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Books for 13yo dd who has just read Divergent?

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CocktailQueen Tue 13-Sep-16 19:01:43

She loved it but is looking for something less harrowing this time. Have Googled, and so many teen/YA books are scary/sad/terrifying.

Any recommendations? We both read and loved Em Bailey's Shift.

WorkingBling Tue 13-Sep-16 19:06:45

I would recommend John Wyndham. Old, but excellent. Chrysalids is a good entry book. Day of the triffids also good at that age.

TheOnlyLivingBoyInNewCross Tue 13-Sep-16 19:10:08

I always recommend it: has she read Patrick Ness's Chaos Walking trilogy? One of my favourite YA writers. He also wrote The Rest of Us Just Live Here, a novel told from the point of view of the "normal people" in a school with "Chosen Ones" in it (think Buffy the Vampire Slayer if it focused on students other than the Scooby gang!)

Millipedewithherfeetup Tue 13-Sep-16 19:11:00

My dd loved the Diary of a chav series ( l read them tooblush), very funny, teen fiction.

StuntNun Tue 13-Sep-16 19:23:22

The Psionic Pentalogy by Adrian Howell would be good. My 13yo likes Ali Sparkes' Shapeshifter series. Rippler by Cidney Swanson is another option.

JedRambosteen Tue 13-Sep-16 19:29:52

Mallory Blackman's 'Noughts & Crosses' series. Imagines a world where whites are the oppressed minority and discriminated against to explore racism & has love across race & class boundaries. Better written than the Divergent books, more interesting. (In a previous job, I had very busy periods where I would bash through YA fiction series as a distraction/short term insomnia solution.)

JedRambosteen Tue 13-Sep-16 19:35:52

Suffice it to say, the last few years of staged cinematic releases of The Hunger Games & Divergent films has been fab. Actually, The Hunger Games books are good but a bit bleak. Better again than the Divergent & Noughts & Crosses series. Those stupid Twilight books were boring as fuck though - and not a healthy relationship.

CocktailQueen Tue 13-Sep-16 20:45:53

Thanks! Some great ideas. Funnily enough, she's just added Noughts and Crosses to her birthday list.

Have bought her the Howell book - thanks, StuntNun -

She's read the Hunger Games books but they made her cry (and me). We need something less nihilistic, more positive, I think.

Have just bought her the Chaos Walking trilogy and the Howell book - thanks, StuntNun and NewCross.

Think I'll read the Crysalids first, to check out how scary it is. Thank you smile You can never have too many books!!

Wonderone Tue 13-Sep-16 20:53:30

Sophie Kinsella has just done her first YA book Finding Audrey that gets good reviews.

TheCountessofFitzdotterel Tue 13-Sep-16 20:56:00

The Uglies trilogy by Scott Westerfeld is great.

iklboo Tue 13-Sep-16 20:57:20

DS is a bit younger, but we're all enjoying the Miss Peregrine series (film out later this month).

WorkingBling Wed 14-Sep-16 06:48:17

Good idea to read books first. I think chrysalids is fine and ultimately happy. More so than divergent definitely. Or hunger games. But avoid midwhich cuckoos of his for a few year...!

CocktailQueen Wed 14-Sep-16 07:40:49

Oh, I want to read Midwich Cuckoos - sounds fab. Thanks smile

Have checked out the others too. The Uglies/Pretties one sounds good too. But maybe not very cheerful?

I remember reading books at dd's age - and younger - and crying for hours after them - The Diddakoi, by Rumer Godden, and A Little Princess, and dd seem,s to have inherited that from me...

mrsmortis Wed 14-Sep-16 13:58:31

I love the Chrysalids, it was one of my favourite books. There is also Children of Dust which at least has a hopeful ending...

I'd recommend Tamora Pierce. But be aware that the third Lioness book has some sex in it (no more than in Judy Blume (and less explicit). Certainly less worrying to me than the third Twilight). You might want to read it first. The later ones are better than the early ones I think.

Also the Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. They are fantasy but have a Rosemary Sutcliffe quality to them too.

At that age I also started to really get into Anne McCaffery's Pern books. Dragonsinger/song are probably the best place for a young girl to get started. I like the books by her much better than the later ones with her son.

treggle Wed 14-Sep-16 14:00:24

We are looking for the same cocktailqueen

It's a bit disappointing that books aimed at 13 year old girls are either chick lit or terrifying

Sadik Wed 14-Sep-16 16:13:08

I was going to recommend Uglies - it's much more upbeat overall than Divergent / Hunger Games et al. Also agree with the Harper Hall trilogy by Anne McCaffrey if she likes fantasy. Has she read the Mortal Instruments / Infernal Devices books by Cassandra Clare? They're urban fantasy and also not depressing - lots of wisecracks and romance amongst the demon-chasing and world-saving.

14 y/o DD likes Rainbow Rowell (esp Fangirl) - yes, they're teen romances, but well written and entertaining.

Ready Player One isn't specifically YA, but dd really enjoyed it (actually, I've not run into anyone who's read it and doesn't like it) - near future SF set in an online world.

Sadik Wed 14-Sep-16 16:16:11

Just remembered another series, if she's looking for a light read. The Night School books look like they're going to be twilight-esq vampire romances from the cover, but actually are teen-spy-school-conspiracy-theory-light-thriller, nothing deep and meaningful but amusing.

Sadik Wed 14-Sep-16 16:17:04

(That's Night School by CJ Daugherty, not Night School by Lee Child!)

multivac Wed 14-Sep-16 16:21:54

I can recommend Blame, by Simon Mayo (yes, that Simon Mayo...); great concept, well written and pacey. More in the series are promised. My boys loved Divergent and Noughts & Crosses, and were very taken by Blame.

multivac Wed 14-Sep-16 16:28:45

(Mind you, it's still in the dystopian arena... what about Little Women?)

CocktailQueen Wed 14-Sep-16 16:47:01

She has read Little Women, thanks.

I've bought her the Flambards series as well - I loved them as a child!

Simon Mayo?? Must Google again...

It's a bit disappointing that books aimed at 13 year old girls are either chick lit or terrifying

I know, Treggle. It's the way publishing is going at the moment. Like HP spawned a whole load of books about wizards, so Hunger Games has spawned a whole load of bleak dystopian books.

I lIked Sweet Valley High as a girl - wonder if they're still around?!

multivac Wed 14-Sep-16 16:51:21

Was also about to recommend Malorie Blackman's latest - Chasing the Stars (a rewriting of Othello, but set in space. S'riously.) But then remembered that it had me sobbing. Was good, though!

GobblersKnob Wed 14-Sep-16 16:57:49

I was going the say Pretties/Uglies/Specials too, it is much less harrowing and far more adventure based than other YA stuff, it is also interesting social comment, I liked them wink

WorkingBling Wed 14-Sep-16 21:30:53

I loved sweet valley high too. Do they still exist and any modern version?

I had my nose permanently in a book at that age. Why can't I remember what I read?

I did read a lot of fantasy - David eddings' belgariad was a classic. Ditto the Pern books someone else recommended. I read Robert Jordan wheel of time at that age too or perhaps a bit older.

I read Roots as a teenager too. Might be interesting for her.

Classics? Austin/bronte etc?

WorkingBling Wed 14-Sep-16 21:37:19

Nancy Drew? Or is that better for younger children? I think they have modernised them.

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