23 July 2011

YA books that deal with loss

Lately I have been reading some fantastic young adult books that dealt with the themes grief and loss. And now I want to share my favourites with you.
Even though I'm a big wimp and cry very easily I love reading emotional books. As long as the book is not too cruel & the end is positive and uplifting I'm willing to read it. 

The books I'm recommending are very different from each other and all touched me deeply.

Shadow Falls by Amy Kathleen Ryan
read my review

In her Grandfather's bright Wyoming valley surrounded by the mighty Tetons, 15-year-old Annie McGraw wanders a forest of shadows. She and her older brother, Cody, always spent the summers here - Cody scaling the cliff walls with Grandpa, Annie tracking Yellowstone moose with her camera. But after the phone call, the valley, like the rest of Annie's world, feels drained of color.
Annie wishes the summer could pass like a night of dreamless sleep - until a grizzly bear finds her on the riverbank. The bear spares her life, but it has a message for her. Suddenly Annie isn't sure how she feels about anything. Like signs in a dark forest, strangers emerge along her path - a handsome guy with a dangerous smile, a little boy wise beyond his years, the man in the Teepee Tree. Even Grandpa, always so solid and distant, seems to hold secrets behind his icy blue eyes. Struggling under the weight of her grief, Annie begins to follow the signs, and to hear the grizzly's message.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour
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Devastating, hopeful, hopeless, playful . . . in words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn't die with Ingrid. And the journal which once seemed only to chronicle Ingrid's descent into depression, becomes the tool by which Caitlin once again reaches out to all those who loved Ingrid - and Caitlin herself

Let's get lost by Sarra Manning 
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Isabel's friends are terrified of her, her teachers can't get through to her, her family doesn't understand her, and that's just the way she likes it. Nothing gets to Isabel--not even her mother's sudden death. When she meets an enigmatic guy named Smith, Isabel fights hard to keep hold of her cool, snarky image, but she soon finds herself coming apart at the seams, feeling the pain, and missing her mom. Let's Get Lost is a poignant and utterly compelling novel, told with all the author's trademark wit and sharp observation.

The Liar Society by Lisa & Laura Roecker
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Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.
Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder...


  1. Hold Still is a favorite of mine as well and I have The Liar Society on my TBR. I will have to check out The Sky is Everywhere and Saving June!

    Thanks for the great post ^-^


  2. god I need this books! I too cry ~in my opinion- waay too easily but looooove this genre of books! they get to me in a way other books can't ^-^
    thanks for the recommendation! hope to read them soon!

  3. I know this sounds weird but books about grief and stuff are usually my favourites, especially when I need a good cry! :p I agree, Hold Still was awesome, and I'd definitely second the rec fo The Sky is Everywhere, it was one of my favorite reads last year :) I have you heard of Fall for Anything by COurtney Summers? I think that book's amazing also, but i has a darker feel to it. I hope you like these books!

  4. I like the premise for Shadow Falls and Saving June. Thanks for sharing what sounds to be great reads...

  5. Thanks for the linkage! I can't wait for you to read both Saving June and The Sky is Everywhere. I love both. I'm def adding Hold Still and Let's Get Lost to the TBR. I've been wanting to try one of Sarra Manning's YA titles, I just haven't been sure where to begin.

    Thanks for the great post. If done well I always find books about grief/loss interesting, even though I haven't experienced any big losses myself except for a grandparent.

  6. Thanks for linking to my reviews! I do hope you enjoy reading both The Sky is Everywhere and Saving June - I really liked the former but I loved the latter. They're awesome debut novels.

    I already have a copy of Let's Get Lost. I look forward to reading it, especially since you know how much I loved Sarra Manning's adult novels. :)




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