Teen Read Week is October 14th through 20th, but here at The Hub, we’re celebrating for ten days so we can bring you interviews, guest posts, videos, and more with each of the authors whose books made this year’s Teens’ Top Ten. Today we feature Meg Cabot, whose book Abandon is #10 on this year’s list.
A few years ago, I spent a sad Fourth of July weekend nursing a migraine and getting an introduction to young adult literature by reading The Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot. I needed something light and fun to read and I decided, why not? I zipped through the first two books fairly quickly and soon found myself reading as many of Cabot’s books as I could. She was also my introduction to paranormal fiction with the Mediator series (which is still an all-time favorite) and probably had a hand in my decision to become a young adult librarian. Why wouldn’t I want to be around similar books all the time?
By the time Abandon was announced as a Teens’ Top Ten nominee, I had read almost all Cabot’s books for teens and adults and was just starting my mythology kick. I couldn’t wait to read it, especially after seeing her talk about why she wrote it:
And here she talks about the heroine Pierce Oliviera:
And the hero, John Hayden:
Since I tend to love all of Meg Cabot’s books, I wasn’t surprised to find I loved Abandon too. It’s a great retelling of the myth of Persephone with some interesting twists. It’s no shock to me that it was picked to be on the Teens’ Top Ten.
— Faythe Arredondo, currently reading Underworld by Meg Cabot