In which I guest blog myself …

Am being naughty today. The following is a blog post for the soon-to-be-launched Ferret blog for my work. So, in this context, it might sound a bit “old-person-trying-to-be-hip” , but still. I think it’s a good list! Let me know what you think!
The best YA books you’re NOT reading …




Seriously? Give Bella and Edward a break. Their sparkles are getting tired. In the meantime, ditch the rubbish on the telly this weekend. (Cougar Town? Whatever), and curl up with one of these hidden treasures.


1.      If I Stay, by Gayle Forman
Oh, this book will make you cry. But in a good way. It’s a New York Times bestseller (almost not-heard-of with books for younger peeps). See what the fuss is about.

2.      Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
Libba Bray wrote the super-successful Gemma Doyle books, but you wouldn‘t even realise this book is by the same person. A weird and wonderful road trip / psychedelic dream novel about a kid dying of Mad Cow disease. I kid you not. It’s brilliant.

3.      Little Bird, by Penni Russon
Penni is a local girl, but that’s not the only reason you should read this amazing book. It’s super funny, sassy, smart and very, very powerful. Go the Tassie girls done good!

4.      After January
Read this in Winter, then beg your olds to take you to Surfers. It’s a perfect summer barbie novel that has a heart warm enough to see you through winter (plus, it’s one of the funniest books EVER).

5.      Looking for Alaska.
Okay, shut up, Nerdfighters. I know you’ve read this one, but for those of you who haven’t, WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU WAITING FOR, PEOPLE? There is a reason this book has a cult following. It is because it is PHENOMENAL!!!

6.      Very LeFreak, by Rachel Cohn (she co-wrote Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist)
Who wouldn’t love a girl with a name like that? Perfect for making your very own playlist for every emotion, ala Very, or for when you’re taking a hard-earned Twitter break. This is the book for all of you seriously considering supergluing your Iphone to your hand. Come on, I know you’re out there.

7.      A Brief History of Montmaray
A change of pace: Read this one for when you’re dreaming of your very own romance on your very own island. This book is so full of loveliness it might just burst in a big cloud of confetti.

8.      Surf Ache, by Gerry Bobsien
Read this on a plane to drizzly Melbourne. Wished I could hijack the plane and take it all the way to Newcastle so I could be a surfer girl like Ella (and meet a boy like Snowy … and have a crazy little sister like Creaky).

9.      Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side
No sparkles here, darlings. But there is some super snazzy vampy love, plus a heroine with a truckload more guts in her little finger than Bella has in her whole bloodsuckingly boring body, and a bona fide Romanian vampire. Woot!

10.  Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Okay, so it’s not out yet (you need to wait ‘til May), but I wanted to put something on here that you can look forward to. And you will trust me when I say that this book is PHENOMENAL. It’s a bit naughty, a whole lot funny, and has introduced me to both the best book character EVER in Tiny Cooper, and the best band I’d never heard of in Neutral Milk Hotel. Buy one of their CDs before the book comes out to be ahead of the game. Pure indie genius. Them play the CD while you read this book – so good I read the last page and then turned back to the first and read it all over again.