The anticipation of Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot, the exciting New Adult instalment of the most popular YA series in all the land, had us all tingling with excitment here at MKB!
Princess Mia is all grown up - and the past five years since college graduation have been a whirlwind of activity, and so the story begins with her living in New York City, running her new teen community centre and being madly in love, and attending royal engagements. That's right Mia is getting married!
While some books offer us excitement, others fuel our creativity, or help us to realise we are not alone. Whatever the genre, the best books are those which inspire, leaving us hungry for more. Here we’ve compiled some of our favourites whose sequels we can but dream about.
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Although at times problematic, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is arguably the original YA novel. Exploring issues of isolation and indolence, Holden Caulfield is relatable to those trying to find their own little space in the world. While Holden himself is flawed, we can’t help but ask if he eventually matured, and how he grew up. Yes we have The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but this is only a modern update, not a sequel; we will always wonder, what happened to Holden?
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A coming-of-age story, Sylvia Plath’s novel is one which sets emotive thoughts against stark normality. Depicting a struggle with depression reflective of the author’s own mental state, the novel nonetheless finishes hopefully; the bell jar lifts, things do get brighter. Dealing with an important subject, Plath’s only novel is one which creates an intense though futile desire for another; what was the result of Esther’s interview at the hospital, and did she find her purpose?
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This is a novel which recognises the importance of storytelling. Set in Germany during the Second World War, the story is about Liesel, a little girl sent to foster parents who take in a Jewish man. When her foster father teaches her to read, Liesel starts stealing books, taking back some of the power ordinary people had lost. Demonstrating the universal importance of stories, as well as the conquering of love over death, Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief is one which demands a sequel.
The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier
Tracy Chevalier’s romance between a Dutch girl in the seventeenth century and the painter Vermeer is an atmospheric tale of secret love and stolen time. Adapted into a film and a play, what makes this novel so deserving of a sequel is not only the way it teaches young adults about a very different period in time, but also how the beautiful artistic descriptions give such an unusual setting for a YA novel.
Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
When Maia moves to the Amazon to live with her cousins, she wishes she could do more exploring instead of being stuck inside all the time. When she meets Clovis, and then Finn, her adventuring begins though, and things eventually do work out for the little girl who doesn’t give up. Eva Ibbotson’s book about identity swapping, and family being those you love will transport you to the rainforest! Shortlisted for many awards, Journey to the River Sea is written with flair and entrances you throughout. If only there were a sequel written by the late, great Eva Ibbotson, to enthral us once more.
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle is a classic by Dodie Smith, narrated by Cassandra, who lives in a dilapidated castle with her very eccentric family. With her father an author with eternal writer’s block, her step-mother an artist, and her older sister vain and precocious, Cassandra dreams of bigger things. When two Americans pay them a visit, their life turns upside down. A tale of young love, this book seeps with romance; an imaginary sequel would be a treat for all those who are guided by their hearts.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
It is true that there has been a whole series of Harry Potter, as well as spin offs, histories and various snippets of what the future held for Harry, Ron, and Hermione. But that is simply not enough; J.K. Rowling shaped the formative years of so many children and adults, bewitching us not only with wizarding adventures, but with the complexities of adolescence. And we need more! To have another dragon fight or broomstick ride would just be the icing on top of the cake. Or the chocolate frog in a trading card.
This is our pick of our dream sequels we would pre-order years in advance! These authors clearly knew how to keep us turning those pages. Which books would you love to see a continuation of?