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My 10 Favorite YA/NA Plot Twists

Admin’s note: Our newest contributor Sam closes out the year with her first post. Here she dishes about her 10 favorite plot twists. Happy Holidays from Mister Beebop!

Because we all need mind explosions now and then.

1. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover 

Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies?

I honestly don’t care what anyone else says about this book- I LOVE IT. I had slits for eyes, a runny nose, and a heart full of mixed emotions after reading Sky and Dean’s story. You think it’s just your cliched teenage romance BS? Wrong. Not only did it make me swoon, it also made me laugh, cry, and have an emotional breakdown after several (YES, SEVERAL) plot twists and revelations. The stress was totally worth it

Rating: 4.5/5

2. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Madeline is allergic to the world,  but when she falls in love with the boy next door she becomes willing to risk her life and shit starts to happen. After reading the synopsis, I mentally took a step back and thought, “THIS IS SO BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE.” (if you haven’t seen this movie yet, I weep for your soul). There are a few similarities but the two are actually different stories, mainly because of the plot twist. The funny dialogue, cute romance, and entertaining illustrations make it a light and unique read.

Rating: 4/5

3. Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Nick and Allie don’t survive the car accident… but their souls don’t exactly get where they’re supposed to go either.

The first in the Skinjacker Trilogy, Everlost tells the story of two kids whose souls end up in a place existing between life and death. Let me just say that Neal is awesome. I enjoyed everything about this book- from the details of the Everlost world to the thought-provoking lessons, and, of course, the twist.

Rating: 3/5

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart 

A revolution. An accident. A secret.

OKAY. I shall not reveal too much about this book that had me curled into a fetal position on the floor, wondering how could I have missed ALL THOSE FRIGGIN CLUES? (Chloe: Maybe because you’re stupid?) Though I wasn’t really a fan of the writing style, I still recommend everyone to read this book because of a) an unreliable narrator with memory loss that adds to the suspense and mystery of it all, b) her friends- the aptly-called LIARS- who make you question everything, and c) THAT. THING. YOU. SHOULD. HAVE. SEEN. COMING. I also recommend having a stress ball or a box of tissues within reach. Just in case.

Rating: 4/5

5. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult 

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be because since birth she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her.    

This book manipulated my emotions all throughout and then slapped me in the face with a sad, traumatic, horrifying ( I could go on…) twist ending. It scarred me. I hated it. I loved it. Curses.

Rating: 3.5/5

6. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.

Told from the perspective of three women (who are totally believable – it’s like they’re someone I actually know) and then some, Big Little Lies starts off as a simple story about schoolyard scandals and then leads up to trivia night where dark secrets are revealed, people are changed, and all hell breaks loose. Before reading this, I hadn’t thought that a book that deals with bullying, domestic abuse, and murder could be so entertaining and funny. Look at what you did, Liane.

Rating: 5/5

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Which story would you rather believe?

There were only about ten pages left when the rug had been pulled from under my feet. Everything that Pi had me believe turned out to be lies. All I could say afterwards was, “WHAT IN THE DAMN HELL? WHAT? WHAAAT???” Then I closed the book and had to get it as far away from me as I could. Read it and suffer with me.

Rating: 3/5

8. The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Like Pandora, opening the great big box of the world and not being afraid, not even caring whether what’s inside is good or bad. Because it’s both. Everything is always both. But you have to open it to find that out.

Reason to read this? Because Joss Whedon said so. Another reason? Because every so often you will find yourself saying, “Wait… WAIT, WHAT?! WHAT!” Perfect for fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman.

Rating: 3/5

9. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

Do not be fooled by the cheesy quotes or photos you see online. Yes, it tells the story of finding love in unexpected places, but the main focus is about life and the importance of choices. Read this if, like me, you’re a fan of plot twists that make you cry.

Rating: 3.5/5

10. You by Caroline Kepnes

You are a woman and I am a man and we belong in the dark together.

Warning: not for the faint of heart. It’s an insane and obsessive romance told from the point of view of a charming psycopath. I’m not even sure what genre this book falls into – sometimes it feels like it’s contemporary (he’s witty and really has a way with words), and then at other times it’s straight up thriller and horror (I actually got paranoid and kept looking over my shoulder). The biggest plot twist for me was that I caught myself ROOTING for him. Boom.

Rating: 3.5/5

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