I have a very big issue in my reading life. Every time I try to recommend books to people, I always end up recommending them hyped-up books that they might have heard of.
I don’t know why I do this, but it always happens. I think of the perfect book, then I doubt in my head if the person will ever read it because they haven’t heard of it, and then I recommend a popular book.
Many of my favorite books are ones that other people have never heard of. They’re not popular, they don’t have massive fandoms, and there is approximately zero chance of them ever getting movie adaptations.
So in 2019, I want to hype up more of these underhyped books by recommending them to people. The #HypeYour5 tag was created by Mackenzi Lee on Instagram to do just that: hype up your favorite underhyped books.
Let’s get started with my favorite five underhyped books!
1. The Everafter by Amy Huntley
If I had to choose one book that influenced my life more than any other, it would The Everafter by Amy Huntley. I read this book as an ARC when I was in seventh grade, and it completely changed my reading career. It’s beautiful, and haunting, and sad, and has an amazing plot twist that I never saw coming. I’ve spent the past nine (almost ten!) years since I first read this looking for a book that comes close to being similar to this one, but I haven’t found one. I’m not even sure I ever will.
It’s a crime to me that more people don’t know about this book, so it is definitely my number one underhyped book.
2. Renegade by J.A. Souders
While dystopian fiction as a genre is overhyped (in my opinion), Renegade is certainly a lost gem in that genre. With an underwater world that focuses on genetic perfection, it stands out from the crowd of other dystopian books.
3. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
This book, which tells the story of Min and Ed’s break-up through objects that Min returns to Ed, is absolutely beautiful. This is one of my favorite contemporaries ever, and everything about it is just gorgeous. The writing, the illustrations, the story–all of it is just absolutely beautiful.
I need more people to read this book because I just think it’s one of the most realistic contemporaries out there. There isn’t really any fluff to the break-up experience. It’s rough, and it’s raw, and it’s completely compelling. If you get a chance, you should give this book a try.
4. Reality Check by Jen Calonita
This is a book that I have reread every year since 7th grade. There’s something about this book that just keeps me coming back. It’s got pretty much every element of a vapid, tween-oriented contemporary, except it takes it all and flips it around. It was really important to me growing up to see what’s behind the glitz and glamour of reality TV, and this book was absolutely a game-changer to me.
I’ll keep rereading this book every year until it stops being one of the most well-written contemporaries and until it stops being an important story to share with young, tween girls.
5. The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
I absolutely l o v e The Boyfriend List. For me, it really doesn’t have any underlying reason except that it’s fun. It’s a fun contemporary series, and I have fun every time I read it. It has a good message, and it actually has a very good representation of mental illness through Ruby Oliver. Most of the contemporaries I read are dark and cover very serious topics. The Boyfriend List is really just a fun contemporary for me, but it’s one that I always come back to. It’s definitely worth the read, and at only 229 pages, it’s worth the time, too.
Those are my #HypeYour5 underhyped reads! I’m making it a goal of mine to recommend them more often to people, since they’re some of my all-time favorites.
What are some of your favorite underhyped reads? #HypeYour5 in the comments!
Thanks for reading!
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