Best Book of June

It’s Road Trip Wednesday Time with YA Highway again!

This time, the question is What is the best book you read in June?

This question isn’t fair. I’ve read a LOT of books in June and a lot of them were REALLY good. 

I think my top five were: Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Brezenoff; Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You by Peter Cameron; Unwind by Neal Shusterman; The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness; and Beautiful Souls by Eyal Press. I also read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks which I loved. Gah! CHOICES. 

Of those books? 

I think I’m going to pick The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. 

Image I am choosing The Knife of Never Letting Go because it was a book that not only surprised me, but drew me in, never let me go, pissed me off, and thrilled me. I picked it up a few weeks prior (I’m trying to read award winning books lately since I realized I was unconsciously skipping them?) and flipped through it and went, naw, not my thing. I went back to it, bought it, sat down and read it, and never let it go. The voice was honest and raw, the narrator completely believable (and interestingly, other characters find him trustworthy for the SAME reason I did: his innocence), a wonderfully spun friendship, a fantastic tale, horror, sadness, grief so heavy it’ll feel like it is crushing you, and an ending that should be ILLEGAL. Do you hear me, Mr. Ness? That’s just CRUEL. 

But that doesn’t really tell you what it’s about, so here’s the Goodreads blurb: 

“Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?”

I will add that the secret is a twist, like a knife in your gut.

That the area of complete silence isn’t technically correct, I suppose, but that part becomes one of my favorite parts of this book.

And that Manchee is a well rounded character, even though he’s a DOG. Which is AWESOME.

So. Go read it. 

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11 thoughts on “Best Book of June

  1. Colin says:

    Ooo… sounds intriguing! I’ve added it to my TBR. My choice for June was also an award-winning book. I think I understand your natural aversion to “award-winning” books. It’s as if I don’t want to read them because the fact that they’ve already be acclaimed “great” puts pressure on me to like them. And I want to make my own independent judgment. However, I’ve read a couple of award-winning books over the past few months, and I’ve noticed a pattern: they all tend to be good. Hmmm… 🙂

    • Katie L says:

      Exactly! I started reading award winning books as research (what made them stand out and tick differently from the other books) but it’s been a pleasant sort of research thusfar.

  2. Rachel says:

    Stopping by through RTW. Hi!! 🙂

    I haven’t read this one yet but I have heard wonderful things about it. Definitely going to add it to my (never ending) to-read list. My choice for June was…..3 books. Yup I couldn’t decide. LOL!

  3. Jaime says:

    This has been on my TBR list, and on my e-reader for far too long now, and I still haven’t read it. I’ll have to get to it soon! 🙂

  4. Elodie says:

    Wow sounds amazing! I haven´t read it yet and I have to say your review really makes me think I should get on it!!! Thanks so much for sharing 😀

  5. Kat says:

    The dog part sounds great because while the novel sounds quite dark I can imagine being able to hear a dog’s thoughts could lighten it up a little!

  6. Stephanie Allen says:

    I haven’t even heard of this one, but since it looks like everyone else has…apparently I’ve been living under a rock. Thanks for sharing!

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