Jennifer Quintenz lists four YA books that everyone should read

Young adult author Jennifer Quintenz (The Daughters of Lilith series) was awesome enough to recommend four YA books that everyone should check out, and her list features some classics and newbies! If you'd like to connect with Jenn and talk more about books, you can find her on Twitter: or Facebook:

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The Silver Metal Lover by Tanith Lee  
I discovered this book back in high school.  It’s one of those books that I return to over and over again, set in a dystopian future before dystopian futures were the hot new trend for YA.  It’s an incredible story, kind of a Romeo & Juliet tale, but the characters and their journey - and the world with it’s socio-political backdrop - are just breathtaking.  Once I read this book twice in one day.  It’s not over-long, but it’s so completely satisfying.  

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Another book I tend to turn to over and over again - I don’t know if this counts as YA - is “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card.  This was the first real science fiction book I ever read, I don’t think I was more than 10 or 11 at the time, and I’m sure a lot of it was over my head but I fell in love with it instantly.  I tend to circle back to this book every couple of years.  I don’t even know how many copies I’ve bought.  For years I kept loaning them out to friends and they’d never come back to me.  One is somewhere in Italy, now.  But whatever - it’s an awesome story and maybe it’ll make its way into a new reader’s hands.  Also - this story is finally available for the kindle, so now I have a book I can’t lose!

Graceling by Kristin Cashore
One of the newer ones - I love “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore.  It’s such an interesting world - she’s really created something new and intriguing.  LOVE the relationship between the two main characters.  And the rules of the world are just - it’s so well done.  Check it out if you’re into fantasy.  

I’m also a big fan of the Scott Westerfeld “Uglies,” “Pretties,” “Specials” series.  Another truly imaginative universe, dystopian future, fun twists and turns, and some great characters.  I especially love how the main character changes over the three books.  I haven’t yet read “Extras” but look forward to it.