February 15, 2012

Best Written YA Novel of the Last 10 Years?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness is a good candidate. When the teenage protagonist Todd and the strange girl he's hit the road with, Viola, are sitting in a barn, trying to decide what to do next, they sink into silence because they're scared and confused. So they sit there and "overpet" the dog—and how perfect a verb is that? It's a new one, but any pet owner will know exactly what it means.

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