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June 9, 2014

Sophomore Successes

Kate Hart

Yesterday on Twitter, several friends retweeted agent Alexandra Machinist:

"But it is in the writing of a great second novel that you start to cement your readership."

I'm far from facing a sophomore effort, but it made me consider which authors hooked me for good with their second novels.* Here are a few that came to mind immediately:

17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

After I'd been awake more than twenty minutes, I remembered a few more:

The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

And some lovely Twitter friends chimed in with these recommendations
(thanks MelanieDahliaChristaLindsay, and Kari!) 

Bleed Like Me by Christa Desir In Honor by Jessi Kirby I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu The Space Between Us by Jessica Martinez Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers Noggin by Corey Whaley The Space Between by Brenna Yovonoff

Whose second books did you love? The comment section is open for your book fangirling/fanboying convenience.

* I know authors like Nova and Rainbow didn't debut as YA authors, and these are technically not their second books, but as there is no money, blood, or firstborn children on the line, we're playing fast and loose with definitions.


  1. Oh my God, I'm so embarrassed I didn't come up with THE DISENCHANTMENTS - one of my favorite sophomore novels EVER.

  2. I second Wanderlove and Fangirl!

  3. Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr, City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare, Just Girls by Rachel Gold, and Chasing Shadows by Swati Avasthi!


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