I’ve been meaning to write this post for, oh, a good year or so. There’s so much fabulous Aussie YA out there that I simply can’t recommend highly enough and plenty more I still need to discover. Again, this is just a tiny taste of the contemporary goodness my favourite homegrown authors have to offer. For some more suggestions, check out part one.
P.S. For any international readers, The Book Depository is now selling a much wider range of OzYA so there’s no excuse not to read these brilliant books.
The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and His Ex by Gabrielle Williams
This is the perfect example of everything I love about contemporary novels; heartwarming and heartbreaking in equal measure with a nice big slice of humour and a dash of quirkiness thrown in. The Guy, the Girl, the Artist and His Ex was instantly absorbing, wonderfully written and packed with emotion || Full review
Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
I absolutely adore Eagar’s writing and Night Beach is the perfect example of how beautifully she brings a setting and character to life. This is a strange, dream-like read, but one which was absolutely impossible to put down. Dark and haunting, Night Beach is a must-read || Full review
Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield
Vikki Wakefield is another author who writes with such a gorgeous and vivid sense of place. I adored Inbetween Days, yet I still can’t explain why. Not one word is wasted. Every emotion explored. Ever character a valuable addition to the story. Wakefield’s writing is something everyone should experience || Full review
When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah
Although it looks at the big political issues in Australia today, When Michael Met Mina is a discussion about religion and immigration which readers in the UK and US will no doubt also find very relevant. A novel which explores a clash between two worlds, When Michael Met Mina is a thoughtful and moving story of two people with very different beliefs || Full review