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27 August 2008


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I'm with you on a lot of those, Leila - I wouldn't be able to pick one John Green book either (and I haven't even read "Paper Towns" yet but am DYING to), "Absolutely true..." is 100% awesome, "The Book thief" slayed me, and "The golden compass" is beyond words. I'd put one or two graphic novels in there though, perhaps "American Born Chinese," "Blankets," "Persepolis," or "Maus."

Personally, since I haven't read a few on your list, I'd have "Life as we knew it" by Pfeffer, "Thirteen reasons why" by Asher, "Nick and Norah's infinite playlist" by Cohn and Levithan, and "Sold" by McCormick.

Just my two cents! I'm excited to see what everyone else thinks. :)


Good choices! It's interesting to think about what's the best of the past twenty years--especially with the way YA has changed so much in that time period.

If I was making a list like this, I'd definitely have the Uglies quartet by Scott Westerfeld, Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Joss Whedon, and the soon-to-be-published Impossible by Nancy Werlin.


I second the Nick & Norah nomination. As for the John Green book: An Abundance of Katherines, hands down. And I would add The Changeover to the list (as it has become my favorite YA of all time--yes, I am committing to that!) and maybe also Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude, which never seems to get much attention despite being a really excellent book. Oh, and Geography Club, and...crap, this would take too long.


I still haven't read American Born Chinese, Blankets, OR Persepolis. Pathetic, right? I thought about Maus, but it doesn't fit in the 20 year span. You're totally right about Nick & Norah, though I don't know which title I'd bump to make room!

I've been meaning to start Runaways for ages now -- guess I'll have to get to it! Same goes for Impossible.

Changeover came out over twenty years ago -- 1983 or 1984, I think. Geography Club just barely missed the list. I do love that one. I haven't read Skater Dude, so I'll have to add it to my GoodReads list.

And I can't believe I forgot about Heavy Metal and You until just now! I MUST find a way of fitting it in! ARG!!


If I were making a list Nancy Farmer's House of the Scorpion would be on it.


I would advocate for a Robin McKinley book on your list.


Not a 'Weetzie Bat' fan? Gasp! I adored those books in high school. Another essential for me would be 'Feeling Sorry for Celia' by Jaclyn Moriarty, which is probably the funniest, most honest book about high school I've read.

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It took me a couple tries to get into Weetzie Bat, and even now, I have to be in a very particular mood.

Hmm. I might add The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos, which I know has had some category issues. I also think E. Lockhart's Fly on the Wall is brilliant.

Ooh, and Monster by Walter Dean Myers.

Not sure which ones I'd remove from your (excellent) list, except the couple I haven't read.


I forgot Whale Talk. I'd totally put Whale Talk on there. And Goats by Mark Jude Poirier. My husband says it's not YA but I say it is.


i'd have to add 'Tomorrow when the war began' or something to represent John Marsden's Tomorrow series. Wouldn't mind seeing a Horowitz there too. I might get thinking a bit more about this one...

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