If you're on Twitter, you've been seen some discussions around the #KeepYAWeird hashtag.
Today, we're going to give you some AWESOMELY weird YA book recommendations, #KeepYAWeird news + an awesome giveaway!
Keeping YA Weird.... one book at a time.
We thought we'd help, by sharing five weird YA titles and an awesome giveaway from our friends at Penguin Teen...
5. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
I had a hard time deciding between this book, and Gabrielle's Elsehwere.
However, I decided to go with Memoirs, because Gabrielle perfectly captures just how bizarre and liberating it can be to get to start over, and what kind of strange twists your life may take, especially if you don't have all of the answers.
4. The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder (Razorbill)
What do flamingos, miracle cures and a young girl in cancer, all have in common?
Well, you find out in Wendy Wunder's The Probability of Miracles. The book itself isn't exactly weird per se, but it contains a lot of moments that will make you think about how weird life can be, and how strange reminders can make a life worth living.
3. Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando (Dutton)
If you were given the chance to live on the famed Coney Island and you learned that you were the granddaughter of two carnies, you would have Jane's life.
Tara Altebrando has written a fabulous story on what it means to find yourself in a new town of strange, quirky characters, and how being "normal" is sometimes a matter of perspective.
2. Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Delacorte)
Going Bovine is a fantastically weird novel of one young man who is diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob's (Mad Cow disease), and goes on a odyssey to try and find a cure.
It's quirky, depressing, strange and as author/reviewer Adele Griffin said on Goodreads, shows how Bray basically threw all caution to the wind, by writing this high-wire act of a book.
This is a classic example of a wonderfully weird YA book. Read it.
1. The Alex Crow by Andrew Smith (Dutton)
Like Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew has created a weird, fascinating world in The Alex Crow.
I'm not going to spoil it for any of you, but just take a look at the synopsis. You want to read this. Trust me.
So what do you think? Have you read any of these titles? What are you planning on doing to help us #KeepYAWeird? Let us know in the comments!
Don't forget to also check out the #KeepYAWeird twitter chat: on March 17th at 7:00pm EST with some of our favorite weird YA writers:
Andrew Smith (The Alex Crow)
Jon Skovron (Man Made Boy)
April Genevieve Tucholke (Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea)
Kat Rosenfield (Inland, Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone)
Brenna Yovanoff (Paper Valentine)
We'll see all of you there!
IN THE MEANTIME...
Thanks to the awesome folks at Penguin Teen, you can win: