Sunday, September 12, 2010

Sick of Dystopian Societies and Boys who Bite?

I'm not opposed to sci-fi or paranormal or fantasy (I've read all the Twilight books and am working my way through Hunger Games), but you can read about every-day girls and find a powerful story. I miss reading contemporary series without all the hocus-pocus and futuristic elements. Sometimes I just want to connect with people who don't have to save the world.

Also, you don't have to have poor little rich girls or private school drama to have a good series, although a couple of the series listed here have some of those elements as well. I have included a few books with sequels that might eventually become series. These books are all for older teen readers.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares
I loved this series the first time I read it, and I continue to love it seven years later.

Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson
These girls are the Sisterhood of the South.

Jessica Darling by Megan McCafferty
I can't think of a girl more different than me, but somehow Jessica Darling managed to make me understand her.

Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn
This is my poor little rich girl series, but the main character doesn't stay downtrodden (or filthy rich) for long.

Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
This is my boarding school drama series, only there girls know how to kick some butt.

Scarlett Martin by Maureen Johnson
Two books thus far, but I believe at least one more is on its way.

Lulu Dark by Bennett Madison
I sure hope this Prada-wearing Nancy Drew has a couple more books in her future.

I'm also giving the Confessions of Georgia Nicolson books by Louise Rennison an honorary mention.

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