Magical Realism / Middle Grade / MSWL Paragraphs / Young Adult

Alex Arnold, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins

A YA with an atmosphere & setting impossible to extract myself from. (I felt this way about adult novels RULES OF CIVILITY & THE SECRET HISTORY, and Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE in YA.)

I want a middle grade that will make me cry, but also laugh–maybe at the same time. I’m a big fan of childhood grief handled well in MG.

A high-concept YA comedy of manners.

A YA romance with an interesting structure; think 500 Days of Summer, The Last Five Years, The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan, and How to Love by Katie Cotugno.

An incredible middle grade with a fully-realized world (whether magical realism, contemporary, or historical.)

Magical realism with a literary feel in both middle grade and YA.

Quirky, funny, and heartwarming coming-of-age stories with high concept hooks in middle grade.

I would love a YA friendship love story–that is, a YA where the primary relationship is one between best friends. Think Code Name Verity, or an updated Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.

See all of Alex’s #MSWL tweets. 

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