Forget the Tarot cards, crystal balls, and palm-readers. Toss aside those stale fortune cookies. You need only look to your bookshelf to understand your deepest personality traits. Look for some of your favorite YA titles below and you may find that my keen “psychic” abilities can be enlightening.
* Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. There is more to you than meets the eye. You keep your secrets close, and may not be very trustworthy. But you love deeply and are very protective.
* Love is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson. You might have a hard time trusting yourself, but go with your instincts- they won’t steer you wrong. Be yourself and don’t try so hard to please others.
* The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough. You may feel like you are being influenced by forces greater than your own. But it’s OK, go with it. Don’t be afraid to get hurt and great things will happen.
* Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. Others may call you inconsistent. Your horoscope sign may be best described as “Gemini.” You are brave, smart, and have a keen sense of justice. You develop strong connections to friends and family.
* The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (2009 Best Book for Young Adults). Some would call you are a guys’ guy. But don’t discount the fairer sex, you may find a wonderful friend. You may not be “book smart” but you are clever and can get yourself out of tough situations. Just believe in yourself, and don’t forget to appreciate your dog.
* All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. You are drawn to those in pain and have some dark times. Talking through it may help. We all have to go through difficult times. Let yourself mourn those you have lost.
* And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard (2015 Printz Honor Book). You can make hard choices and have to live with them. You find escape through the written word. You tend to keep secrets from others, but may find yourself unburdened through more disclosure.
* I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. You are always thinking several steps ahead. You find yourself outwitting others easily, but don’t be afraid to trust your close friends. You feel a strong tie to your family, but it may be best for you to find your own way.
* Far From You by Tess Sharpe. You have a strong desire for the truth. You may struggle with addiction issues, but don’t be afraid to ask for help. Being different is OK, don’t forget that.
* The Devil’s Intern by Donna Hosie. You try to see the best in all situations—even the most dire. You are organized and a hard worker. You may take a long time to see what is obvious to others.
* Legend by Marie Lu (2012 Teens Top Ten). People often call you a genius, though they may have a hard time relating to you. You have a strong sense of justice and a belief in right and wrong. You have a romantic side too, don’t hide it!
* The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (2015 Teens Top Ten Nominee). You don’t follow the path of least resistance. You are clever and quick. Sometimes you think with your heart rather than you head, but it hasn’t steered you wrong (yet).
* Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King. You have an artist’s eye and you tend to observe and like to stay quiet and hidden. Let yourself out a bit, and don’t be a pushover!
* Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn. You may have some memory issues. You have a violent streak, but try to keep it under control. Remember that you are not alone.
* The Replacements by Brenna Yovanoff (2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults). You believe you are an outsider, though you may not be aware of how much those in your life really care for you. You may have some latent musical talent.
* Sex & Violence by Carrie Mescrobian (2014 Morris Award Finalist). You are working on having more mature romantic attachments. You can be distant. You could benefit from talking to a counselor or therapist. Let others in, even if it’s scary.
* Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff. You see things that others may not. You have strong friendships. You recently realized that you should follow your own path. You have a great fashion sense.
* Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black. You are brave and strong. You believe in things that others may mock (like magic and faeries). You need to uncover some memories you may be forgetting.
* The Archived by Victoria Schwab. You keep secrets, but always for a good cause. You tend to see things as black or white; and you like for things to fall into specific definitive categories.
* Angelfall by Susan Ee. you are a survivor. You study hard, you practice hard, and you love hard. You usually fall into the role of care-taker and you are OK with that.
* Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl. (Adult book with YA appeal). You are a loner. You are introverted. You try to hide behind those with more out-going personalities. Though you are brilliant, you sometimes find people to be a hopeless enigma.
* The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. You are a romantic. You have a hard time with ambiguity. You believe in dreams and might have a hard time with reality. Some may call you immature.
* The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2002 Popular Paperback for Young Adults, Best Books for Young Adults 2000, Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 2000). You prefer to stay on the fringes. You have great taste in books and music. Sometimes you have dark thoughts, try not to let them get the better of you.
* Divergent by Veronica Roth (2011 Reader’s Choice Nomination 2012 Teens Top Ten). Your personality cannot be pigeon-holed: you are selfless, honest, kind, smart, and brave. Your moods change with the weather and others might call you “inconsistent”.
Don’t see any favorites? Write in the title in the comments field and I’ll see what the “fates” tell me….
-Tara Kehoe, currently reading Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson