Some of them are classics, and some were recently published. They’ve announced the top 100, so you should check it out.
I always find polls like this interesting. They are completely subjective, and often turn into nothing more than a popularity contest. Which sometimes angers me if a book I find lacking in writing quality wins over books that are amazingly well-written and have layers and layers of depth—and it happened in this list. But hey, a poll is just for fun.
I found this one particularly difficult, though. Not just because there are 235 in the list, but because of the huge variety. There’s light and fun books next to raw and gritty ones. I like both, but need to be in a particular mood for them. So my favorites reflected the mood I was in at the time of voting, which might be different next week.
There were books missing that I thought should be there (not the classics outlined here, btw), and then there are books on the list that I hated, which I think is to be expected.
I would have liked to see Anna Dressed In Blood and Girl of Fire and Thorns on the winning list, because I think they are far better (and better quality) than several of the ‘winners.’ But that’s me. :) What would you have liked to see make the list?