Gifts for the Young at Heart: The Year in YA

Gifts for the Young at Heart: The Year in YA


From “The Hunger Games” debuting on the big screen to the boys of One Direction sharing intimate details of their life on the road, 2012 has been a stellar year for young adult books. For the young’n in the family (or, let’s be real—any number of the YA-crazed adults in your life), give the gift of books by young adult authors who grabbed headlines in 2012.

Suzanne Collins
You can’t start a conversation about the current state of the YA union without throwing a respectful nod to Katniss Everdeen. Proving that the appeal of the genre goes far beyond tweens and teens, Collins’ series had adults hungrily reading through installments of her intensley plot-driven, dystopian books. Three cheers for Collins and pour one out for our homie Stephenie Meyer as we say goodbye to the seemingly endless installments of Twilight movies. We look forward to “Catching Fire” and “The Host” 2013!

John Green
In early 2012, Green had a huge fan base eager for the release of “The Fault in Our Stars,” his book about a teen fighting cancer. A year later, nerdfighters everywhere can look forward to Green’s “Night of Awesome” on Jan. 15 at Carnegie Hall in New York City, which will be livestreamed for fans nationwide.

Stephen Chbosky
Just when you thought you couldn’t love Emma Watson any more than you already do, she shows up in the film adaptation in a beloved coming-of-age story. Chbosky gets major props for writing the screenplay and directing the film version of “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.”

Libba Bray
Besides being a talented author (seriously, “The Diviners” was one of my favorite books of the year), Bray proved to have a heart of gold when she offered refuge to fellow YA author Maureen Johnson who lost electricity during Hurricane Sandy. The two tweeted about the time together, but to get the full picture, we highly recommend reading Johnson’s blog. In short: we should all wish to have friends like Libba Bray!

One Direction
Ladies and gentlemen, boy bands are back! In the past, these bands generally enjoyed flash-in-the-pan successes, so it’s hard to say how long the shelf life is on this trend. Try and cling to One Direction for as long as you can! The easiest way to remember these cutiepatooties forever is through their band’s autobiography “One Direction: Dare to Dream.”

Kami Garcia Margaret Stohl 
In case you missed it, 2012 saw the conclusion of The Caster Chronicles, when “Beautiful Redemption” hit shelves. It also saw the filming of the “Beautiful Creatures” movie, which hits theaters in February. Co-authors Garcia and Stohl paid close attention as actors like Jeremy Irons, Emma Thompson and Emmy Rossum brought their characters to life. Plus, the two are heavily involved with YALLFest, which saw its second year of bringing young adult authors to the city of Charleston. S.C. for readings, panels, autographs and more.


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