The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest (hosted by Jessica Love, Tracey Neithercott, Alison Miller, and me) runs Monday, December 15th through Thursday, December 18th and will highlight favorite books published in 2014 using a variety of fun superlative categories. The Class of 2014: YA Superlative Blogfest is all about promoting the extraordinary young adult books published this year, so if you haven’t already, draft a post and sign up to participate at the end of this post. We can’t wait to see your favorite reads of 2014!
2014 Reading List (starred = debut): The Winner’s Curse, *Let’s Get Lost, *Loop, Blue Lily, Lily Blue, *17 First Kisses, Ashes to Ashes, *The Secret Sky, *Behind the Scenes, Isla and the Happily Ever After, *The Only Thing To Fear, Bleed Like Me, The Bridge From Me to You, *Creed, Dreams of Gods and Monsters, I’ll Give You the Sun, *One Two Three, *Of Scars and Stardust, We Were Liars, *Wish You Were Italian, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Frozen, What I Thought Was True, *The Eighth Guardian, *Pointe, *Push Girl, *Open Road Summer, *Far From You, *The Symptoms of My Insanity, Panic, *The Truth About Alice, *NIL, Complicit, The Summer I Found You, The Evolution of Emily, Into the Still Blue, Heartbeat, The Killing Woods, Brown Girl Dreaming
Villain I Love to Hate
“Charismatic” Elijah Hawkins, leader of the Purity Springs community featured in Creed by debut authors Lindsay Currie and Trisha Leaver. Yikes.
Most Likely to Become a Rockstar
Adorable, adorable, adorable Matt Finch from Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer. He’s a songwriter and a musician and he’s already on tour. *swoon*
Favorite Parental Figure
Emma’s stepfather from Elizabeth Scott’s Heartbeat. He’s just so present and supportive, and his love for Emma and her mom is palpable. Also, Lauren’s aunt and uncle from Lisa Schroeder’s The Bridge From Me to You, for all the same reasons. I love when parental figures are just unwaveringly there.
Most Likely to Start a Riot
Gray and Bree from Erin Bowman’s Frozen. They’re badass, and they’re pretty much leading an entire rebellion.
Lillia from Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, because she consciously and constantly uses her feminine wiles to get what she wants, and she’s scary-good at it.
Noah from Jandy Nelson’s I’ll Give You the Sun. He’s an art nerd, and a very talented one. Plus, he’s just all kinds of awkward and endearing.
Both Reagan and Dee from Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer, as well as Lillia from Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian. I’d happily raid any of their closets!
Character You’d Most Want For a BFF
I can’t choose between Leila from Adi Alsaid’s Let’s Get Lost and Claire from Racheal Allen’s 17 First Kisses, perhaps because they both feel so fully formed and genuine. They each have realistic flaws, yet they’re loyal and kind and full of warmth. I’d be happy to BFFs with them both!
Character You Wish You’d Dated in High School
Arin from Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse because… holy hotness. He’s serious and sweet and strong and a little bit broken, and he loves oh-so-deeply. *sigh* (Honorable Mentions to Matt from Open Road Summer (musical!), Peter from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (funny!), Gansey from Blue Lily, Lily Blue (all-American!), and Tonio from One, Two, Three (athletic!).
Most Likely to Become President
Gansey from Maggie Siefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. He was my pick last year too. I’d TOTALLY vote for him!
Izzy from The Symptoms of My Insanity — she’s a nut! She has the most honest, most hilarious stream-of-conscious inner monologues, and she cracks me up.
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24 thoughts on “Class of 2014: YA Superlatives Blogfest POPULARITY CONTEST”
I forgot about Tonio when I was thinking of guys I would have dated. Loved his character (Arin is the best choice though, I think!).
Oh, Arin… He had me swooning from his very first appearance at the auction! But yes, Tonio is totally charming and lovable. 🙂
Gansey for President!
Was he your pick too?! I’m off to check. 🙂
“I love when parental figures are just unwaveringly there.” Yes! I love that, too. It’s so refreshing to read books like this because there are so many instances of absent or dead parents in YA. You know, I think I really need to read the latest Jandy Nelson, because I loved the first one and because I think I need a new “coolest nerd”. I’ve been using Cricket Bell for this category for way too long now lol. Great list, Katy! Some new ones for me too!
Oh, my gosh — yes! Please read I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN at your earliest possible convenience. It’s SO good, Jaime!
OBVIOUSLY Gansey. I haven’t read BLLB yet, but I can’t believe I forgot about President Cell Phone.
He’s *extra* lovable in BL,LB, Trace. (And how have you not read that book yet?!)
Yes, Lillia was such a flirt! I agree with your comment on Leila too – all the characters in that book were something special.
They were, weren’t they? I think I would’ve liked to have been friends with all of them. And Lillia… I kind of loved how she unabashedly flirted to get what she wanted. There was something refreshing about the way she owned it. She was my favorite character of that series — until the epilogue!
Great list! I’ve added I’ll Give You the Sun. That is a very cool cover.
Oh, it’s SO good, Amy! I hope you love it as much as I did!
Gansey definitely wins the round for president – lost track of how many voted for him!! I started reading Winners Curse as a direct result of this blogfest. Lets Get Lost and Push Girl might come next 🙂
I hope you love THE WINNER’S CURSE, Margo! And yay for PUSH GIRL and LET’S GET LOST… Two of my faves!
We have some of the same picks (imagine that 😉 ), but some of yours are making me want to buy ALL THE BOOKS. Must read CREED and OPEN ROAD SUMMER soon!
Yay! I hope you love them both… Can’t wait to check out your picks for today. 🙂
So many contemps I have to check out, lol! Also, Arin – yeah, he is something else. 😉 I can’t wait to go back to that world!
Re: Gansey- would totally vote for him for President (he was my pick last year I think…and I didn’t do it this year, oops), and Tracey’s comment about dating him made me LOL. I don’t disagree!
Tracey’s comments often make me LOL. 🙂 And yes, I am dying for THE WINNER’S CRIME. Love those characters and that world so much!
I AM GOING TO READ THE WINNER’S CURSE OVER WINTER BREAK NEXT WEEK. That is all 🙂 (But, I mean, seriously, though. If the guy is that hot, I HAVE TO.)
I mean, the book has tons of other amazing qualities, too, but yeah… He’s super hot. And you’re a fantasy fan, so I bet you’ll like it… Let me know!
Ooh, I had forgotten that I wanted to read CREED. (It can get in line behind THE WINNER’S CURSE and I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN, apparently.)
Ha, perfect! Some of my 2014 faves for sure!
Gray and Bree will wear this badge proudly. 😉 Thanks again for the FROZEN love!!
Of course! You know I adore Gray and Bree. ❤
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