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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: this was the series that re-introduced me to YA. I was in University at the time, and after reading hours worth of Philosophy, the last thing I ever wanted to do was read for fun. And then my sister encouraged me to read Twilight, and I was hooked!
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead: this was the first YA series I read, after Twilight. So as much as I credit Twilight for re-introducing me to YA, I should also credit VA for validating that Twilight wasn’t an exception.
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare: After finishing Twilight and Vampire Academy, I was worried that I hadn’t found a new category to enjoy, but merely a new genre: vampires. While City of Bones has it’s share of vamps, it had so much else going on in terms of the paranormal, that I knew I was a lover of it all!
Shadows by John Saul: Shadows was my first real venture into Adult books, and I absolutely loved it! The science fiction aspects kept me reading late into the night, and it was my first real foray into the horror genre.
Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois: On a list of gateway books, it’s impossible for me not to mention THE book that (I remember) started it all. Franklin in the Dark is the first book I remember actually reading myself, and the first book I remember relating to; I hated the dark as a kid, so I understood exactly what Franklin was going through! I secretly thought my mom had written the book for me, to help me get over my fear of the dark.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine: I just said that John Saul was my first real venture into horror, but I guess I should say he was my introduction to adult horror. Truth be told, I’ve loved horror as a genre since Goosebumps!
The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin: I guess I would credit The Babysitter’s Club with my introduction to contemporary! It’s probably a tie between BSC and Sweet Valley High, though! Haha
Even If It Kills Me by Dorothy Joan Harris: My first “issue” book that I can remember, Even If It Kills Me was a book I turned to often as a teen, whenever I became too distracted by my weight; Melanie’s experience with anorexia really struck a chord with me.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: After exhausting the paranormal romance genre, I was starting to think that maybe I had had enough of YA. And then I found a copy of The Hunger Games and was introduced to a new-to-me genre: dystopian. Fortunately for me, the final book of the series had JUST been published, so I was able to binge-read the whole thing over the course of a weekend!
Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Crank was my introduction to books written in prose. I was always hesitant to read anything that looked like poetry as a teen, but after being encouraged to give Crank a shot by both of my sisters, I took the plunge. I’ve since read almost everything Hopkins has released and I couldn’t be happier for it! Feel free to send along your recommendations in the comments; I don’t run in to these kind of YA books often!