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YA? Why Not!

Published on Thu, 01/05/2017 - 09:35am

Some of my coworkers read a lot of young adult novels, and honestly the thought had never occurred to me to read them myself. I was assured that people who are no longer “young adults” can still enjoy these books. I'm glad I gave them a try, and I’ve read some good ones. Here are three: 

Asylum by Madeleine Roux centers on 16-year-old Dan Crawford, who feels like he has the opportunity of a lifetime when he attends a college prep program one summer. The former Brookline insane asylum has been turned into a dorm. Though he knows it’s prohibited, Dan can’t seem to stay out of the basement. He and his new acquaintances, Abby and Jordan, feel drawn to the place. Dan keeps getting strange texts on his phone, and worse, has been having blackouts. In spite of the danger, they feel compelled to find out the truth about Brookline and their possible connections to its past.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich is an atmospheric thriller that keeps you guessing until the end. Silla Daniels, 14, flees her abusive home with her little sister Nori. They wind up at their aunt’s house— their mother’s childhood home. La Baume is a mansion surrounded by woods, and when the girls arrive at their aunt’s doorstep she warns them that the surrounding Python Woods will never let them leave. Silla is haunted by visions of a tall man in the woods with no eyes, and Nori finds a new playmate that she must keep from Silla.  

Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics is the story of a family’s hardship on the prairie told from the perspective of 16-year-old Amanda Verner. Her family has survived a harsh winter, including illness and cabin fever. They decide to leave their mountain cabin and try their luck on the prairie. Amanda escapes from her troubles with a local boy who wants nothing to do with her when she ends up pregnant. Amanda moves to the prairie with her family, but she can’t reveal her secret. Will things get better for them on the prairie, or will their demons follow them?

Sandra P.
Blue Springs North Branch 

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