The Disenchantments--This book pulled me out of a recent reading slump. I loved Colby. I think the voice was authentic. Really liked the friendship between the characters and it was just an all around special read. I love books that have a group of friends who are really close. Who are always there for each other and though none of the characters here are perfect and mistakes are made, they're an awesome group of friends.
Don't Let Me Go--This is more of a NA than YA. It's an awesome, LGBT book. Again this is a story with flawed, imperfect characters that I am so fond of. And I really loved the boys romance.
Flash Burnout--This book is a little different, but I loved it. Awesome boy POV. It's authentic. In a way, a little younger, POV in my opinion, but I really liked it. Loved the voice.
Freefall--Holy smokes, batman. I love this book. Another awesome, authentic male POV. You'll notice that's a pattern with me. LOL. Well done male POV always stands out to me, because I struggle to find it.
Graffiti Moon--Some of the most beautiful language I have ever read. I'm a lover of words and beautiful language and Cath Crowley does it really, REALLY well. I can't even put into words how beautiful some of the passages in this book are. And it's alternation POV which I love.
Harmonic Feedback--Justin is one of my favorite contemporary YA book boys. Plus, Tara Kelly can just write. Awesome book. This book really made me think. Who decides what normal is, anyway?
Saving June--Authentic voice and Jake. Yeah, I said it. LOL.
Something Like Normal--Travis...oh Travis. He is real. He is flawed. He is pained. I love those things about him. A lot of the time, characters seem to have a book that tells them the right thing to do. Or their mistakes don't feel real. Travis's did. And again, awesome male POV.
I Know it's Over--THIS is authentic male POV. This is an awesome book. It put CK Kelly Martin on my list of favorite authors. Great, great, book.
Split--Awesome book about a relationship between two brothers. Authentic male POV and also this book does NOT sugarcoat abuse and the affects it has on children. It's not always pretty. This book is raw and honest.
Sea--It's been a long time since I read this book, but I still think about it often. It's unique. It's not predictable and it's real.
Twenty Boy Summer--Another book where I wish I could soak myself in the words. Where I can listen to the language all day long. Sarah is one of my "words heroes".
So, there's my list of MUST READS. And because I love these books so much, I'm going to give one away. One lucky commenter will win their choice of an ebook or print book of one of the books above. I'll draw a winner on Friday March 1. Make sure you leave your email address in the comments. Print book option for US residents only (sorry!!), but if you choose ebook, international as long as you can accepted gifted books from Amazon or Barnes and Noble for your ereader.