An Abundance of KatherinesToday’s recommendation is a two-fer: a pair of novels by John Green. I spent a couple of my years at the library working as a young adult librarian, and if you never think to read YA novels, you should. There is a lot of quality literature written for the teen age group – some excellent genre fiction, serious coming of age novels, total fluff, you name it.

Looking for AlaskaJohn Green won the Michael L. Printz award for Looking for Alaska in 2006, and received a Printz honor for An Abundance of Katherines in 2007. The books are very different; Alaska is a tragic coming-of-age story, although there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Abundance is just pure fun; sweet and silly with a little romance. What they share is an engaging main character and awesome supporting characters. I don’t have a lot of time today so I won’t write a plot synopsis, but check these books out if you get a chance.