i've read an aweful lot of book in my time, and whilst they have all been good in their own way, i thought that it would be good if i were to do a list of the top seven books that i think any teenage girl HAS to read....
1. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman
this series has been my favourite for years... and still every time i read it amazes me. a great story about a world were the inferior 'noughts' are ruled and tormented by the powerful 'Crosses'- a modern day twist on black and white segregation. this story follows the stories of Callum and Sephy as they try to regain their friendship against all odds.
2. Beastly by Alex Flinn
although some may say that this story is a horrible cleche, i think that it exerts a certain charm which makes you want to read on anyway. this modern take on the classic story, beauty and the Beast, is trying to push the message down our throats that we'd been told by our mothers ever since we got zits or specs or braces- 'it's what's oin the inside that counts.'
but still- i can't resist a good romance.
3. Shiver by Maggie Striefvater
more werewolves. but i can't resist Sam!
4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
before i read this i was put off by the hard language and seemingly tedious storyline. but once you get into this, you get used to the language, even though at times the plot can still be rather unexciting. still, the lure of the period eventually pulls you in.
5. Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
i didn't really expect to like this, but you really get into it and it always leaves you wanting more. and yet another edorable young male hero stole my heart.
6. Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver
these books are different from the usual and i love them for it.
7. Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
this book is pretty good, and i especially love Chandler's style of writing. it's a love story with a bit of mystery and supernatural mixed in- which manages to hold your riveted attention till the very last page.
basically, these are all the things that many romantic's dream of happening to them- but at least we can live other people's stories throught thier eyes....
p.s. it's spelt meringue, me lovely.