This is going to be a masterpost of books I’ve read this year and what I’ve thought about them, so that maybe some other people can find some awesome new books to read too!
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Everyday by David Levithan (8/10)
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini (9/10)
I absolutely loved this book. The voice is fresh and original and witty, but it deals with depression and mental illness in a very real, respectful manner. He really captured the sort of hopelessness and confusion that goes along with teenage depression, how Craig keeps thinking he doesn’t have any “real” reason to be depressed, he doesn’t have the problems that many others have. It’s all weaved together so perfectly, with the maps and the girl problems and all the other patients, and I found myself loving every character. I definitely recommend reading!
The Spirit Catches You And You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman (7/10)
I had to read this book for class and it was surprisingly good. It’s about Lia Lee, a Hmong girl who has epilepsy and explores the differences in Hmong beliefs and the American medical system, and how better communication and attention to cultural beliefs would have improved Lia’s care. While the history parts were a bit dry, I actually really enjoyed this book.
Blink Once by Cylin Busby (9.5/10)
Wow. I read this book in one day because I literally could not put it down. It is possibly one of the best books I’ve read this year for sure. It’s about a boy who is paralyzed and in the hospital and a girl he meets there who is not everything she seems. It’s such an interesting and unique story and is written in a way that makes me want to read it again and again. I definitely recommend.
Will Grayson, Will Grayson (10/10)
Paper Towns (8/10)
Boy Meets Boy (7/10)
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (10/10)
Let It Snow (8/10)