Verse Novel Reading 2012

2013 is mere hours away. 2013 is the year my first verse novel, AUDACIOUS will be published. When I stared 2012 I had an inkling that this book would sell (my agent had hinted at it) so it’s not that this aspect of the year is a surprise. What is a surprise is how verse novels have kind of taken over my life, and become such a big part of my writing, blogging, reading and thinking. I read 31 verse novels in 2013, as laid out below. Some of them I adored. Some of them I didn’t even finish. One or two really bugged me. I’m not naming names. They were all worthwhile reads. I’ve learned so much about verse novels this year that I can’t even believe I wrote one.

It’s a lot harder than it looks. All the below authors and anyone else who attempts a verse novel should be proud.

Title Author
Triangles Ellen Hopkins
Pearl Verses the World Sally Murphy
Hate That Cat Sharon Creech
Heartbeat Sharon Creech
The Marlowe Papers: A Novel Ros Barber
The Wild Book Margerite Engle
Hidden Helen Frost
All The Broken Pieces Ann E Burg
May B. Caroline Starr Rose
The One and Only Ivan Katherine Applegate
Tilt Ellen Hopkins
My Book of Life by Angel Martine Leavitt
October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard Leslea Newman
Bronx Masquerade Niki Grimes
Fishtailing Wendy Phillips
Yellow Mini Lori Weber
Forget Me Not Carolee Dean
A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl Tanya Lee Stone
Nothing Robin Friedman
The Best and Hardest Thing Pat Brisson
Love and Leftovers Sarah Tregay
You Hear Me?: Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys Besty Franco (ed.)
Karma Cathy Ostlere
Because I am Furniture Thalia Chaltas
The Death of Jayson Porter Jaime Adoff
Exposed Kimberly Marcus
Under the Mesquite Guadelupe Garcia McCall
Glimpse Carol Lynch Williams
Chasing Brooklyn Lisa Schroeder
Perfect (Impulse, #2) Ellen Hopkins
Little Dog Lost Marion Dane Bauer

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