When the topic arose about 'what books are popular with teenagers' I had no idea where to start. Despite Goodreads and Amazon being widely available I headed to the local bookstore that my best friend manages.
Amy has won several writing competitions, is the YA team member of the the Book Club team on 4ZZZ Radio, does regular interviews of Australian authors and is passionate about getting people reading.
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These were some of her recommendations:
The 'Divergent' series by Veronica Roth is extremely popular at the moment (future dystopia), as is Cassandra Clare's 'Mortal Instrument' books and is about the children of angels and their adventures. It's targeted towards the lower end of YA.
Lauren Kate, who wrote the 'Fallen' books (angels and forbidden/fated love) also has a new one out called 'Teardrop'. While I haven't read it, I've heard is pretty good.
Naturally the Hunger Games is still huge with the new movie coming out in less than a month.
I interviewed a new Australian YA author called Melissa Keil about her book, 'Life in Outer Space', which is a very sweet contemporary geek-meets-girl story set in a Melbourne high school. - guy friendships are a big thing in this one, main character's parents get divorced, lots of movie/pop culture references and is relatable to people in or just out of high school.
It's a good one for those who love YA books but are over the supernatural themes.
For slightly older teens, and something a bit more serious, there is a new Australian novel called
The Accident' by Kate Hendrick (another Australian debut author). It's about three young people whose lives are all touched and changed by a car crash. All of them have complex family/internal lives - it's very true and in many places moving and could be a good wake-up call for many young people.
For straight fantasy, I love Garth Nix's 'Old Kingdom' series: main character is seventeen, there's necromacy and adventure, little dash of romance, and a talking cat (in a world where World War I era clashes with a realm of magic)
Amy is just one of the many human resources that are available to the general public. Librarians, teachers, publishers and retailers are people who work in this area on a daily basis and are eager to help.
I love it when people come up to me and ask me things! If you didn't want a personal touch you would have bought your books online. Bookstores survive on human questioning and interaction.