Welcome to the Blockbuster-Free Summer Reading Exchange (BFSRE)!
As Kerri described in her blog, we’re dedicating a whole YARN page (or more, if it becomes necessary) to the BFSRE. We’ll recommend some of our favorite YA novels that are NOT blockbusters, which means NO “Hunger Games,” “Twilight,” or anything else on the New York Times Bestsellers list. Listen, we love them, too–but they are not the point of this project; they don’t need our help.
But our staff is just here to get the ball rolling. Really, we want YOU, Readers, to tell us what lesser-known YA YOU are reading, or what you have loved, and why, using the Comments section on the page. Please consult the current NYT Bestsellers list to make sure your suggestion isn’t on it, and try to stay away from classics like Judy Blume or S.E. Hinton, too, since obviously those are perennial blockbusters in their own way. Also, if you are a writer, please don’t just post about your own book–we’d love to hear your recommendations about other books, and if you happen to add the url to your own book in your signature, we promise not to delete it
Remember, part of the point here is to bring attention to writers and books that haven’t gotten enough of it. We hope, also, that a dialogue will start on the page about these books, and why we love them, so please respond to others’ posts.