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In honour of Chris Vick’s ‘Kook’, we name our top surfing YA


Chris Vick’s ‘Kook’ is a love story set in Cornwall, against the backdrop of the passionate surfing culture which exists there. It’s about danger, emotion, and the thrill of the waves, and a total must this April.

But what do you do once you’ve finished ‘Kook’, what surfing YA do you pick up next? Here are some of our top suggestions for a follow up to Chris Vick’s debut:

Talon book cover‘Talon’, Julie Kagawa

To take her rightful place in the Talon organization, young dragon Ember Hill must prove she can hide her true nature and blend in with humans. Her delight at the prospect of a summer of “normal” teen experiences is short-lived, however, once she discovers that she’s also expected to train for her destined career in Talon. But a chance meeting with a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. 

As Ember struggles to accept her future, St. George soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian is tasked with hunting her down. But when faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything the Order has ingrained in him—and what he might be willing to give up to uncover the truth about dragons.

Ember, dragon-girl in hiding, misses her wings when she’s in human form and the next best thing? Catching a big wave. By bestselling author Julie Kagawa, this is a great fantasy/contemporary blend.

‘Raw Blue’, Kirsty Eagardownload

Carly has dropped out of uni to spend her days surfing and her nights working as a cook in a Manly cafe. Surfing is the one thing she loves doing… and the only thing that helps her stop thinking about what happened two years ago at schoolies week.

And then Carly meets Ryan, a local at the break, fresh out of jail. When Ryan learns the truth, Carly has to decide. Will she let the past bury her? Or can she let go of her anger and shame, and find the courage to be happy?

Kirsty Eagar has written some of the most gorgeously luminous descriptions of the ocean and surfing that I have ever read and her characterisation was just as spot on. Gorgeous!

41m2FnijtpL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_‘Second Star’, Alyssa Sheinmel

A twisty story about love, loss, and lies, this contemporary oceanside adventure is tinged with a touch of dark magic as it follows seventeen-year-old Wendy Darling on a search for her missing surfer brothers. Wendy’s journey leads her to a mysterious hidden cove inhabited by a tribe of young renegade surfers, most of them runaways like her brothers. Wendy is instantly drawn to the cove’s charismatic leader, Pete, but her search also points her toward Pete’s nemesis, the drug-dealing Jas. Enigmatic, dangerous, and handsome, Jas pulls Wendy in even as she’s falling hard for Pete. A radical reinvention of a classic, Second Star is an irresistible summer romance about two young men who have yet to grow up–and the troubled beauty trapped between them.

Alyssa Sheinmel is a gorgeous writer, and in this novel, she takes JM Barrie’s classic children’s story and makes her own magic with it.

emmy-oliver‘Emmy & Oliver’, Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. But now Oliver is back, and he’s not the skinny boy-next-door that used to be Emmy’s best friend. Now he’s the boy who got kidnapped. A stranger – a totally hot stranger! – with a whole history that Emmy knows nothing about.

But is their story still meant to be? Or are they like the pieces of two different puzzles – impossible to fit together?

This love story which incredibly balances dark themes with an adorable romance, features surfer girl, Emmy. Her parents don’t love her favourite hobby though, she’s gotten really good at sneaking out.

‘Blue’, Lisa Glassdownload (1)

Surfing is sixteen-year-old Iris’s world, and when the ultra-talented Zeke walks into her life, it soon becomes her passion.

Over one amazing summer, as she is drawn into his sphere, she experiences love, new friendships, but also loss, with an intensity she never dreamed of.

But is Zeke all he seems? What hides beneath his glamorous and mysterious past? When Iris decides to try for her own surfing success, just as her ex-boyfriend comes back into her life, she will test her talent, and her feelings for Zeke, to the limit…

‘Blue’ is a touching and addictive debut about surfing, family and love, and even better? It’s the first in a trilogy.

Do you have any more surfing recommendations? Let us know @maximumpopbooks.

WAIT, you haven’t read ‘Kook’ yet? Sort that out right now.

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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.

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