Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Class of 2012: Elements of Fiction


It's day three of the YA Superlative Class of 2012 Blogfest, and today we're doing Elements of Fiction...

Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you'd thought of yourself).
Don't even lie and tell me you wouldn't pick this.

Also: WHY WE BROKE UP. (See three categories down).

Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to).
The Aether in UNDER THE NEVER SKY. It made me think of the setting in Game of Thrones and I really hope I'm never there because it sounds so scary and I totally would not last for even a second before peeing myself. #notjoking

Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you'd happily travel to).
I dunno if this counts as it was a reread, but WANDERLOVE--omg I just wish I was backpacking with Bria and Rowan WHY AM I IN ENGLAND EW.
Central America sounds amazing, and I adore the adventure of it. I'm a big fan of schedules, routine, just order in general, but personally I think I need to lighten up. If only my parents would y'know...let me go.

Loveliest Prose
“Ed, it was everything, those nights on the phone, everything we said until late became later and then later and very late and finally to go to bed with my ear warm and worn and red from holding the phone close close close so as not to miss a word of what it was, because who cared how tired I was in the humdrum slave drive of our days without each other. - WHY WE BROKE UP

I'm writing a break-up story. And WHY WE BROKE UP is everything I want mine to be. I thought the way it was written felt so special, and fragile-but-indestructible at the same time and damn you, Daniel Handler AKA Lemony Snicket, why couldn't I have gotten there first?

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once.” - THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

“My words are unerring tools of destruction, and I’ve come unequipped with the ability to disarm them.” - THE RAVEN BOYS

I MIGHT be a little obsessed with these two books.

Best First Line
There's a few I like:
"Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she'd been told that she would kill her true love.- THE RAVEN BOYS

I wake with his name in my mouth. - INSURGENT

And then there's THIS:
“Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time to thinking about death.” - THE FAULT IN OUR STARS

Most Dynamic Main Character
Eva-slash-Addie of WHAT'S LEFT OF ME. Two souls + one body = one hell of a character.

Most Jaw-Dropped Ending
THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson. Like how could she even do that wHy WhY WHy? I can't even talk about it, I just need it to be out already so I can actually discuss it with you all! And THE RAVEN BOYS. *screams*

Best Performance in a Supporting Role
All of the Raven Boys. Ronan, the most, I think. Such a distinct voice. It made me shiver. (SHIVER, gettit??)

Best Use of Theme
Holly Cupala delves into teenage homelessness and abuse in DON'T BREATHE A WORD, and wow, it's quite mind-blowing. It was published right at the beginning of the year, in January, and I feel like people forgot about the January releases. I hope more people read this, because Holly really knows how to tell a story.



  1. Love me some Ronan, that's for sure.

  2. Oh Ronan...I love you. Let me fix you. xoxo

  3. I'll definitely have to check out DON'T BREATHE A WORD! There are some clear crowd favorites emerging on these lists but I like seeing the books that only get mentioned once or twice, too!

  4. Yeah that is very cool we both picked Eva/Addie for the most dynamic main character! And I thought it too that the January releases kind of get forgotten. I was surprised I'm the only one so far who mentioned Scarlet!

  5. We have the same Best First Line. :) I think THE RAVEN BOYS deserves to be under almost every category.

    1. I agree! That's the ultimate sign of an amazing book, right?

  6. No better two books to be obsessed with than The Raven Boys and TFiOS, in my humble opinion. :-)

  7. The fault in our stars sounds absolutely GORGEOUS. And yes a book can be gorgeous. Just ask me.

  8. I am QUITE obsessed with TFIOS and The Raven Boys.

    If you've seen my picks you'd think those were the only two books I've read all year. <3 them SO HARD

  9. I just finished The Fault in Our stars, and it's simply beautiful, in my opinion :)

  10. Oh, I forgot about the prose in WHY WE BROKE UP - agreed!


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