Wednesday, January 5, 2011

More Cybils Fun! The YA Fiction List of Synchronicities

synchronicities: 1. the quality or fact of being synchronous 2. the coincidental occurrence of events and especially psychic events (as similar thoughts in widely separated persons or a mental image of an unexpected event before it happens) that seem related but are not explained by conventional mechanisms of causality —used especially in the psychology of C. G. Jung --Merriam-Webster Online

This list of similarities and coincidences among the 2010 Cybils YA Fiction nominations is humbly submitted to you by the 2010 Cybils YA Fiction Panel. It is no way to be considered completely exhaustive, as we are certain nominated books will have been missed. This list was originated out of amusement as the seven panelists read their way through the 182 titles. If you know of a nominated title that should be included in one of the synchronicities below, please feel free to submit it in the comments! To get the entire list, you’ll have to visit all seven of the panelist’s blogs (click on their names below).
11. Covers with Broken Glass: Dirty Little Secrets; The Life of Glass; The Secret to Lying; You; Freefall

12. Covers with Kissing: Lighter Side of Life and Death; Not That Kind of Girl; Tell me a Secret; Return to Paradise; For Keeps; Rules of Attraction; The Secret Year; Forget You; Sea

13. Covers with Hands/Hand Holding: Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour; Change of Heart; Friend is Not a Verb; The Ghosts of Ashbury High; Girl, Stolen; The Heart is Not a Size; In a Heartbeat; The Julian Game; Scars; Sing me to Sleep; Something Terrible Happened on Kenmore; Stringz

14. Covers with Hearts: After the Kiss; Change of Heart; The Freak Observer; The Heart is Not a Size; In a Heartbeat; Love Drugged; Scarlett Fever; The Sky is Everywhere; Tangled

15. Creepy Love-Type Situations, Triangular or Otherwise: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour; Sing Me to Sleep; Stolen; This Gorgeous Game
16. Deadbeat Dad: Glimpse, Sorta Like A Rock Star; Stringz; This Gorgeous Game; What Mamma Left Me
17. Deadbeat Mom: Faithful, The Sky is Everywhere; Stringz

18. Evil Piles of Evil: Nothing; This Gorgeous Game

19. Both Parents are Happy, Married, and Living Under the Same Roof: Beat the Band, Butterfly (maybe?), Cinderella Society; Hold Still; Love Drugged; Rhythm and Blues; Some Girls Are (even though they fail as parents); Stolen; Change of Heart 

20. Depression: A Blue So Dark; Life, After; When I was Joe (his mom)
21. The Economy Stinks (aka, someone’s out of work): Beat the Band; Eighth-Grade Superzero; Exit Strategy; Life, After, The No-So-Great Depression; Harmonic Feedback

Weird? We know. Too much time on our hands? Perhaps. More like, too much data in our brains. Intriguing? Good! Check out the other panelists' blogs to get the rest of the list!
Amanda # 1-10
Cheryl # 22-32
Jackie #33-42
Justina #43-52
Kelly #53-62
Melissa #63-72


  1. Thanks for including Change of Heart! And it could also fall under #19: Both parents happy, married, living under same roof.

    Fun list!

  2. Expect an invasion by the Newtons once Xander gets the potty thing down. I'm wanting to get my hands on some of these books!

  3. I love to see a cover "quilt" of those heart covers. "One of these things is not like the others..."

    Thanks for including The Freak Observer.

    (And the economy really stinks up my book too.)