So it's Topics Time, where I give you a few recommendations based on a particular topic for the week, including new releases and some older backlisted books you can find for cheap or at your library if you're on a budget. This week's discussion? YA (Murder) Mysteries!
1. Dangerous Girls by Abigal Haas
Lots of people rave about this, and for a good reason. It's a mindfuck of a book. Seriously. I could not stop flipping the pages, and about every 5 pages I had a new theory about who had done what and what was going to happen to Anna who was currently stuck in Aruba. And there's more incentive to go get this book—Abigail Haas just released an announcement saying she wasn't given a second book deal because the first one only sold 450 copies. So she's releasing Dangerous Boys herself, which is a crazy bold move and I totally admire her for that. So go get the first one (it's totally worth it) and help support an awesome author.
2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
This was one I read a long time ago before I realized the weird distinct divide between YA and "adult" fiction, and this is one that crosses that line. It's marketed as literary fiction, but the main character is a young boy who discovers his neighbor's dog has been killed. This is a beautiful novel for everyone to read that also has insight into the mind of a logical and literal-thinking boy.
3. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
This was one of my all-time favorites (and it's by the same guy who wrote the Book Thief, for reference) in high school, and I still adore it to this day. It moves much quicker than the Book Thief and follows the story of an underage cab driver who follows playing cards he receives in the mail, becoming a messenger for a mystery he, and you, will be running around and trying to solve as fast as you can read words.
4. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Also called On the Jellicoe Road, this award-winner revolves around Taylor, who is found by Hannah six years prior to the start of the book, solving the mystery of where her friend Hannah has gone. The only clue she's got is an old manuscript about five kids who lived in the town eighteen years earlier. There's also a lot more going on like a territory war and why Taylor was abandoned in the first place and what happened to her family members, and this one will leave you begging for more (seriously SO GOOD).