Quiz: How Well Do You Know Coming-of-Age YA Novels?
Whether they're about epic road trips or magical pants, coming-of-age young adult novels tap into key moments of our adolescence: falling in love for the first time; discovering a book or song that defines our emotional state at that moment; learning ugly truths about ourselves, our parents and the world. Doesn't matter if it's Judy Blume or John Green--they're all instant classics. So, what's your YA IQ? Take our quiz to find out.
2. Which '90s song do Charlie, Patrick and Sam take on as their anthem in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower"?
(a) "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Nirvana
(b) "Heroes," David Bowie
(c) "Landslide," Fleetwood Mac
(d) "I'm Too Sexy," Right Said Fred
3. If you looked up Margo Roth Spiegelman (from "Paper Towns") on Urban Dictionary, which of these tropes might you find?
(a) Action Girl
(b) The Cheerleader
(c) Mama Bear
(d) Manic Pixie Dream Girl
4. What serves as Melinda's "sanctuary" in "Speak"?
(a) Her bedroom closet
(b) Behind the bleachers at school
(c) The janitor's closet
(d) Her car
5. If you want to speak in "Lord of the Flies," which object must you be holding?
(a) Teddy bear
(b) Jock strap
(d) Piggy's glasses
6. Eleanor (from "Eleanor & Park") thinks Romeo and Juliet are…
(a) Star-crossed lovers
(b) Spoiled rich kids
(c) Confused teens
(d) Literary heroes
(e) Poetic visionaries
8. Where do Katherine and Michael first have sex in "Forever"?
(a) His sister's bedroom floor
(b) After prom at a hotel
(c) At the summer camp where they both work
(d) In her bedroom
1. (a), 2. (c), 3. (d), 4. (c), 5. (c), 6. (b), 7. (e), 8. (a), 9. (b), 10. (d)
Give yourself 1 point for each correct answer! Now, find out how much you match up with some of the most bookish teens in fiction...
0-3 points: Edmund Pevensie (room for improvement)
We're not saying that having read fewer YA novels will get you kidnapped by the White Witch from "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," but you've got some great books to get into. Go straight to our Essential Coming-of-Age books and dig into these must-reads.
4-7 points: Quentin Jacobson (expert in the making)
Like the hero of John Green's "Paper Towns," your knowledge of YA lit is spotty but not hopeless--we're guessing you either enjoyed these classics long ago or you've picked up only the modern stuff. For purists, start with Green or Rachel Cohn and David Levithan's "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist." If you're more up on the newer titles, then "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton is the book for you.
8-10: Rory Gilmore (pro--needs another challenge)
Congrats: You know your coming-of-age YA tales backward and forward. Other readers eat your dust as you work toward Rory's lofty goal of reading at least 250 books. Let us help out--dive into our lists of Essential National Book Award Winners and Essential YA Social Issues!