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Writing, Illustrating & Publishing => Book Talk => Topic started by: LTMadison on September 01, 2014, 06:55 AM

Title: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: LTMadison on September 01, 2014, 06:55 AM
For an article I'm writing, I'm looking for literary YA contemporary novels which revolve around characters whose lives involve a serious pursuit of excellence. An example is Gayle Forman's Where She Went -- both the male and female leads are deeply committed to their art.
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: Amanda Coppedge on September 01, 2014, 07:06 AM
POINTE by Brandy Colbert--ballet
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: dinalapomy101 on September 01, 2014, 11:45 AM
Virtuosity by Jessica Martinez
Bunheads by Sophie Flack
Audition by Stacia Ward Kehoe

*Also, unrelated by I read an ARC of IN REAL LIFE for VOYA...loved it! I was wary since I am not a video game person, but it was so much more! Great voice and unique idea for YA! Congrats!
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: Jeanne Ryan (Serenissima) on September 01, 2014, 02:17 PM
In EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour, the mc is a driven production designer in Hollywood.
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: HDWestlund on September 01, 2014, 02:27 PM
BETTER THAN PERFECT by Melissa Kantor -- just finished the ARC, it comes out in February.
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: LTMadison on September 01, 2014, 07:46 PM
Thanks for the great suggestions -- and for the read and kind words Deena! I'm going to see if Better Than Perfect is available via NetGalley.

Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: writerjenn on September 04, 2014, 04:34 PM
GOOD ENOUGH, by Paula Yoon
I WANNA BE YOUR JOEY RAMONE, by Stephanie Kuehnert
FLASH BURNOUT, by L.K Madigan
THE LUCY VARIATIONS, by Sara Zarr

Those are all music, except FB, which is photography.
Title: Re: YA books and pursuit of excellence
Post by: rab on September 04, 2014, 05:41 PM
Do you need just newer books? Some older ones include Brock Cole's CELINE (visual art) and Virginia Euwer Wolff's THE MOZART SEASON (violin).

We're all focused on art, but what about excellence in sports or science or . . . (not that any titles come to me off the top of my head---maybe Chris Crutcher novels or Carl Deuker or Rich Wallace?).