16 in ’16: Read a Young Author Feedback

by Danielle

Hopefully by now you’ve discovered some great books published by young minds. If not, you still have time to pick up perennial favorites likes St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised By Wolves by Karen Russell or Michael Chabon’s The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. You could pick up a cookbook written by a millennial chef like Hannah Hart’s My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut. And speaking of YouTube stars, until Marina mentioned it, I hadn’t even thought of all the books written by YouTube stars.

I recently read Being Jazz: Mbeing-jazzy Life as a (Transgender) Teen by Jazz Jennings. It’s amazing to think that some teens and young adults have already had enough life experiences to warrant a memoir. Jazz was especially inspiring to listen (she narrates the audio book) and I wanted to learn more about her after.

Alez: If you enjoy historical romance, local author Julia Quinn wrote several books before she turned 30. While all of the Bridgertons are from when she was age 30 and older, her novel Minx is a fun read, and I love her books about the lovely Lyndon sisters. If you’ve never read a romance I would recommend starting with Quinn, her humor and wit make for highly entertaining reads!

Dorothy: I finished Made You Up by Francesca Zappia. It was a great recommendation from a friend who knows the author. Ms. Zappia was in her early 20’s when she published this YA novel. It tells the story of a high school student, Alex, who is trying to make sense of a world which is truly not what it seems. Alex, the protagonist, lives in Indiana and has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. How she figures out what is real and what is not makes her brave story unique and quite believable. I look forward to reading more work by this author.

A few Reader Services Team members chimed in with what they’ve been reading.

 Jocelyn : I just finished re-reading Slave to Sensation, the first book in the Psy-Changeling series. In this book, Sascha, a cardinal psy who thinks she’s defective and may be going crazy, meets Luc51zy3qciyol-_sy344_bo1204203200_as, alpha of the local changeling leopard pack who is hunting for a psy murderer who killed one of his people. This is one of my all-time favorite series, featuring humans, changelings (including predators like leopards and wolves as well as non-predators like deer), and people who have psychic abilities called psy. In each book a couple finds their HEA, but there’s also an overarching story arc featuring the battle between the psy and changelings/humans for world domination. Slave to Sensation was published in 2006, when Nalini was 29.

Ruth: I think Lucy Knisley (who is now 31 years old) published Relish and Age of License before she turned 30. (But I was never great at math…)

Marina: I listened to Popular by Maya Van Wadownloadgenen. Even though the voice of the book was mature and sophisticated I was definitely still reminded of the fact that the author was an 8th grader. I thought it was a good book and I’m glad it fell into my lap. I found it by way of a list of humorous books but I didn’t find it overly funny. Except for maybe the modern teen reaction to living life as dictated by the norms of the 1950s or 1960.

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