The world is burning and there’s no stopping it.
So, today, we’re going to have a few moments for books that make you feel good. It was really hard to narrow this down to five. Should I have done ten?
The Selection by Kiera Cass
For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.
But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.
Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.
This isn’t some great work of literary fiction. You won’t walk away having learned something about yourself or the world.It’s not a diverse slice of YA. What you get, is a warm feeling in the center of your stomach and a lightened heart.
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.
But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.
Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.
Predictable? Possible? Lighthearted coming into your own story? Definitely. Problematic? Yes. But we have a black main character, who is experiencing that mushy first love and everything about this makes me happy.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
(Fangirl by extension)
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Honestly, if all this book had was a shit chosen one storyline, it’d still be adorable. Because Rainbow does adorable pretty well and Simon is the most adorable chosen one that’s ever been. But then there’s the hate-to-love trope that all fluff pieces must have, and it’s done so well. Simon and Baz, when they finally give in, are just too cute!
All things Becky Albertalli
No explanation needed really, because if I were to get into it we’d all have mouths full of cavities.
Superfail by Max Brunner
Laser vision isn’t so hot when you’re cross-eyed, and supersonic flight’s a real downer when motion sickness keeps you grounded.
Twelve-year-old Marshall Preston is a Defective–a person with superhuman abilities that are restricted by some very human setbacks. While other kids are recruited to superhero teams, Marshall’s stuck in seventh grade with a kid who can run at super speed but can’t turn a corner, another with a radioactive peanut allergy that turns him into a swollen Hulk, and a telepath who reads everyone’s thoughts out loud.
Defectives like Marshall aren’t exactly superhero material, but when he uncovers a plot to destroy one of the greatest superhero teams of all time, Marshall and his less-than-super friends set out to prove that just because you’re defective doesn’t mean you can’t save the day.
Another one of those shit chosen one storylines. There’s action, yes, but more than anything this book leaves you wanting nothing more than to hug our ‘superheroes’.
Rec me your favorite fluffy reads?