It’s the most dreaded day of the year: Black Friday. The day crazy and sane people alike flock to stores and malls and are generally out to begin holiday shopping for loved ones in earnest. Not this happy camper. Every year I have a sure-fire gift giving solution that guarantees satisfaction: books. Here’s a list of the perfect YA book for the hard-to-please, culled from YALSA’s 2011 Awards and Booklists.
The Movie Lover
- Plain Kate by Erin Bow (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults): for the “Harry Potter” movie lover.
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White (2011 Teens’ Top Ten): for the “Twilight” movie lover.
- Finikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta (2011 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults): for the “Hobbit” movie lover.
Cosplaying Convention Friend
- The Manga Cookbook by Yoko Ishihara (2011 Top 10 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults): tasty treats perfect for anime convention snacks.
- Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (2011 Teens’ Top Ten WINNER!): great read during con prepping.
- Sherlock Holmes (2011 Fabulous Films for Young Adults): visual inspiration for next year’s masquerade cos.
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (2011 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults): anew spin on the French Revolution.
- A Study in Scarlett: A Sherlock Holmes Graphic Novel by Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian Edginton, et al. (Great Graphic Novels For Teens): Sherlock never looked so good.
- Becoming Jane (2011 Fabulous Films for Young Adults): everyone loves a good Jane Austen story.
Your Cousin in College
- Kill Shakespeare V. 1: A Sea of Trouble by Conor McCreery, et al. (Great Graphic Novels for Teens): which is what they’ll want to do themselves to the Bard after an intro to lit course.
- The Tattoo Chronicles by Kat Von D with Sandra Black (Top 10 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers): an intimate look at a famously tattooed celebrity.
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2011 Top 10 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults and 2009 Best Books for Young Adults): to be honest, this would be a great gift for anyone on your shopping list.
Your Bestie Going Through a Hard Time
- Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults): the perfect book to get anyone into the holiday mood.
- Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (2011 Top 10 Best Fiction for Young Adults): nothing more cheering than decapitated heads and zombies.
- Smile by Raina Telgemeier (Great Graphic Novels For Teens): braces make for drama and hilarity and can’t help but bring a, well, smile to your face.
- Nothing by Janne Teller (2011 Printz Honor): Existential Crisis = Perfect Gift!
- Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults): prepare for deep thoughts on family, what it means to be human, and chimpanzees being too stinking cute.
- The Last Summer of the Death Warriors by Francisco X. Stork (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults): revenge, murder, and friendship in a complex package to unwrap.
What other titles from this year would make the perfect gift?
— Amanda Margis, currently reading This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel and listening to The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt