King Dork by Frank Portman — great coming of age story but it has a wicked sense of humor and pokes fun at high school teacher’s obsession with “Catcher in the Rye”
Me, Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews — this book came out at the same time as “Fault in our Stars” and has similar dealing-with-cancer plot but this is about ten times more hilarious.
And in the category of “books shelved in the teen area but probably adults would like more” you could give them last year’s Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein about a female pilot who was captured by the Nazis…and that is all I can really say about it.
Here are some of my favorite realistic fiction books that I think your friend might enjoy:
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King — great story about a boy dealing with bullying and escaping into his dreams to talk with his MIA grandfather.
She would probably also enjoy Please Ignore Vera Dietz by the same author.
If you want something a little weirder, Going Bovine by Libba Bray is about a young man dealing with mad cow disease, but it reads like a modern version of Don Quixote.
If you want a quick read but with some deeper ideas, try Godless by Pete Hautman about a boy who decides his is done with mainstream religions and convinces his friends to worship the town watertower.
And if you want to continue the trend of awesome YA books being turned into really good movies, you could get her The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp (the DVD will be out in Jan)
Hi all - need help finding a good book for someone on your shopping list? I’m a librarian and I have seen lots of this year’s titles, read reviews and heard thoughts from our patrons on lots of titles. Send me an ask with the age of the person, books/tv/movies they like, and I’ll try to match you with a good book to gift them. :) Works for all ages, though I tend to read more children’s and teen books than adult (though I can always pick my co-workers brains for grown-up books).