By: Melanie | September 13, 2013 | (30) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.


HAPPY FRIDAY 13TH! I hope y’all haven’t had bad days. 😀 And if you have had a bad day, I’m about to lighten it with some Courtney Summers epicness and a giveaway at the end. So I wasn’t going to file this under a discussion post but we are discussing the awesomeness of Courtney Summers’ books so it works well enough!

So why do I love Courtney Summers? Here’s just a few!

I love that her characters are honest.

I was rather awed about most of the supporting characters in mainly Some Girls Are. Characters like Milo and Michael aren’t afraid to express their feelings no matter how harsh the situations have been for Regina or Eddie. What pains me mostly in novels is where characters are not being honest or being discretely annoyed at fellow characters. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth. No matter how brutal the situation, life is life so may as well make the characters authentic and expressive.

The depth

The themes Courtney Summers addresses are quite a numbrer; from bullying, death, depression, loss, friendships, forgiveness, love and family. Each and every single one of them are accentuated in her novels and play important roles but not so obvious that I feel like I’m reading a self-help fictional novel. While Courtney’s books brought no tears, they kept me meddling over these issues that are so common in real life, and more importantly, how necessary it is for teens (and adults!) to read them.

The love interests

Courtney Summers seems to have a constant rate of swoony and cute love interests. She doesn’t make Michael, Rhys, Milo, Culler or Jake the superhero to their difficulties- but makes them the subplot which is just at the right level. Not non-existent but not dominating.

The realism/writing

Even in Courtney’s This Is Not A Test, the characters and plot lines felt genuine and insanely vivid. Her writing leaves me constantly speechless and I seriously don’t know if I’ll read such a fantastic xombie book ever again after Courtney’s. Courtney’s writing has a way of jumping out of the page; the words three dimensional.

So that’s me, what about you guys? Why do you love Courtney Summers’ writing? Or, why can’t you wait to read her novels?


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30 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (7): Why I Love Courtney Summers’ Books

  1. Jasprit says:

    I love this post Melanie! I’ve only read one of Summers books, but I agree she has so much brilliance to offer, her books are raw and honest and they’re ones that I can never stop thinking about for days afterwards! I definitely can’t wait to pick up more of her books soon!
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    • Sara says:

      Hello Jasprit, you have a really similar name to my friend Jaspreet and she coincidently has also only read one of Courtney Summers books

  2. Number one: HOW WAS I NOT FOLLOWING YOU ON BLOGLOVIN I AM A FAIL AT LIFE *hides head in shame* *fixes that*

    Number two: I love your list. Realistic, honest characters are one of the most important things for me in a book, and it seems like people no longer have that anymore, so I definitely need to read Courtney’s books just because of this 🙂 The themes that she discusses too also sound so relatable for teens, and that in itself is amazing. Ahh I officially need to read This is Not a Test because it’s the only book of hers that I have and it looks soo amazing!

    Fantastic post, Melanie! <33
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  3. Celine says:

    This totally counts as a discussion! I haven’t read anything by Courtney Summers, but thanks to your fangirling I’m fixing that soon!

    Great post and you’re even doing a giveaway! That’s so sweet <3 Thanks!
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  4. Fantastic giveaway hun! Oooh I didn’t realise it was the same author for This is Not A Test but I do need to check it out. Nothing worse than fake, unbelievable characters so sounds like she writes some great ones!
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  5. I haven’t read her books yet but I really want to do it! I’ve heard so many good things about them! *__*
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  6. glass says:

    I’ve read Some Girls Are and Cracked Up to Be – I love how she approaches to the subject, she doesn’t make it “faerietaleish” and ending is not something in the lines of usual HEA.
    I still have to read her other books, but I’m sure I’d love them too.
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  7. Giselle says:

    Yes yes yes! I love how honest her whole books are – the stories AND characters. And how raw and powerful it is. I have only read 2 of her books so far and I loved both. I’ve got Some Girls Are on my soon to read list too! Yay for a fellow Summers fan!
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  8. OMG I am so behind on commenting. I suck as a blogger lately. I haven’t read any of her books, but I do have This Is Not A Test and can’t wait to have the time to get to it. All of my blogger friends seem to love her books so I definitely have to read some soon!!
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  9. I’ve only read This is not a test, but I have to agree about the realistic feeling. I like how the zombies played their part, but the story was more about the characters and their struggle. It was interesting to see something else than flesh-eating zombies. It was more about the impact of the fear. So I’m definitely interested in more books 🙂
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  10. Wonderful reasons! I love that she doesn’t make the romance the reason a girl gets better or finds happiness, because that’s not a good reason in the long run. I’ve only read This is Not a Test but I want to read the rest, because I LOVE a great contemporary novel.
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  11. Annie says:

    Oh, cool give away! I haven’t read any Courtney Summers yet, but she’s on that list (you know the really long thing I refer to frequently as my wish list? Lol). I love the sound of honest characters – I think that’s one of the reasons Kristin Cashore’s novels really worked for me: her protagonists are honest and outspoken and her endings are always true to them. (But boy was I disappointed when Saf sailed off into the sunset!) Hope you have a great reading weekend. 🙂
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  12. Amelia says:

    I simply must agree with everything on that list, Mel! I love Courtney’s writing and the depth she pours into her novels- I’m always left in complete awe. Thank you for the giveaway too, hon!

  13. Brilliant post! I seem to always fall in love with the love interests, mainly Milo and Michael though, them two are the sweetest and don’t let the MCs give ’em crap. I loved the depth of This Is Not A Test- turns out it wasn’t really a zombie novel!
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  14. I’m reading Summers’ Some Girls Are pretty soon actually – I can’t wait! I loved This is Not a Test by her and have been looking forward to trying more of her books ever since. Even just having read that one book, I can agree that her characters are real and have depth. Great posts, Mel! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
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  15. Kate Bond says:

    I’ve never read ANYTHING by her! I’ll have to check her out.

    This is just the sweetest post, Mel.

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  17. Great break down! We should do this for all our favorite authors, honestly, and try to spread the love. 😉 In Courtney’s case, though, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve only ever read one of her books, but I loved it and I’m definitely looking for more, so this post might just have been the final push for me to go get one (or if I win the giveaway, ha).

    1. Honest characters: I agree. Even the characters in THIS IS NOT A TEST were honest and so, so realistic. They weren’t heroes, but they were human, just like us, and I think that’s what made things more real, in a sense.

    2. Depth: I can’t say I remember much depth like the kind you mentioned in TINAT, but I did like the emotional level in the book, despite it being a book with zombies. And the beginning, where Sloane’s being abused by her dad? Okay, THAT was deep.

    3. Love interests: Totally agree about Rhys! He wasn’t the knight in shining armor, but someone more human and more less flawless than what a lot of YA books out there would like us to believe. Again, book amnesia’s making it a bit difficult to remember him, but if my memory serves, he was still a pretty sweet guy.

    4. Realism/writing: YES! When I was reading TINAT, I could literally see scenes flashing trough my eyes like a movie. And never once did I doubt that anything in the book was fake. For all we know, it could happen in the future, as unlikely as that may sound. Courtney’s characters might have been put in difficult and tough situations, but that didn’t make them any less easy to believe.

    Wow, if all of Courtney’s books are like this, I want to get them all! I might, when my book buying ban is over. 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Mel!
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  18. Gayatri says:

    Wow! First off I haven’t read anything by Courtney Summers but I do have ‘Some Girls Are’ in my TBR shelf! I will be reading this book or one of Courtney’s books because she sounds like an amazing author who totally rocks the pages of her books !!
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  22. Haven’t read a Courtney Summers novel yet though I’ve heard great things about all her books most especially Cracked Up to Be and Some Girls are. 🙂
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  23. Sara says:

    I haven’t read any of Courtney Summers books but I’m excited cause from what you’ve been saying Mel she is really awesome and my school friend loves her too. I love authors that write books with characters you can connect to and they also include important messages in their books. Ones we can all learn. Sara 🙂

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  25. Cohlina M. says:

    Courtney Summers’ novels sound good but I haven’t read any yet. I’ve added them in my TBR list! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 😀

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