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I Choose You, YA Book! (Part One)

If your Pokémon Go characters were a YA library, we have some ideas about what they would be.

I Choose You, YA Book! (Part One)

Pokémon Go is a favorite new addiction of mine--not only does it allow me to collect things without giving me something else to dust, the character descriptions range from "WTF?" to "oh crap, now I'm sad" (looking at YOU, Cubone). It reminds me of something...hmm, where else can you find diverse and occasionally bizarre characters with compelling backstories? Oh right! YA books!

Your Poké-hosts for today (the fact that we're all on the same team was not planned)

Mandy W., Britt from #SFFYA, and I, along with assistance from FYA HQ, have set out to pair Pokémon with YA books: pick your favorite Pokémon and get a book recommendation (or at least an idea for naming them). Feel free to post your own ideas in the comments, and your idea may get used and credited in Part Two!


The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner is definitely hard to escape from its crushing (occasionally heart-crushing) embrace, so of course, it's Arbok. The fact that Arbok is a snake? Well, that's just a bonus.

Name it: Dill


The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black is one of the best fairy books we've ever read (even Posh liked it, so that's pretty major!), and although the fairies aren't exactly cuddly in this book, there's definitely some...nestling together, to be done.

Name it: Severin


Clearly, the lonely, sobbing Cubone is A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. (If you haven't already read it, and haven't figured it out from the description, this is the ultimate DNRIP book!)

Name it: Conor


Dratini may look adorable, but its constantly changing appearance and massive amounts of energy remind us of Adelina from Marie Lu's The Young Elites. Underestimate them at your own risk!

Name it: Adelina


Divergent by Veronica Roth, naturally, is Electabuzz--especially because of the scene where Dauntless climbs the Ferris Wheel and ziplines from the Sears Tower.

Name it: Tris, Four, or after any of the other daredevil Dauntless crew


Eevee's strange powers remind us of Mary Weber's Storm Siren trilogy, in which the main character Nym is an extremely unusual female Elemental. 

Name it: Nym


Dark Visions by L.J. Smith deals with a group of teenage psychics--who accidentally link their minds in an unbreakable bond. (Oops.) 

Name it: The Institute


Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, edited by by April Genevieve Tucholke is, of course, Haunter--not only do they bear a striking resemblance, but a creature that will steal your life away by licking you is something that undoubtedly belongs in that story collection.

Name it: Your Worst Nightmare Come True


Now, we're not saying The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen is a snooze--anything but! In fact, we're pairing it up with Jigglypuff because, like most Sarah Dessen books, it's a sweet comfort read that's perfect for reading right before bed. Sweet dreams!

Name it: Wes 


When it comes to utterly useless characters that only flop around, open-mouthed and sad, Bella Swan from Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer is the YA embodiment of Magikarp. (Sorry, Twilight fans. Kind of. Well, not really.)

Name it: Bella Swan


Reality Boy by A.S. King features an incredibly angry boxer for a protagonist, so it's a natural fit for equally angry Mankey.

Name it: Gerald


Perhaps for no other reasons than its color and insect-like appearance, Metapod must be Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith.

Name it: Quick, To The Sex Silo!


Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling features the one, the only, the mildly terrifying mom Molly Weasley screaming, "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!"--thus she is the embodiment of Nidoqueen. 

Name it: Molly Weasley


Sweet Valley High. There are SO MANY of them. There is no escape...and they become progressively less adorable as they evolve (that's right, I'm talking about you, Sweet Valley University.)

Name it: Jessica, Elizabeth, A Perfect Size Six, Sparkling Aquamarine Eyes, Fucking Todd


A beautiful horse with a dangerous side? Ponyta is obviously the Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. (Bonus: it evolves into a majestic, fiery unicorn.)

Name it: Corr, Capall Uisce


Dream with me, if you will, and imagine Psyduck being responsible for the sleeping sickness in Libba Bray's fabulous Lair of Dreams. Quick, someone write that AU fic!

Name it: Wai Mae


Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton is clearly Sandshrew, and not just because of the "sand" in the title. To say more would be spoiling it, so get thee to a bookstore at once!

Name it: [spoilers redacted]


The Memory Book by Lara Avery definitely brings the sad, and hopefully you won't be making any keening cries of your own when you're done. 

Name it: Cooper


Companions of the Night by Vivian Vande Velde came out long before the vampire crazy truly swept YA, so there's no sparkling here--just good, old-fashioned killer vampires who only come out at night. 

Name it: Ethan


Vileplume is pretty (pretty ADORABLE) but poisonous, which means that it's the perfect match for Nova Ren Suma's The Walls Around Us, a book about murderous ballerinas and justice on a cosmic scale.  Heck, even the cover matches!

Name it: Violet


Did we miss your favorite Pokémon? Have a better suggestion? Want to show off your level and avatar? Hit us up in the comments, and check back next week for Part Two!

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Jennie's photo About the Author: Jennie Kendrick lives in San Francisco and has an excessive fondness of historical fiction, spreadsheets, turquoise sparkly things, and bourbon. She is also a literary agent with Lupine Grove Creative. When she's not reading, writing, or writing about reading, she cooks obsessively, runs an Etsy shop, and thrifts for vintage everything.