You want something different to read in the New Year. Go past the Adult Fiction section, past the gaggle of teens, and enter the world of Young Adult literature! The YA genre is hot right now, so instead of lagging behind the trend you'll be at the head of the pack. Some of your favorite authors in the grownup world haven't left you behind; you'll find James Patterson, Sherilynn Kenyon, P. C. Cast, John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Gena Showalter, Kathy Reichs, Carl Hiaasen, Jodi Picoult, and more.
Everything that makes an adult novel great, be it the intrigue, drama, romance, adventure, or vampires, can be found in a YA book. Things have come a long way since the days when I read "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret." Teen books are amazingly sophisticated, well-written, and deal with current issues. There's a YA title out there just calling your name, if you're brave enough to wander over to the Teen section.
Try out some of these titles with adult appeal:
"Every Day" by David Levithan - "A" wakes up in a different body everyday, but today he didn't expect to fall in love.
"The Diviners" by Libba Bray - Evie is sent to live with her uncle in 1920s Chicago and finds herself using her powers to track down a killer.
"The Chosen One" by Carol Lynch Williams - Kyra wants to marry but her polygamous community decrees she must wed a 60 year old prophet, who just happens to be her uncle.
"Pathfinder" by Orson Scott Card - Rigg can see into the pasts of others, yet he discovers he can also change them. When you control the past, present, and future who can you trust?
"Leviathan" by Scott Westerfeld - On the eve of World War I, in a world of steam airships and genetically engineered supercreatures, two foes become unlikely allies.
"Alice in Zombieland" by Gena Showalter - Alice falls down the rabbit hole...into zombieland? She must learn to trust bad boy Cole in order to survive.
"The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne - Bruno has no one to play with, except the boy on the other side of the fence. And he must keep it a secret.
"The Raven Boys" by Maggie Stiefvater - Blue is born into a family of psychics, with no powers of her own, until the day she sees one of the Raven Boys will die.
"Halo" by Alexandra Adornetto - Bethany is just like any other teen, if you're an angel sent by Heaven to fight the coming darkness.
---Anna H., Jamestown Bluffs