Tuesday, November 21, 2006

And the Winner is....

Just finished up four fabulous YA books. Adios to my Old Life by Caridad Ferrer, I was a Teenage Popsicle, by Bev Katz Rosenbaum, How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles, and I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter.

Gawd, the last week was like never ending chocolates. Didn't get enough done, but it was so worth it. I flipped a coin to see which one I'd read first and even then it was tough. Which one did I like best? I couldn't even begin to guess as each was so inventive and fabulous. Maybe the authors will send me a pix and the back cover blurb so I can put them up tomorrow. Until then, I created an award ceremony to celebrate each one of them. Enjoy!

Best cover hair: Adios To My Old Life. This is Breck worthy hair. Of course, having it draped across an electric guitar helps!

Most inventive title: I Was a Teenage Popsicle. How could this one not make you wonder and go "Hmmmm."

Cutest cover clothes: I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You. Is it just me or is the Gallagher school uniform the cutest thing ever?

Grossest moment: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. When the dead snake squished between Amy's toes, I truly felt her nausea.

Scariest Moment: I was a Teenage Popsicle: When Floe wakes up ten years into the future and realizes that all the girls are wearing unitards. UNITARDS! Just kill me now. I have seen into the future and it doesn't bode well for us old people.

Best Setting: How to Ruin a Summer Vacation. It's set in Israel and the American Amy gets to see an Israel most of us have never glimpsed. (Including a lot of a hunky Israel guy!) Which brings us to...

Hottest Hottie: This one was a toughie. Every guy had their delectable good points. Avi is a sexy commando in the Israeli army, Taz is a gorgeous, formerly frozen, sensitive rebel type, and Josh is adorable. But I have to admit, I have a serious yen for Jaime, sensuous, intelligent Jaime from Adios to My Old Life, with his streaky green eyes.

Best love scene: Yeah, I know, this is YA. But don't you remember making out when you were a teen? Now, Cammie and Josh from I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You, only shared warm kisses. Probably because Josh knew subconsciously that Cammie could kick his ass if he got out of hand. Floe and Taz, from I Was a Teenage Popsicle, also shared warm kisses... probably because they were both still getting used to being unfrozen. But Amy and Avi from How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and Ali and Jaime from Adios to My Old Life, shared real makeout scenes... the ones I remember from highschool. The hormones made it hot, no matter how far you actually went. Though the poolhouse scene was smokin', I would have to say that the moments Amy and Avi stole out in the Israeli dessert were the hottest.

Best Girlfriends: I'd Tell You I Love You but Then I'd Have to Kill You without a doubt. These roomies would do anything for each other including blowing out a car tire and swinging on the side of a house to spy on your guy. Now that's friendship.

There you have it... My awards for my favorite YA books on the shelves. But don't take my word for it, go get them for yourselves!


bevrosenbaum said...

Award for the most inventive award categories (like best cover hair) goes to...Teri Brown! So glad you liked Popsicle & I totally agree...all of these books rock! Happy reading and writing! And Happy Turkey Day in advance!

Barb AKA Caridad said...

Ha!! I love your Scariest Moment! Unitards-- Bev, what were you thinking?? *g*

Thanks so much, Teri! This was a total hoot!

Little Willow said...

All good reads, all stylish choices. Put them all together and you'll have an interesting ensemble: the uniform from Love You Kill You, the bracelet from Popsicle, the guitar from Adios, and the puppy from Vacation. :)

Simone Elkeles said...


Love the categories! Funny that I got grossest scene and the hottest love scene--(gotta have diversity if you know what I mean).

I can't thank you enough for reading How to Ruin a Summer Vacation and enjoying it. And blogging about great YA authors and their books. You rock!

~Simone Elkeles

stephhale said...


What an awesome post! I've only had time to read I'd tell you and How to ruin so far, but I agree they are awesome YA! Next year give us some notice so we can dress up for the ceremony! Have a great Thanksgiving! :)

Anonymous said...

Ooooh, all of these books are on my growing Amazon wishlist and now I want to read them even more!

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving :)