Because I want to patrol what my 12-year-old reads, I've lately been plunged back toward my youth and in to the world of young-adult literature. I have to say, it's astounding how popular dystopian storytelling has become. And let me tell ya, it seems like I've read 'em all. From James Patterson's eight-book Maximum Ride series or his five-book Witch & Wizard series to the mainstream-popularized Hunger Games and Divergent trilogies, I've been plopped into what seems to be a standard formula: strong (but doubtful and self-deflating) female protagonist, teetering community politics, and a hearty love triangle (excuse the pun). Don't get me wrong. I've been sucked in to those books and have enjoyed them for what they are. And I'll be sucked in to others of the same ilk, I'm sure. But I'd like to try (and would like to point my son toward) some others of perhaps different patterns. And this might be where I start: BuzzFeed's list of 15 young-adult books that will make you feel the feels. If you get to any of these and agree with the assessment, please let me know: I'd love to hear other opinions about what's out there. Meanwhile, may we all have happy reading!
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