Today I am SO excited to be part of the Blog tour for Lisa Shroeder’s newest novel, Falling For You. Lisa Schroeder is the author of Falling for You, I Heart You, You Haunt me, The Day Before and It’s Raining Cupcakes. You can find out more about Lisa Schroeder on her website. Also, a big thanks to Mod Podge Blog Tours for letting me take part in this awesome blog tour [=
Let’s see if I can do this – I’ve never tried before! If you know me
at all, you know I am a huge fan of contemporary YA. It is my
preferred genre to read, though I do, of course, read other genres as
well. As I made my list, I realized there are a lot of books I’ve
liked a lot. I mean, I could probably list 100 contemporary YAs I’ve
liked a lot, or even loved. But when something sticks with me, when I
think about a book and there’s something that makes me go – oh yeah, I
remember this and this and this and how I LOVED this, that’s telling,
because I have a terrible memory! Still, this was hard. Really hard!!
Okay… here we go!
10. THIS LULLABY by Sarah Dessen – I really should reread this because
it’s been a long time, but what I know for sure about this book is
Dexter is one of my all-time favorite male characters. I mean, come
on, his band plays “The Potato Song.” What’s not to love?
9. HOW TO SAVE A LIFE by Sara Zarr – I’ve read and loved all of Sara’s
books, but this one was just so well done and really unique. I’m a
huge fan of books that show us it’s possible to find family in people
besides those we are related to.
8. IF I STAY by Gayle Forman – Such a touching, special, beautiful
book that stays with you long after you’ve put it down. I read it
twice in the same year, which is really unusual for me. And I loved
WHERE SHE WENT just as much, I have to say.
7. SEAN GRISWOLD’S HEAD by Lindsey Leavitt – Lindsey is my good
friend, I can’t lie, but I’d love this book even if she wasn’t because
it’s funny and heartwarming and if I were sixteen, I’d totally want
Sean as my boyfriend.
6. FLASH BURNOUT by L.K. Madigan – Yes, she was one of my dearest
friends. And yes, I miss her very much, which probably clouds my
judgment a little bit. Still, this book is another one that made me
laugh and made me cry. I especially love the brothers in this book.
There is one moment with the two of them that is just SO perfect.
4. SORTA LIKE A ROCK STAR by Matthew Quick – This book made me laugh
and cry, as the best books do, and honestly, the main character, Amber
Appleton, had my heart wrapped around her little finger. I wanted this
to win the Printz so badly. It’s that good.
2. LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green – I can’t help it, I’m a huge John
Green fan and there’s just no denying it. I felt changed for some
reason after I read this book. Same with THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. Both
books made me look at life differently or something, I don’t know, but
they both affected me at a level that few books manage to do.
1. PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER by Stephen Chbosky – Oh Charlie. And
all of the misfit toys, really. It is a brilliant book, mostly because
of Charlie’s voice and the way the story is told. And the movie is