Have you ever read a book, loved it with your heart and soul, then left dumbfounded when you’ve reached the end? It’s like, did something happen during my downloading, or did Amazon send me the broken copy because there’s no way the story ends here.
There should be something more, one more paragraph maybe, one more chapter, heck, one more book even.
Sound familiar? Been there before?
Yeah. I’ve been there before. Many, many I-don’t-wish-to-acknowledge-it times.
Don’t get me wrong. The authors did a great job in writing the whole book—the ending included—but I’m a fangirl, and by default that means I know everything about the book better than anyone. Especially when it comes to how to write a more satisfying ending.
I’ve listed ten Young Adult books which in my opinion could use some extended ending.
My list is based on YA books I’ve read until March 2015.(Warning: some minor spoilers ahead)
#10 Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Eli is my number one favorite among Dessen’s boys. At the end of the book, Eli wore a dress shirt and dress shoes. It's written right there in one sentence. This was Eli, guys, and he’d never dressed up. I believe this calls for an extra paragraph or two.
#9 Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor
After everything they’ve been through in two lifetimes, it’s only natural that I expected Akiva and Karou to get their epic ending. I guess I was disappointed.
#8 Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
I want more awww moments before reaching the last page. More kissing. More dancing. More, more, more…
#7 Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
No, no, no, no, no. I refuse that postcard, Park. Send it back and do something else instead.
#6 Where She Went by Gayle Forman
It was such a bittersweet ending: the song, the feels, the final stage. I don't want the magic to end. I’d feel much more sated if Gayle decided to write the third book about Adam and Mia. I need another closure badly.
#5 All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
I can’t … It’s just … I’m still too emotional to talk about this book and its bright places.
#4 I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
I’m satisfied with Jude’s part. Cannot say the same thing for Noah’s though. I kept on turning the last few pages, but nope. Nothing more about Noah and his charismatic boy next door.
#3 The Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
This is the most painful love triangle in the history of modern fiction. How did you end a book that had the most painful love triangle story ever? The answer is you cannot.
#2 Champion by Marie Lu
A handshake is not a proper way to end a trilogy, not in dystopian, not in contemporary, not anywhere ever. I demand a rewrite on that last chapter! And please make it longer. And hotter, because, my god, Day is twenty-seven for crying out loud. He’s hot, broken, and available. What can be more perfect than that?
#1 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
No, I don’t think I need more Harry, Ron, and Hermione. What I desperately need is seven books of Snape.
What’s your list, people?
Tell me, and let’s compare notes.