Take some time this summer to read the Young Adult books of Meg Rosoff, recent winner of the most prestigious Children’s and Young Adult award, the ALMA, a sort of Nobel prize for younger readers. Rosoff’s books are for ages 13+ and are highly regarded by adults as well.
Start with How I Live Now, her debut which was recently filmed. Just in Case is also wry, sad and very funny as is Jonathan Unleashed about young people just starting their first jobs in New York. A quirky author like no one you’ve every read!
Fates and Furies, Lauren Groff. Obama phoned the author to tell her this was his favorite book.
Little Life, Hanya Yanagihara – A sad but beautiful novel of friendship. This is a long book to savour during your holiday. Something very different and special.
Before We Met, Lucie Whitehouse – A terrific thriller that will have you guessing until the end.
The Improbability of Love, Hannah Rothschild – A dirty painting discovered by the lovelorn Annie McDee turns out to have an amazing historical background. A great summer read about art, food, and history – as well as daring to fall in love again.
Beth Johnson is the owner of Boekhandel Van Rossum (Beethovenstraat 32 in Amsterdam). Beth writes about and sells a wide range of Dutch and English books for children, young adults and mature readers.