Monday, July 13, 2015

#QuietYA Guest Post with Jaclyn Dolamore

I am so excited to be part of my dear friends Julie and Rachael Allen's QuietYA posts today! In case you're not sure what this is all about, please check out Rachael's interview with Julie...which happens to be on Julie's blog, found here

I love Jackie Dolamore and her works for life, so I'm very pleased to be able to share her guest posts on what quiet YAs have her heart. Enjoy!

My favorite YA book is actually a quiet YA. Yes, my FAVORITE. As in, I love it more than Graceling or Seraphina or Eleanor and Park or a whole slew of other really wonderful, but really well-known books. I recommend it every chance I get. If you like historical fiction and you have never read A True and Faithful Narrative by Katharine Sturtevant, well—you MUST. It’s impressively accurate to the time period (17th century England) and deals with a heroine who wants to be a writer. (Sue me, I’m a sucker for those.) It also has a romance that I find exceedingly romantic, because it’s complex and real and develops slowly.

Basically, if you think intelligent people talking to each other with passion is sexy as all get out, then you will love Chapter 10, part 2.

In recent years, I haven’t had much reading time, and unwisely, I went to several book conferences in 2014 anyway and came home with a huge pile of advanced reader copies that I ended up having no time to read. But one I did read, and was pleasantly surprised by, was The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu. M.T. is blonde and pale—but she’s also an illegal immigrant from South America, a secret she has managed to keep from her friends until college looms. If I had a book club I’d be begging them to discuss this one, because it is such an interesting take on illegal immigration. But M.T. is also a sympathetic, flawed and interesting heroine.

Tara Kelly’s books are worth a mention, as she finally has a new one coming out, The Foxglove Killings (love that title and cover), and for that matter I just read her 2011 book, Amplified. Both Amplified and her debut Harmonic Feedback deal with music and protagonists who can be a little prickly, a little messed up—but I identify with their flaws and want to see them succeed, and the side characters feel real. But the best thing about Tara’s books to me is just the solid writing—I know I’m going to get a good story, so I’m down for anything she writes!

Although not exactly a young adult NOVEL, I can never shut up about the graphic novel series Thieves and Kings by Mark Oakley, which has a YA sensibility and a Hayao Miyazaki vibe. The characters in this series are just so delightful, and the whole thing feels so richly imagined. The only problem is, I’m not sure he’ll ever write the ending, but you know what, I’m kind of okay with that! I don’t mind imagining these people living on without an ending. It’s one of my favorite story worlds to escape into again and again.

Jaclyn Dolamore was homeschooled in a hippie sort of way and spent her childhood reading as many books as her skinny nerd-body could lug from the library and playing elaborate pretend games with her sister Kate. She skipped college and spent eight years drudging through retail jobs, developing her thrifty cooking skills and pursuing a lifelong writing dream. She has a passion for history, thrift stores, vintage dresses, David Bowie, drawing, and organic food. She lives with her partner and plot-sounding-board, Dade, and three weird cats.

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