Everyone has that one book.
You know, that book that you absolutely loved but no one else seems to know anything about.
The book that almost seems like your best-kept secret, even though you’ve told a ton of people to read it.
And maybe it was a series that didn’t get the best pick-up so it might have been shelved. Or maybe the people around you don’t read in the same genre. Or maybe they do and they just didn’t like it as much as you did.
And you don’t know why people don’t love it as much as you do because it’s perfect and special and meant a lot to you at that time in your life, and you learned so much about it and OMG THE FEELS and THE SWOONS.
It’s the book that kind of makes you feel a bit special because you get it, and so few people do.
And maybe you’ve tweeted the author and he/she has tweeted back, so yeah, other people do like it, because the author is still an author, but are those other people your nearest and dearest and can you talk to them ALL THE TIME about this book?
It makes you feel like you’re in a special club. You’re a hipster for that book. It’s not supposed to be exclusive, but it is.
Well, screw exclusivity.
For me, that book is The Cinderella Society by Kay Cassidy.
It’s about a cheerleader who gets recruited into a secret society of good girls. It’s about learning to live positively and taking on bullies. It’s about a romance that feels too good to be true – and almost is because the people in the relationship can’t accept themselves as being as good as the other person sees them.
I’ve given this book to a few people. I’ve mentioned it a few times. I’ve tweeted it as a rec to a bunch of people.
No one seems to get it. Even the editors didn’t get it because they dropped the series, so yeah, I’m STILL wondering what happened to the characters.
But it’s okay. I’m still reading it. I’m still learning from it.
I might be the only one, but I’m owning it like the Book Hipster that I am.
What’s That One Book for you? (Y’know. If you feel like sharing). What book are you a Book Hipster for?
Let’s give some of those books the recognition they deserve.
All of the books, Tiff. But if I had to pick… I can't stick to one.
There's Above by Leah Bobet (underground society of "freaks" and "monsters" trying to find their place in the world while everyone else fears them and hates them), there's Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves (weird horror with a bipolar biracial heroine), there's The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff (daughter of Lucifer and Lilith heads off to the human world to find her missing brother with the help of a suicidal teen), and there's the Strange Angels series by Lili St. Crow (similar to Vampire Academy and Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the teen girl monster hunter way but with barely any romance).
As I mentioned on Twitter, I have never heard of any of these, but I looked them all up on Goodreads. Above by Leah Bobet sounds amazing – and also very polarizing. People either love it or hate it, mostly because of the voice. Do you have a review of it?
Yes! There are always those books that i literally want everyone to read. The Pendragon series by D. J. MacHale and The Mediator series by Meg Cabot. I can't even remember how many times I have reread the series, right after Harry Potter, they're my two of my ultimate favourites. I feel like rereading them now. I'm going to grab this one and read it because it just sounds so fun. Thanks for sharing Tiff!
Awesome! So glad I got you re-reading, Giselle. I know your love for DJ McHale, I have to give him a try since you love him so much and I honestly haven't heard enough about him. Would I like him as a contemp fan?
For me it is The story of Owen by E. K. Johnston. i want everyone to read this book, even if they do not love it like I do they will appreciate the rare YA book where the two main characters have no romantic involvement with each other at all, none!
I share a love for The Mediator series by Meg Cabot
My secret shame is that I've never read a Meg Cabot novel *hides from tomato-throwing* – I tried to read The Princess Diaries and got a bit annoyed with the voice. Is The Mediator better and different?
The Story of Owen sounds amazing, and I'm so glad to see that it's Canadian! I actually have a great love for dragons but am often disappointed when people don't write them in a way that lives up to my daydreams (I am so hesitant to try out Julie Kagawa's Talon because of that). This one sounds like it fits the bill and is also grounded in reality because it's an alternate history – perfect for me. Thank you SO MUCH for the rec.
I do agree with you that sometimes the romance in YA gets a bit tiresome, especially when it's not done in a new or interesting way. You've read Code Name Verity, right?
I never read the Princess Diaries, so I cannot speak to that. But, I did enjoy the voice in All American Girl and the Mediator series not to mention her stand alone adult books.
Let me know if you love Owen as much as me. Right now it is tied with the Grave Mercy series for my most recommended books when I do readers advisory.
I am ashamed to say I have not gotten to Verity yet.. but it is on my tbr list.
That book for me might be Dragon Prince by Melaine Rawn. On another note, I love the title and cover of The Cinderella Society so I'm off to Goodreads to check it out!
So many people recommending dragon books, I love it!
Tiffany, PLEASE let me know if you end up loving The Cinderella Society as much as I did – it sounds flaky, but there's so much empowering stuff in that book, and the author is self-pubbing sequels in the spring!
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