If you’ve noticed an abundance of “For Sale” signs and moving trucks in your neighborhood lately, you’re not alone. May is National Moving Month! As college lets out and spring home sales are finalized, thousands of families move. In honor of National Moving Month, I wanted to take a look at YA novels that feature stories about moving. Luckily moving — across the country, across town, or even just to a new schools — is a common theme in YA novels. Big changes make a great starting point for all kinds of stories.
In some cases, moving gives protagonists an opportunity to re-invent themselves. Ava, the heroine of Lili Wilkerson’s Pink (a 2012 Stonewall Honor book), leaves her girlfriend and her goth image behind when she transfers to the Billy Hughes School for Academic Excellence. At Billy Hughes, Ava can wear pink, date boys, and be part of the Pastels (the school’s in-crowd). The new environment lets her try on a new personality with surprising consequences.