Lengthy-time STACKED readers know the backstory of how Kimberly and I started running a blog collectively: we have been each on the College of Texas at Austin’s Faculty of Info and determined to start out writing about YA books. We didn’t have the greatest class on YA there, and we have been wanting to have a spot to speak about books we beloved with fellow readers, librarians, and educators.
Austin has been making increasingly more appearances in YA lit because the time Kimberly wrote this nice round-up of YA books set in Texas’s Capital, so it appeared becoming to spotlight a few of them.
Discover under a variety of YA books set in Austin, Texas. I’ve learn most of those, although not all of them. I’ve included descriptions from Goodreads, as they provide a bit extra perception into the higher story than WorldCat sometimes does.
Know of another YA books set in Austin not coated right here or in Kimberly’s submit from 5 years in the past? Drop ’em within the feedback.
- 1 YA Books Set In Austin, Texas
- 1.1 Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
- 1.2 Area Information to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
- 1.3 Lies You By no means Advised Me by Jennifer Donaldson
- 1.4 Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
- 1.5 Fortunate Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
- 1.6 A Map of House by Randa Jarrar
- 1.7 The Reminiscence of Mild by Francisco X. Stork
- 1.8 Choose by Marit Weisenberg
YA Books Set In Austin, Texas
Emergency Contact by Mary HK Choi
For Penny Lee highschool was a complete nonevent. Her associates have been okay, her grades have been wonderful, and whereas she one way or the other managed to land a boyfriend, he doesn’t truly know something about her. When Penny heads to school in Austin, Texas, to discover ways to grow to be a author, it’s seventy-nine miles and a zillion mild years away from every thing she will’t wait to go away behind.
Sam’s caught. Actually, figuratively, emotionally, financially. He works at a café and sleeps there too, on a mattress on the ground of an empty storage room upstairs. He is aware of that that is the god-awful chapter of his life that may function inspiration for when he’s a well-known film director however proper this second the seventeen bucks in his checking account and his dying laptop computer are actually testing him.
When Sam and Penny cross paths it’s much less meet-cute and extra a collision of insufferable awkwardness. Nonetheless, they swap numbers and keep in contact—by way of textual content—and shortly develop into digitally inseparable, sharing their deepest anxieties and secret goals with out the humiliating weirdness of getting to see one another.
Area Information to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe
Norris Kaplan is intelligent, cynical, and fairly probably too sensible for his personal good. A black French Canadian, he is aware of from watching American sitcoms that these three issues don’t bode nicely if you find yourself shifting to Austin, Texas. Plunked into a brand new highschool and sweating a ridiculous quantity from the oppressive Texas warmth, Norris finds himself cataloging everybody he meets: the Cheerleaders, the Jocks, the Loners, and even the Manic Pixie Dream Woman. Making a ton of associates has by no means been a precedence for him, and this manner he can at the very least amuse himself till it’s time to return to Canada, the place he belongs.
But, towards all odds, these labels quickly turn into precise individuals to Norris. Be it loner Liam, who makes it his mission to befriend Norris, or Madison the beta cheerleader, who’s so good that it needs to be a lure. To not point out Aarti the Manic Pixie Dream Woman, who may, in reality, be an actual love curiosity within the making. He even begins enjoying precise hockey with these Texans.
However the night time of the promenade, Norris screws all the things up royally. As he tries to select up the items, he realizes it may be time to cease hiding behind his snarky opinions and begin dwelling his life—together with the individuals who have discovered their means into his coronary heart.
Lies You By no means Advised Me by Jennifer Donaldson
Gabe and Elyse have by no means met. However they each have one thing to cover.
Quiet, shy Elyse can’t consider it when she’s forged because the lead in her Portland highschool’s manufacturing of Romeo and Juliet. Her greatest good friend, Brynn, is often the star, and Elyse isn’t positive she’s as much as the duty. However when somebody at rehearsals begins to catch her eye–somebody she is aware of she completely shouldn’t be with–she will’t assist however be pulled into the highlight.
Austin native Gabe is considering the unthinkable–breaking apart with Sasha, his headstrong, widespread girlfriend. She’s not going to let him slip by means of her fingers, although, and when rumors begin to flow into round faculty, he is aware of she has the facility to vary his life ceaselessly.
Gabe and Elyse each make the error of falling for the flawed individual, and falling arduous. Informed in parallel narratives, this twisty, surprising story exhibits how one dangerous selection can result in a spiral of unexpected penalties that not everybody will survive.
Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins and Sandy Rideout
Zahra, Kali, and Syd would by no means have met if their mother and father’ marriages hadn’t fallen aside. However when the three women collide in group counseling, they uncover they’ve one thing else in widespread: they’ve every been triple-timed by the identical nefarious charmer, Eric, aka Rico, aka Rick. Speak about eye-opening remedy. Cheerful, diplomatic Zahra is devastated. Rico had been her rock and sole confidant. How might she have missed the indicators? Folksy, flirtatious Kali feels virtually as dangerous. She and Rick had solely been on a number of dates, however they’d felt so promising. Hardened vintage-vixen Syd is past tears. She and Eric had actual historical past… Or so she’d thought. Now all three women have one mission: to point out that cheater the folly of his methods. Challenge Payback is so successful, the women quickly have shoppers lining up for his or her consulting providers. Is your boyfriend appearing shady? Dying to know in case your crush is into you? Want match-making experience? Look no additional than Love, Inc.
Fortunate Few by Kathryn Ormsbee
Stevie, Max, and Sanger: protecting Austin bizarre.
Stevie Hart is homeschooled, however don’t maintain that towards her. Positive, she and her greatest (okay, solely) pal, Sanger, won’t ever be promenade queens, however that’s simply because the Central Austin Homeschool Cooperative doesn’t consider in proms. Or dancing. Nonetheless, Stevie and Sanger know the best way to create their very own model of enjoyable.
Enter Max Garza, the brand new boy subsequent door. After a near-fatal accident, Max is decided to defy mortality with a guidelines: 23 Methods to Pretend My Demise With out Dying. Lifeless set on finishing up fabricated demises starting from impalement to spontaneous combustion, Max charms Stevie and Sanger into serving to him with this two-month macabre mission. However as Stevie finds herself falling for Max, it turns into more and more troublesome to attract a line between his make-believe deaths and her actual life.
A Map of House by Randa Jarrar
Nidali narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt, and her household’s final flight to Texas, providing a humorous, sharp however loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class household.
Nidali, the rebellious daughter of an Egyptian-Greek mom and a Palestinian father, narrates the story of her childhood in Kuwait, her teenage years in Egypt (to the place she and her household fled the 1990 Iraqi invasion), and her household’s final flight to Texas. Nidali mixes humor with a pointy, loving portrait of an eccentric middle-class household, and this attitude retains her buoyant by way of the hardships she encounters: the humiliation of going via a checkpoint on a go to to her father’s house within the West Financial institution; the fights together with her father, who needs her to turn into a well-known professor and keep away from boys; the top of her childhood as Iraq invades Kuwait on her thirteenth birthday; and the scare she provides her household when she runs away from house.
Humorous, charming, and heartbreaking, A Map of House is the type of ebook Tristram Shandy or Huck Finn would have narrated had they been born Egyptian-Palestinian and feminine within the 1970s.
The Reminiscence of Mild by Francisco X. Stork
16-year-old Vicky Cruz wakes up in a hospital’s psychological ward after a failed suicide try. Now she should discover a path to restoration – and maybe rescue some others alongside the best way.
When Vicky Cruz wakes up within the Lakeview Hospital Psychological Issues ward, she is aware of one factor: After her suicide try, she shouldn’t be alive. However then she meets Mona, the stay wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., all the time indignant; and Dr. Desai, a quiet pressure. With tales and honesty, kindness and onerous work, they push her to rethink her life earlier than Lakeview, and supply her an acceptance she’s by no means had.
However Vicky’s newfound peace is as fragile because the roses that develop across the hospital. And when a disaster forces the group to separate up, sending Vick again to the life that drove her to suicide, she should attempt to discover her personal braveness and power. She might not have them. She doesn’t know.
Impressed partially by the writer’s personal expertise with melancholy, The Reminiscence of Mild is the uncommon younger grownup novel that focuses not on the occasions main as much as a suicide try, however the restoration from one – about dwelling when life doesn’t appear value it, and the way we go on anyway.
Choose by Marit Weisenberg
Coming from a race of highly-evolved people, Julia Jaynes has the right life. The right household. The right future. However there’s one thing rotten beneath the floor—harmful secrets and techniques her father is protecting; talents she was by no means meant to have; and an elite society of individuals decided to maintain their skills hidden and who care nothing for the remainder of humanity. So when Julia by chance disrupts the Jaynes’ delicate anonymity, she’s banished to the one place meant to make her really feel inferior: public highschool.
Julia’s objective is to put low and mix in. Then she meets him—John Ford, tennis prodigy, all-around good man. When Julia discovers a knack for studying his thoughts, and in addition manipulating his life, faculty instantly turns into a short lived escape from the chilly grip of her manipulative father. However as Julia’s powers over John develop, so do her emotions. For the primary time in her life, Julia begins to develop a way of self, to query her restrictive upbringing and her household prejudices. She should determine: can an ideal love be value greater than an ideal life?