LIGHT AND ROUND PROJECT

The Light and Round Project collects reviews and recommendations of novels for teens that are an alternative to “dark and edgy” (thus “light and round”). This is an ever-evolving list of suggestions from book experts and enthusiasts. My hope is that this project will promote awareness of YA lit, expand the perception of what type of books YA has to offer, and help connect readers with the sort of books they are seeking. You can find out more about the origin of this project here.

Once a month a roundup of books is posted with links to blogger reviews or book pages. If you would like your review to be included in the roundup, please email me the link with "Light and Round Project" in the subject heading at fromthemixedupfiles(at)gmail(dot)com.

This list does not constitute my personal recommendations and I have not read all of these books. Please keep in mind that book taste is subjective. What is "light and round" to one person might be "dark and edgy" to the next. Please read the reviews provided for the books (linked) or the book description to form your opinion of if this book suits your reading preferences.

Below is my attempt to maintain an archive of every title included in the roundups with links to reviews if provided. If you have reviewed one of these titles and would like your link included, please email me.

If you'd like a printable version of this list (titles/authors only) to mark up and take with you to libraries and bookstores, email me and I will send you one.


A la Carte by Tanita Davis.


Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins.
    As Easy As Falling Off the Face of the Earth by Lynn Rae Perkins.

    Best Friends Forever by Beverly Patt.

    Blood and Flowers by Penny Blubaugh.

    Brain Jack by Brian Faulkner.

    Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine.

    The Cardturner by Louis Sachar.

    Cinderella: Ninja Warrior by Maureen McGowan.


    Criss Cross by Lynn Rae Perkins.

    Crosswire by Dottie Enderle.

    Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn.

    The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder.

    Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede.
    The Eyes of the Pharoah by Chris Eboch.

    Fairy Bad Day by Amanda Ashby.

    Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine.

    Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen. 

    Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs.

    Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.


    Food, Girls, and Other Things I Can’t Have by Allen Zadoff.
        
      The Fourth Wish by Elizabeth Varadan.

      48 Shades of Brown by Nick Earls.

      Gender Blender by Blake Nelson.
      Girl 15, Charming but Insane by Sue Limb.

      The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross.

      Good Enough by Paula Yoo.

      Haunting Charles Dickens by Lewis Buzbee.
      Head Games by Keri Milkulski.

      Heist Society by Ally Carter.

      Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch.

      The Hidden Gallery (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, Book 2) by Maryrose Wood.

      How Angel Peterson Got His Name by Gary Paulsen.

      Lost Years of Merlin series by T. A. Barron.

      Love is the Higher Law by David Levithan.

      The Lucky Kind by Alyssa B. Scheinmel.

      Marcelo in the Real World  by Francisco Stork.

      Mistress of the Storm by M. L. Welsh.

      My Life, The Theater, and Other Tragedies by Allen Zadoff.

      The Mermaid's Mirror by L.K. Madigan.

      Milagros, Girl from Away by Meg Medina.

      Mind Blind by Jennifer Roy.

      The Mozart Season by Virginia Euwer Wolff.

      My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger.

      How Not to be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler.

      Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt.

      The Opposite of Invisible by Liz Gallagher.

      OyMG by Amy Fellner Dominy.
      Pegasus by Robin McKinley.

      Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Fritas.

      The Princess Diaries series by Meg Cabot

      The Pull of Gravity by Gae Polishner.

      The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner.

      The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen.

      Sean Griswold's Head by Lindsey Levitt.

      Second Fiddle by Rosanne Parry.

      Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett.

      Science Fair Season: Twelve Kids, A Robot Named Scorch . . . and What it Takes to Win by Judy Dutton.

      Semester in the Life of a Garbage Bag by Gordon Korman.

      Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer by Maureen McGowan.

      Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series by Ann Brashares.

      The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti.
      Starcrossed by Elizabeth C. Bunce.


      Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott.

      Steinbeck's Ghost by Lewis Buzbee.

      Stuff by Jeremy Strong.

      Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

      The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han.

      This Girl is Different by J.J. Johnson.

      Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell.

      Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes.
      Top 8 by Katie Finn. 

      Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter.

      The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett.

      What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.
        What I Saw, and How I Lied by Judy Blundell.

        Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan.

        "The Winnie Years" series by Lauren Myracle.