It’s come to it again, our aces over at YA Highway
have created yet another clever Road Trip Wednesday topic. This week, they are asking us for comparable authors/books to our own works.
I think we’ve talked enough about our manuscripts, Wants is Pam’s completed manuscript written in four different POVs. It is a contemporary YA novel surrounding four students who end up connected in a very unlikely manner. My complete manuscript, (tentatively titled) In Limbo is a historical YA set during 1918 in Pennsylvania during the end of WWI and the flu pandemic. When faced with the question of finding comparable authors/books- I automatically want to just name my faves and pretend to be just like them….
Alas, that’s not the question. So, here it goes!
Comparable to In Limbo: Fever, 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
How does it compare to my manuscript??
Fever, 1793 is written in first person POV, it is set in Philadelphia, each chapter starts with a date, the disease (yellow fever) is a monumental (almost a character w/in itself) one that killed numerous people in one city, and the young protagonist deals with the pitfalls of a disease that is destroying everyone in its path.
Both of the authors write historical and contemporary YA, they write character driven novels that put an emphasis on human emotion and allows the plot to come along for the ride. Also, both authors write about varying topics from slavery, rape, school shootings, racism, eating disorders, and the perils of growing up in general.
Comparable to Wants: The Absolute Value of-1 by Steve Brezenoff
How does it compare to Pam’s manuscript?
Grief? First love? Pot? And
multiple POVs? It’s like Steve Brezenoff was in Pam’s head when writing this awesome debut–no wonder she loves it so much!
Comparable to Pam’s writing (at least she wishes): Courtney Summers (pictured) and Elizabeth Scott
Both authors write realistic fiction, they use authentic teen voices, and they use spare prose. In other words, they don’t BS…they cut to the chase, while the managing to keep the writing beautiful!