YALSA recommends books for young adults who enjoy 'Gossip Girls' series

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


For Immediate Release
April 11, 2006

YALSA recommends books for young adults who enjoy 'Gossip Girl' series

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced a list of books to recommend to teens, both avid and reluctant readers, who are looking for books like Cecily von Ziegesar's "Gossip Girl" series.

"The books on this list are perfect for when your readers have finished with every "Gossip Girl" title in your library and are clamoring for another book like the Gossip Girl," said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley.

  • Bauer, Joan.
    "Rules of the Road."
    [and sequel: "Best Foot Forward"]

    Seventeen-year-old Jenna's job at crusty Mrs. Gladstone's shoe store leads to her driving Mrs. Gladstone across the country to Texas to prevent a company takeover.

    Best Books for Young Adults Top Ten 1999; Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2001.

  • Brashares, Ann. "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." [and sequels]

    Four lifelong friends and a magical pair of jeans take summer journeys to discover love, disappointments, and self-realization.

    Best Books for Young Adults Top Ten 2002; Selected Audiobooks 2002.

  • Cohn, Rachel. "Gingerbread." [and sequel: "Shrimp"]

    After being expelled from a fancy boarding school, Cyd Charisse's problems with her mother escalate. Cyd falls in love with a sensitive surfer and is subsequently sent from San Francisco to New York City to spend time with her biological father.

    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten 2003.

  • Dessen, Sarah. "This Lullaby." [and "The Truth About Forever," same author]

    Made cynical by her romance novelist mother's five failed marriages, Remy Starr is stunned to discover that her heart may not be made of stone, when she reluctantly falls for quirky-cute Dexter the summer before she leaves for college.

    Best Books for Young Adults 2003.

  • Kantor, Melissa.
    "If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?" [also:
    Confessions of a Not It Girl," same author]

    After Lucy is forced to move to a posh Long Island suburb with her dad and new stepmother, she goes from the outcast new girl to a reluctant teen queen when the hottest boy in school becomes her boyfriend, in this modern Cinderella story.

  • Lockhart, E.
    "The Boyfriend List" (15 guys, 11 shrink appointments, 4 ceramic frogs,
    and me, Ruby Oliver)

    Ruby's life is a disaster after her breakup with boyfriend #13.

    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers 2006.

  • Mackler, Carolyn. "The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things."

    When her best friend moves away, Virginia learns how to manage her weight, her love life, and an accusation of date rape against her older brother, all on her own.

    Michael L. Printz Honor Book 2004; Best Books for Young Adults 2004; Teens Top Ten 2004.

  • Maxwell, Katie. "The Year My Life Went Down the Loo" [and subsequent titles]

    Sixteen-year-old Emily Marie William's life seems to swirl down the loo (toilet) when she moves from Seattle, Washington, to Piddlington-on-the-Weld, England. (annotation from Kliatt)

  • McCafferty, Megan. "Sloppy Firsts" [and sequel: "Second Helpings"]

    Welcome to High School Life, also known as "Wonderbreadland"...you got your IQ's, Upper Crusts, 404's and Hanger-ons.

    Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten 2003; Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2003.

  • Rennison, Louise.
    "Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging" [and subsequent titles]

    A yearlong comic romp with Georgia as she flips from soaring joys to bottomless angst.

    Michael L. Printz Honor Book 2001; Best Books for Young Adults 2001; Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Top Ten 2001; Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2003.

The booklist was compiled by YALSA's Booklist Task Force: chair, Sarah Dentan, Cambridgeshire County Library Service, United Kingdom; Cathy Andronik, Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk, Conn.; Patricia Foster, Salt Lake (Utah) County Library System; Marilyn Heath, Greer (S.C.) Middle School; Gayle Keresey, Roland-Grise Middle School in Wilmington, N.C.; Melissa Moore, Union University, Jackson, Tenn.; Mary Peterson, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and Maria Scinto, St. Anne's Day School, Annapolis, Md.

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