Tag Archives: Novels in verse

Ellen Hopkins Readalikes

Ellen Hopkins has been capturing your attention for years with her gritty, no holds barred, realistic fiction written in verse. Join us here over the next 3 weeks as we share some other great novels written in a similar style or with a similar tone (not all of these are written in verse if that is not your thing!).

One of the reasons Hopkins is so popular is that she writes about hard-hitting issues that many of you can relate to. For those of you who DON’T relate with personal experience, it can allow you to see the struggles, read about the experiences, and think about the what ifs, consequences, and decide where you stand on the issues.

If reading verse is not your thing, consider trying a novel in verse audio-book. They are an excellent alternative to reading it if the written format of verse turns you off.

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While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
While confined to a mental hospital, thirteen-year-old Callie slowly comes to understand some of the reasons behind her self-mutilation, and gradually starts to get better.
Sixteen-year-old Miles' first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash.
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
Sophie describes her relationships with a series of boys as she searches for Mr. Right.
After a lifetime of conforming to the image of what her parents and high school friends want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her destructive best friend tries to commit suicide. Told in the form of free-verse poems.
After a lifetime of conforming to the image of what her parents and high school friends want her to be, Sarah must come to terms with her own identity when her destructive best friend tries to commit suicide. Told in the form of free-verse poems.
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.
Thirteen-year-old Lakshmi leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she is to work in the city as a maid only to find that she has been sold into the sex slave trade in India and that there is no hope of escape.

How many of these have you already read? What Ellen Hopkins readalikes have you found? Leave us a comment. :-)

Novels in Verse

From Janet Spaulding and Michael:

April is many things to many people, but for us literary types, it’s “National Poetry Month”. Poetry can be traditional couplets, weird haikus, rap, old-school, modern, freeform, and the list goes on and on. The Library offers different programming not just through April, but throughout the year in various ways. We’ve offered poetry slams, weekly open mics, contests and more.

But one of the most interesting things that’s out there for our readers are teen titles that are novels-in-verse. Instead of the story being told in prose (the usual way), the tale is told through poetry. It makes for some unusual and wonderful reading. You’ll find some intense emotional scenes, interesting use of white space, and often some pretty edgy content tucked away between the covers. Instants can pass between pages. Or years. Viewpoints switch, sometimes in the same stanza or section.

It might seem like it’s hard to read or something to pass on, but the books are easy to read, great for reluctant readers and voracious readers alike. Are you up to it? Here’s a sampling of teen titles that are novels-in-verse.

Happy reading and comment below or on our Facebook page about what you’ve read!
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October Mourning

 

October Mourning by Lesléa Newman

 

 

Hidden

 

Hidden by Helen Frost

 

 

Perfect

 

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

 

 

Addie on the Inside

 

Addie on the Inside by James Howe

 

 

The Girl in the Mirror

 

The Girl in the Mirror by Meg Kearney

 

 

Sold

 

Sold by Patricia McCormick

 

 

After the Kiss

 

After the Kiss by Terra Elan McVoy

 

 

The Day Before

 

The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder

 

 

Orchards

 

Orchards by Holly Thompson

 

 

Audition

 

Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

 

 

The Watch That Ends the Night

 

The Watch That Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

 

 

Love & Leftovers

 

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

 

 

Amiri & Odette

 

Amiri & Odette by Walter Dean Myers