Our newest YA Junkie is a fellow blogger and teen lit aficionado, Candice. She’s one of the most thoughtful, thorough YA book bloggers we’ve ever come across, and she writes about deep cultural issues in addition to which fictional boys she finds swoon-worthy. Like most of our kindred spirits, she is also a Melina Marchetta devotee, Jonah Griggs lover, and “Hunger Games” fangirl.
Name, if you’re out about your addiction: Candice, aka The Grown-Up YA
What you do: I’m an event coordinator by day, aspiring writer and book blogger by night
How long have you been reading YA: I’m going to say 2009? I picked up a copy of “Twilight” and never looked back.
Who are some of your “must-read-everything-they-write” authors: I recently discovered Melina Marchetta and now am dying to read more of her work. I don’t think I have any authors who I simply HAVE to read everything they have ever written, but there are several who if they wrote it, I’ll read it regardless of what it’s about because I know it’ll be good. Those authors include Meg Cabot, Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray… I’m sure there are others but off the top of my head those are the tops!
Favorite fictional boyfriends: Oh, where do I begin? Michael Moscovitz from “The Princess Diaries,” clearly; Jace Whateverhescallinghimselfthesedays from “The Mortal Instruments” series; Jonah Griggs from “Jellicoe Road”; and Four from “Divergent.” I know these boys probably get around and are many others’ favorite fictional boyfriends, but what can I say? They’re all yummy!
What’s the last YA book that blew you away and why? Wow… there are so many that blew me away, I don’t even know where to start on this! Most recently I’d have to say “Jellicoe Road” by Melina Marchetta. I can’t even begin to describe how much it blew me away. But overall I’d have to go with “Divergent” by Veronica Roth as a book that blew me completely away and made me think “Yes! This is why I love Young Adult fiction!”
Which YA books will you forever keep on your bookshelves: I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t bought many YA books. Most of my favorites that I’ve read were checked out from the library. There will always be a special shelf for “Harry Potter,” “Percy Jackson” and “Twilight” (although “Twilight” does share a shelf with other books), but eventually when I get around to buying them “The Hunger Games” series, “Jellicoe Road,” “The Sky is Everywhere,” and “Anna and the French Kiss” will all earn special permanent places on my bookshelves.
If you could force Hollywood to adapt one YA book into a movie, which would it be? Geez, what YA book ISN’T being made into a movie these days? I’m always a little hesitant when books I love are turned into movies, but if I had to pick I’d say either “Texas Gothic” by Rosemary Clement-Moore or “Welcome Caller, This is Chloe” by Shelley Coriell. Both are stand alone books, so there wouldn’t be any crazy waiting until the next movie comes out; there wouldn’t be a huge franchise off of these; we wouldn’t get sick of them and start making fun of how bad they are. Both of these books are fun, easy and have amazing red head heroines. (Sorry, I couldn’t decide on just one!)
What’s at the top of your TBR pile? Honestly, I just pick up books and read. There’s really no official list or any rhyme or reason for how I get to the next book. That’s probably why my list never seems to shrink! I’m too distracted by shinier books to focus on what’s in front of me. Books that are currently waiting on me to read them include “Before I Fall” by Lauren Oliver; “Finnikin of the Rock” by Melina Marchetta; and “Iron Daughter” by Julie Kagawa. Random, I know.