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9 most unique books we’ve had the pleasure of reading


hotpterodactylboyfriend‘Hot Pterodactyl Boyfriend’: three words we never thought would go together and yet will be hitting your bookstores in radiant pink glory this April. Hot dino boy meets uptight high school girl – things are going to get wild.

In celebration of all kooky books, just like #HotDinoBoyf, we’re doing a crazy reads round up. Get these top 7 unique books on your TBR quick – they seem mad, but they’re rather genius:

1. ‘Grasshopper Jungle’ by Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith’s story really stood out in a sea of contemporaries in 2014. Yes, you have the regular teen issues of sexuality and relationships, but add an army of six-foot praying mantises, and you’ve got yourself a truly kooky book.


2. ‘Going Bovine’ by Libba Bray

16 year old Cameron may be dying, but there might just be a cure. So he heads off on an almighty last chance roadtrip to search for it…with the help of a morbid, video game playing dwarf and a yard gnome.

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3. ‘Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland’ by Lewis Caroll

Lewis Carroll was creating trippy before the word trippy was even a thing. This weird little book is packed with crazy characters, mad happenings and a world in which logic seems completely irrelevant. Wonderful fun.

4. Eva, by Peter Dickinson

Teenage girl has terrible accident; gets brain transplanted into gorilla’s body. Thoroughly bizarre.

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5. ‘Coraline’ by Neil Gaiman

One word: buttons. This creepy story is rather odd indeed, with Coraline discovering an Other World with an Other Mother…who wants to take her eyes and replace them with buttons. Yikes. Fantastic story telling from a legendary author.

6. ‘Wolf by Wolf’ by Ryan Graudin

In this historical retelling, Hitler has won WWII and the world is under the control of the Nazi party. Every year, to commemorate the victory, there is an epic motorcycle race across the continents and this year shape-shifting concentration camp survivor, Yael, is taking part. Her aim? Kill Hitler, or die trying. This unique book has  a 4.3 rating on Goodreads and is beautifully told.

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7. ‘Watership Down’ by Richard Adams

Okay, hear us out. We know it’s a total classic, but whether you’ve read the book or seen the film, you’ll admit that that kind of emotional intensity and violence seems a little odd between bunny rabbits.

8. ‘Illuminae’ by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Casting off traditional prose, this sci-fi hit is told entirely in files, interviews, emails, IM messaging, and surveillance footage. An utterly compelling and totally unique read.

9. ‘We All Looked Up’ by Tommy Wallach

4 teens + 1 asteroid =”A glorious, wonderful, completely unforgettable novel” (Andrew Smith).

Can you think of any more weird/kooky/unique YA reads? Let us know @maximumpopbooks.

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Written by Laura Fulton

Book Channel Editor at MaxPop! Have a thing for the sea and pretty paperbacks. Saved by amazing grace.