So You Want a New Read? {Underrated YA}

Posted January 13, 2014 by Stormy in Books / 29 Comments

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A common complaint I often see about the book blogging circle is that everyone is reviewing the same books and ARCs. While that’s a valid complaint, I wanted to make this flowchart to let everyone know of some books I really love that I think are underrated. Some are definitely a stretch(I’m not sure if A Monster Calls is underrated, but I’d like to recommend it to more people) but some definitely ARE underrated. These are just books I’ve read, so there’s not an even breakdown of female narrators/male narrators or anything, but you can still use it!

And in case the large graphic is loading slow, here’s a list of the books on the flowchart:

1. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
2. Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
4. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Cooley
5. Parallel by Lauren Miller
6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
7. The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik
8. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
9. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
10. Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
11. Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway


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29 responses to “So You Want a New Read? {Underrated YA}

  1. This is awesome! what a great flow chart! I’m adding some of these to my list. πŸ™‚ I really like hearing about underrated reads bc sometimes I feel like I don’t know about any of them!

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! It was hard to come up with these books because *I* don’t think I know enough underrated books, but I definitely wanted to give some shout-outs.

  2. Oooh lovely flow chart!!! Charm and Strange was good? I actually got it somewhere and didn’t read it because Goodreads said it was a werewolf book haha. So many on your list that I still need to read!!!

    • stormydawnc

      Charm & Strange is REALLY good, I think, but you sort of have to read through the end. And yeah. . . it’s not really a werewolf book. Not in the typical sense. There’s talk of werewolves but it’s more . . . metaphorical than actual werewolves. It’s hard to try & explain without being too spoiler-y, but it’s not super paranormal.

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  4. This is such a fun flowchart… funny enough, I got a book which a couple of bloggers have been telling me needs more attention! Plus, Charm and Strange really does sound right up my street. πŸ™‚

    I also totally agree that A Monster Calls and Unwind need WAY more attention! :

    Brilliant post & happy reading/blogging!

    • stormydawnc

      Yay! I’d have to change the flowchart now, since Charm & Strange won an award recently! Until then, hardly anyone I knew had read it.

  5. There are actually days where different blogs all review the same book within a week. I think the most recent one that I’ve encountered was Being Sloane Jacobs. Lol. I think it’s a good idea to feature a couple of underrated novels as well. I haven’t read any of the books on your list, but I am interested in A Monster Calls and Parallel. I might just try out the others as well if I get the time or source. πŸ˜›

    • stormydawnc

      Yeah, I remember that happening with Being Sloane Jacobs(and I was one of them! Never knew everyone else would be posting on the same day too). I LOVE A Monster Calls & Parallel. Both very good books.

  6. I love the flowchart! While I like that we all read the same books because it makes it easy to chat about them, I hate when it feels like everyone’s blog is posting the same thing (oh this book was great! best book ever! I loved it!). I love reading reviews and discussions about books I’ve never heard of or maybe have heard of but didn’t give much notice to. That’s one of my “goals” this year – to read more books that aren’t what everyone else is reading and talk about them on my blog. Even if no one really reads about those books, I think it’s fun just writing down my thoughts! Great post!

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you! Yeah, it’s definitely a trade-off, because I do LOVE when everyone is almost reading the same thing together & I chat about it on twitter with other bloggers and things like that. But then, sometimes it gets overwhelming like when I see 5 different blogs post reviews for the same books on the same day(and I’ve definitely been part of that too before). Plus, I think I miss out on some back list titles that way!

    • stormydawnc

      Yeah, I would agree now. I actually made the infographic several months ago, before hardly any of my Goodreads friends had read it, and I had only seen a few reviews. I’ve seen a lot since they re-released a non-illustrated paperback!

  7. Yesss! I see so many over hyped books in the blogosphere sometimes that it all gets a little repetitive.

    To reiterate your point, one of my all time favorite books is Take Me There by Carolee Dean and it’s a pretty underrated book. I do want to put a light on those favorites too because they tend to get overlooked.

    Great recs, Stormy! I’ll definitely be reading some of them and I loved that you included Lauren Miller’s Parallel which is another all-time favorite of mine. Yay, books. =D

    • stormydawnc

      Yeah, the repetitiveness is why I made this! And it’s not a huge list or anything, but I hoped it could be a starting place. And yes, Parallel is amazing!

  8. What a great flow chart! And I do feel like wanting to read more books that are not as hyped, because sometimes I feel like I’m missing some great hidden gems. Out of your list, I have only read Smart Girls Get What They Want and I think it’s awesome! I couldn’t agree more that it deserves to be read more! I must check out Audrey, Wait! too because if it’s anything like the Smart Girls…, I’m sure I’m going to like that one too!

    • stormydawnc

      Thank you!
      I loved Smart Girls. It was one of my favorite books I read last year. Audrey, Wait! definitely has a similar “vibe” in my mind, though very different plots of course. It’s highly underrated!

  9. I love your flowchart! What did you use to create it? I know it can be a bit frustrating when everyone is reading and reviewing the same books. I like it when it’s a book I loved, but when it’s a book I have no interest in, it’s a little frustrating.

    Anyway, I haven’t read any of these books! And I definitely try to read backlist items. Audrey, Wait! has been on my TBR list forever, and I do love Robin Benway. I don’t know why I’m dragging my feet.

    • stormydawnc

      There’s a web app called Lucid chart that I’ve used a few times before, so that’s how I made the flowchart! It’s really more for diagrams(like system diagrams) than anything else, but it’s quite simple for someone who doesn’t know how to make charts.

      Totally agree! Sometimes I know I contribute to the hype too and I don’t mind that really, but it’s nice to be alerted of some backlist titles. Audrey, Wait! is completely underrated in my opinion. It’s really quite good!

  10. Jade @ Bits & Bobs

    Unwind is definitely an underrated YA book in my opinion. It was one of those surprise reads for me and even made it on to favourites of 2013.
    Just yesterday I was thinking I want to read more YA so this post came at an appropriate time for me!

    • stormydawnc

      It definitely is! I think if it had been published a few years later–in the big YA Dystopia craze–it would have a much wider audience.

  11. Great post idea! I do find it sad that I don’t always see much variety in the book blogging world. Personally, I love finding underrated beauties. It makes me feel like I own something the rest of the world hasn’t discovered yet. Maybe that sounds a bit snobbish, but I really like being able to read something I don’t have any external expectations of. And great job on the flow chart!

    • stormydawnc

      It can definitely be hard to find variety. Don’t get me wrong, I do often like (and read!) the hyped books, but sometimes it’s nice to read a book not everyone’s talking about. I feel it takes some of the pressure of expectations off too. And thank you!

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