YALSA recently released its 2013 Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers book list. Thoughtfully selected by a committee who read hundreds of titles over the past year, the list suggests books that teens will pick up on their own and read for pleasure — even if they don’t necessarily like to read.
Though this list is officially geared toward “reluctant readers,” the selected titles are likely to appeal to just about anyone. And since half the fun of reading is sharing your love of a good book with someone else, here are a few handy elevator speeches you can use to convince others to read some of these books — in 30 seconds or less, guaranteed!
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
When Greg’s old childhood friend, Rachel, is diagnosed with leukemia, his mom insists he should rekindle his friendship with her to show support. I know what you’re thinking — not another depressing cancer book … right? But wait, this one is funny! Seriously. No tissues necessary.
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
In the predecessor to this book, Anna Dressed in Blood, the ghost of a beautiful young girl literally went to hell to save the ghost hunter who was supposed to wipe her out — but kind of fell in love with her instead. (Did you get all that?) Now he’s determined to rescue her, because you can’t just leave a nice girl in hell, right? The journey will take him halfway around the world. Oh, and it involves a stroll through a suicide forest, so keep all the lights on while you read, okay?