1. Laurie Halse Anderson – I read her first novel, Speak, when I was in eighth grade. It’s a beautifully written novel chronicling the pain of high school experience. After reading Speak about ten times, I proceeded to read all of Halse Anderson’s other YA novels. None of them has disappointed me. I admire Halse Anderson because she is one of the rare YA authors who gives her characters depth. Her writing style and descriptions stay with you for a long time after you’ve finished the novel.
2. Sarah Dessen – I read Dreamland twice. What I love about it (and Dessen’s other novels) is how realistic everything is – the characters, the plotlines… nothing feels contrived or forced. Dessen knows how to write about delicate matters with tact and beauty. The love stories in her books really stay with you – and they’re definitely not cheesy.
3. Jodi Picoult – There is enormous depth in each of Jodi Picoult’s novels. They’re meticulously researched with believable characters and gorgeous descriptions. Hers are books that will give you something to think about. That’s what I like most about them – they’re not “easy” reading in terms of the moral and social issues raised in the text. The subject matter in Picoult’s books is not easily forgotten.
Which authors do you admire most? 🙂