Every time I think about playing hooky, I’m reminded of one of the greatest films to come out of the 80s – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And I think of his most epic day of skipping school and how if I have to pick 10 books that are worth playing hooky for they better be pretty damn good and something that I would put my seal of approval on. And so, it was a process but I narrowed my choices down to Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With.
1. Daughter Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor
Why?: I like to read books that are luscious, by this I mean when you read it, you want to roll the words around in your mouth because they read like they would taste delicious. I know, I know that makes me sound like a total weirdo. BUT, Daughter Of Smoke And Bone is epic, luscious and written in a style that makes me fall for words all over again.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Why?: There are those of us out there who like thrills. We want our skip days to be filled with adrenaline. Okay, I got this kind of weird rush when reading about Triss and the factions and her growing romance with Four. Yo, Divergent. WORTH SKIPPING FOR!
3. Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Why?: Maybe during your skip day, you’d rather do something like sigh and swoon and make out with good looking people? Yes? Me too. Hence Anna And The French Kiss. I fell completely for St. Clair, and I think if you’re in the sun searching for swoonytimes, you will too.
4. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Why?: Okay, so I also really like to laugh a lot. AND OMG I LOVE PICTURES IN BOOKS. And y’all, The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian is filled with laughter and pictures and okay, some parts are sad, but overall it is a wicked AWESOME read.
5. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
Why?: If I had to choose a fictional character to ditch work with, without a doubt it would be Tiny Cooper. Y’all I can’t even explain how awesome he is. We’d work on a musical about his life and walk around being bad asses. It would be the greatest thing ever.
6. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
Why?: This book, Poison Study, is full of the BOOM BOOM in your heart, if ya know what I mean. Seriously, never have I wanted a character to hatefuck another character so much as I wanted Valek and Yelena to get it on. OH MY GOD. Sigh. JUST SIGH AND BOOM IS ALL.
7. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Why?: Oh, illicit almost affairs. WHAT. Do y’all like more drama? Entanglements? Vampires that don’t motherfuckin’ sparkle? Fanning yourself after A HEATED GLANCE? Hop aboard the VA train. I swear, it is legit.
8. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Why?: Yo, Bill Murray has got nothing on Samantha Kingston. And okay, some of us like having a good sob now and then to get the emotions out so we can get on with our days. AND OH MY GOD YOU WILL GET YOUR EMOTIONS OUT while reading Before I Fall.
9. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Why?: Katsa is the mother fricken deal. So are the Seven Kingdoms which is one of the most awesome pieces of worldbuilding I’ve seen in YA. Seriously. Plus, ahhhh the sex positivity in the books.
10. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
Why?: Maybe you would like to ditch with a book that reminds you vaguely of a movie you saw about kids killing each other in the arena or want to read a book written in present tense with Amazon-esque characters and set in kind of a desert? YES? YES? Dude then ditch your dayjob and hit the beach with Blood Red Road.