Wednesday, June 1, 2011

GReads Recommends... {4}

Need something new to read?  It's a new month, so I thought I'd list a few recommendations from my reading pile.

I have a special place in my heart for those broken boys in YA novels, especially when the story is told from their POV.  Check out some of these books that I've read, a & few others that were recommended to me. (Thank you to Kari Olson & Hannah Moskowitz for some of these awesome suggestions!)

Where She Went (If I Stay #2)
by Gayle Forman

It's been three years since the devastating accident ... three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever.

Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Julliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future - and each other.

Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance. {taken from}

One of the best characters, in one of the best stories, written by one of the best authors.  Need more convincing?  Pick up If I Stay first to get the full scoop on this story & then prepare yourself for greatness in it's sequel, Where She Went.

Freefall by Mindi Scott

Seth McCoy was the last person to see his best friend, Isaac, alive, and the first to find him dead. It was just another night, just another party, just another time when Isaac drank too much and passed out on the lawn. Only this time, Isaac didn't wake up.

Convinced that his own actions led to his friend's death, Seth is torn between turning his life around . . . or losing himself completely.
Then he meets Rosetta: so beautiful and so different from everything and everyone he's ever known. But Rosetta has secrets of her own, and Seth soon realizes he isn't the only one who needs saving . . . {taken from}

Yes, you're seeing this book mentioned for the second time on this feature -- because it's THAT good.  I can't mention my favorite male POV novels & not throw this one in.  If there was ever a broken boy I wanted to heal so badly, it would be Seth.  Read this book & tell me you don't agree -- I dare you.

The Piper's Son
by Melina Marchetta

Thomas Mackee wants oblivion. Wants to forget parents who leave and friends he used to care about and a string of one-night stands, and favourite uncles being blown to smithereens on their way to work on the other side of the world.

But when his flatmates turn him out of the house, Tom moves in with his single, pregnant aunt, Georgie. And starts working at the Union pub with his former friends. And winds up living with his grieving father again. And remembers how he abandoned Tara Finke two years ago, after his uncle's death.

And in a year when everything's broken, Tom realises that his family and friends need him to help put the pieces back together as much as he needs them.
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Telling you that I love this book is an understatement.  From that gorgeous cover, to that unbelievably lost soul named Thomas Mackee -- I am simply blown away by this novel.  If you have not been introduced to the fabulous Melina Marchetta, then stop what you're reading & grab this book NOW.

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

The football field is a battlefield

There’s an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on—and off—the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy—including the most innocent bystanders.

When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school’s salvation.

Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes. {taken from}

-- This recommendation comes form Kari Olson of A Good Addiction

Crash into Me by Albert Borris

Owen, Frank, Audrey, and Jin-Ae have one thing in common: they all want to die. When they meet online after each attempts suicide and fails, the four teens make a deadly pact: they will escape together on a summer road trip to visit the sites of celebrity suicides... and at their final destination, they will all end their lives. 

As they drive cross-country, bonding over their dark impulses, sharing their deepest secrets and desires, living it up, hooking up, and becoming true friends, each must decide whether life is worth living - or if there's no turning back. {taken from}

-- Recommended by Kari Olson from A Good Addiction

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky

The author captures the voice of a boy teetering on the brink of adulthood. Charlie is a freshman. And while's he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. He's a wallflower--shy and introspective, and intelligent beyond his years, if not very savvy in the social arts. We learn about Charlie through the letters he writes to someone of undisclosed name, age, and gender, a stylistic technique that adds to the heart-wrenching earnestness saturating this teen's story. 

Charlie encounters the same struggles that many kids face in high school--how to make friends, the intensity of a crush, family tensions, a first relationship, exploring sexuality, experimenting with drugs--but he must also deal with his best friend's recent suicide. Charlie's letters take on the intimate feel of a journal as he shares his day-to-day thoughts and feelings. {taken from}

-- This recommendation is from author Hannah Moskowitz, who also writes male POV's.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green & David Levithan

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans. {taken from}

-- Another recommendation from author Hannah Moskowitz

If you've read any of these book, please let me know what you thought in the comments.  Or if you have more male POV books to recommend, please share!



  1. I haven't read any of these except for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, so thanks for all the recommendations!

  2. I love this feature! I am really glad that the only one on this list that I have read is Where She Went. It means I get to read all sorts of new books! I already bought Freefall based on you rec, but haven't gotten to it yet! Thanks for all the awesome suggestions!

  3. I REALLY have to read Will Grayson...

  4. They all look great, especially like the sound of Leverage, and Freefall has been on my TBR list for a while. My favourite YA book from a male p.o.v though, would definitely have to be Sprout by Dale Peck :)

  5. I love books about boys. I just started Beautiful Creatures and was shocked to find that it's written from a male POV. And I really need to get my hands on The Piper's Son. That cover. *swoons*

  6. I have Crash into Me on my tbr pile, I should move it up higher. I've been hearing a lot of things about The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I need to look for that one. Will Grayson Will Grayson has been on my list forever. Great recs, I loooooved Where She Went! =)

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE Will Grayson, Will Grayson but I will scream from the rooftops forever that I am a huge fan of John Green!

    And I cannot wait to read Gayle Forman's Where She Went. I really liked If I Stay, but I think that the more I think about if after reading it, the more I like it still. So it is super high on my TBR list.


  8. I really liked Leverage! And Crash Into ME sounds like a really good book.

  9. LOVE Perks and Where She Went! Apparently I really need to read Freefall, must get on that =)

  10. I see your reading Shut Out *freaks out* I will be STALKING your blog until I see a review for it, not that I don't practically stalk it anyways :) great recs hun! *extra fist pumps for Where She Went*

  11. Great list. I just got Freefall last week, so am excited to see it on your list. Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Where She Went have also both been on my TBR pile for awhile now.

  12. oh man, male pov books just might be my fave.

    i just finished STUPID FAST by Geoff Herbach which is male pov (and awesome).

    other male povs i'd suggest are THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO (for obvious fangirl reasons), anything and everything by John Green, THE BODY OF CHRISTOPHER CREED by Carol Plum-Ucci, GENTLEMEN by Michael Nothrop, and SHIPBREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi.

    like i said...i kinda love male pov! and you've added some fabulous titles to my tbr. thanks for the suggestions, Ginger!

  13. I read Leverage and LOVED it. It is seriously one of my favorite books of this year so far, and it's also the reason I'm looking into intense, gritty contemporary fiction. I'm going to have to check out these other titles, as well.

  14. Love Freefall and Where she Went. Two of my favorite male POV. I'm a HUGE boy POV fan. I wish there was more out there to read. I want to check out The Piper's Son!

  15. I've only read Freefall, great book! I thought Scott nailed the male point-of-view. I never thought I would love hearing from the male pov before, but she did a fabulous job.

    I want to read the other book on this list really bad :)

  16. Read Where She Went, and loved it (maybe a little bit more than If I Stay), want to read Wallflower and Will Grayson. Piper's Son sounds good too, but my lib doesn't have it. :(

  17. I second the Michael Northrop recommendation: I love his books! Gentleman and Trapped are two of my all-time favorites and I recommend them to every teen boy I meet. I love Will Grayson, Will Grayson, as I do all John Green books. Other favorite male POV books (I prefer them over female, actually): The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, The Schwa Was Here by Neal Shusterman, Tangerine by Edward Bloor, King Dork by Frank Portman, Rocket Boys by Homer Hickam (an oldie but a goodie), Whaletalk by Chris Crutcher (in my all-time top five favorites) and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon. I'll stop there, but I love these recommendations. I'm getting Freefall tomorrow when I volunteer at the library!

  18. I really loved Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I really disliked Crash Into Me was too confusing and drawn out for me. Great highlights though! :)

  19. I've heard really really good things about Leverage! Even though that veiny arm totally freaks me out.


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