I did read a couple of noteworthy and absorbing YAs. They are quite different, but both were engaging reads for a couple of rainy Sunday afternoons.
The Color of Silence by Liane Shaw
It was hard to put this down. A touching, sad and hopeful story told from the perspective of two teen girls who are silent for different reasons. I didn't want the story to end.
From Second Story Press:
At seventeen, Alex feels as if her life is over. She will never recover from the trauma of the car accident that took the life of her best friend, Cali. All joy left when Cali died, including their shared love of singing. Why even bother speaking? Alex blames herself for the accident, and no one would want to hear what she has to say anyway. Ordered by a judge to do community service, she must spend time at a hospital with a girl named Joanie, who has minimal control of her body and no speech.
The Heir by Kiera Cass
After reading other three books in this series, I'm kind of hooked on it (much in the same way you can get hooked when you turn on The Bachelor). It was quick, fun read with an interesting character.