No Teens Were Harmed in the Making of These Books

Nikki Highfill (@nikkijh24)
Tired of reading depressing stories about dying kids. Looking for happy feel-good YA lit recommendations. Please and thank you. #eng438

As promised, a very idiosyncratic list of YA novels that have made me happy over the past few years. Enjoy!

The entire Casson family series by Hilary McKay:

Saffy’s Angel

Indigo’s Star (my very favorite)

Permanent Rose

Caddy Ever After

Caddy’s World

Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Carolyn Mackler, Vegan Virgin Valentine

D.L. Garfinkle, Storky: How I Lost My Nickname and Won the Girl

Steve Kluger, My Most Excellent Year

Jaclyn Moriarty, The Year of Secret Assignments

Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Dairy Queen

John Green, Paper Towns

E. Lockhart, The Boyfriend List

Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me

Melina Marchetta, Saving Francesca

Robin Brande, Fat Cat

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares

Carl Hiaasen, Hoot

Brent Crawford, Carter Finally Gets It

Allen Zadoff, Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have

Cecil Castellucci, The Queen of Cool

Meg Cabot, The Princess Diaries

Shannon Hale, Book of a Thousand Days

Megan Whalen Turner, The Thief

Kristin Cashore, Graceling

E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Frank Cottrell Boyce, Millions

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