Quick Picks: Novels in Verse

bad boy can be good for a girl bookjacketThe very first novel in verse I ever read was A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone.  I’m by no stretch of the imagination a fast reader and picking up a book of poetry (in any form) is usually not my first instinct.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that Stone’s book was not only an incredibly quick read (I’m talking about a couple of hours – if that – one afternoon), but that the free verse poetry was accessible and enhanced the storytelling.  Since my first experience with a novel in verse, I’ve read and enjoyed many.  If you’re looking for a quick read – maybe you don’t have a lot of time but still want to get your read on OR you need to find a fast read for school – I would definitely recommend checking out a novel in verse.

Quick Picks: Novels in Verse

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I am not a huge (or even sort

I am not a huge (or even sort of) poetry fan, but I love novels in verse. The spare writing style eliminates unnecessary descriptions and, since words are chosen with more care, each one has more of an emotional or dramatic impact. There's something very fluid about a novel in verse that, despite the often depressing content, makes them a joy to read. 

I've read a number of the books on this list, but there are a few I hadn't heard of and have now added to my TBR pile. Thanks for the great suggestions!

Thanks, Kimberly!

Thanks, Kimberly!