Saturday, December 11, 2010

Holiday Gift Recommendations: For Boys

Welcome to the very first Holiday Gift Recommendations from Sophistikatied Reviews, the first of many until December 25th! Quite a few bloggers are already doing something like this, but if you're like me, when it comes to Christmas presents, you can never have enough help! I'll be posting books that fit specfic categories: for boys, romance, fantasty, vampires, etc. I'm not sure how many I'll be posting, but if you have any specfic recommendations, comment and let me know and I'll try my best to pick out some awesome titles!

First up, for boys! This can be so tough as some boys are very picky about what they read, so I've gathered the opinions of some friends/family who are frequent YA readers to help me compile this list!

Spray by Harry Edge
Feiwel & Friends | Paperback | 240 pages.
A group of teens sign up for an assassination game on the streets of a big city. Their weapons: pressurized water guns. It’s meant to be a game, a sport. But for some, it’s more than harmless fun. To win, they’ll use any means necessary. Two hundred players. Three weeks of tense cat-and-mouse action. Every stalker is being stalked and only one player will be left standing. No one will be the same.

Gone by Michael Grant (with sequel Hunger and book #3 Lies)
Katherine Tegen Books | Paperback | 576 pages.
In the blink of an eye. Everyone disappears. Gone. Everyone except for the young. Teens. Middle schoolers. Toddlers. But not a single adult. No teachers, no cops, no doctors, no parents. Gone, too, are the phones, internet, and television. There is no way to get help. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It's a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen and war is imminent.

Struts & Frets by Jon Skovron
Amulet Books | Hardcover | 304 pages.
Music is in Sammy’s blood. His grandfather was a jazz musician, and Sammy’s indie rock band could be huge one day—if they don’t self-destruct first. Winning the upcoming Battle of the Bands would justify all the band’s compromises and reassure Sammy that his life’s dream could become a reality. But practices are hard to schedule when Sammy’s grandfather is sick and getting worse, his mother is too busy to help either of them, and his best friend may want to be his girlfriend. When everything in Sammy’s life seems to be headed for major catastrophe, will his music be enough to keep him together?

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
Razorbill | Hardcover | 352 pages.
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world. Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate's baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (with sequels Catching Fire and Mockingjay)
Scholastic Press | Hardcover | 384 pages.
Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death – televised for all of Panem to see. Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.
And these aren't just great gifts for boys, but for girls as well! I've read and enjoyed all of them!

Check back in a few days for the next Holiday Gift Recommendation, which will be for FANTASY fans!


  1. Thanks for the awesome recs! I've added Struts & Frets to my Amazon shopping cart for my brother since he's a musician!

  2. I'd also recommend an ipod touch that they can download and read books on.

  3. This is a great post! Very helpful as I have a 13 year old male cousin who loves to read and I'm always looking to recommend him some new books! :)

  4. Good list! Def yes to Struts and Frets!


  5. Great idea Katie! My son just turned 11 last month and finding books that will hold his interest suddenly got hard because he wants to read some of the YA he sees me reading—especially if there's zombies involved—but then he'll go "is there romance?" and if there is he goes "ugh, gross! Nevermind!". Thanks for sharing these!

  6. Great list! I also thought ADIOS, NIRVANA by Conrad Wesselhoeft would be an awesome choice for boys.

  7. It always makes me laugh how I love all the books websites suggest for pubescent boys :) Great choices Katie :)

  8. Great picks! I think I'm going to get SPRAY for my cousin-- he's an airsoft addict. :)