“I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good” | The Most Mischievous in YA

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I’m so excited to participate in the Penguin Teen blog tour today for Us Kids Know by J.J. Strong! This heartbreaking debut novel features a cast of characters who have a particular proclivity toward getting themselves into trouble.

In honor of these captivating characters, I’ve created a list of the most mischievous characters in YA fiction. Check it out below!


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9780448494173Title: Us Kids Know

Author: J.J. Strong

Pub. Date: October 24, 2017

Publisher: Razorbill

Pages: 400

We all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Bri and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Ray—bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid—wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Bri knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Bri and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Bri quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

As Bri and Ray become more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, and their once-thrilling experiences grow increasingly dangerous, a series of life-changing events threatens to lead the teens down a dark path—one that could forever alter the course of their lives.

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“I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good” | The Most Mischievous in YA

THE CREW FROM SIX OF CROWS

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LILA BARD FROM A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC

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FRED AND GEORGE WEASLEY

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CELAENA SARDOTHIAN FROM THRONE OF GLASS

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SAFIYA AND ISEULT FROM TRUTHWITCH

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MAGNUS BANE FROM THE BANE CHRONICLES

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THE MARAUDERS

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ALOSA FROM DAUGHTER OF THE PIRATE KING

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SAUCE CREW FROM GOODBYE DAYS

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LEGEND FROM CARAVAL

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About the Author

JJ Strong. Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016.Charles Osgood Photography

JJ Strong received a creative writing degree from the University of Southern California, and a B.A. in English from Georgetown University. His writing has appeared in Fifth Wednesday, the Santa Monica Review, and LA Weekly. He taught for many years in the undergraduate writing program at USC, before moving to the Washington, D.C. area with his wife and son.


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Thanks so much to Penguin Teen for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to check out all the amazing blog posts along the way!

Week One:
October 23 – The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Review
October 24 – ButterMyBooks – Author Guest Post | Playlist
October 25 – The Lovely Books – Review
October 26 – The Bookish Crypt – Review
October 27 – YA and Wine – “I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good” | The Most Mischievous in YA
 
Week Two:
October 30 – Here’s to Happy Endings – Mood Board
October 31 – YA Book Central – Excerpt
November 1 – The Wednesday Blog for Books – Review
November 2 – The Crazy Bookworm – Review
November 3 – Gladiator Glory – Review & Book Photography

Who are some of your favorite mischievous YA characters? Will you be picking up a copy of Us Kids Know?


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11 thoughts on ““I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good” | The Most Mischievous in YA

  1. Jackie B @ Death by Tsundoku says:

    I love this list! What a great way to celebrate a book about mischievous characters. 😀 I haven’t read most of these books, sadly. But I totally agree with you for the ones I have read. I’d also add the classic Peter Pan. He’s always been my king of getting into mischief!

  2. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    So many great character choices and books! Plus, THE MARAUDERS THEMSELVES <3 <3 (I'm still waiting for that prequel, Ms Rowling!)
    This book sounds very interesting ^^ I love a great delinquent story, as they always seem to include the most charismatic and charming of characters!
    Lovely post, Krysti 🙂

    • KrystiYAandWine says:

      Sophie, me too! What I wouldn’t give for a Marauder’s book!!! Seriously. Life will not be complete unless she gives us one. Thank you!!! 🙂

  3. bookprincessreviews says:

    Ooooh, I loved this. There were some great characters mentioned, and they are some seriously mischievous characters in here. I loved Lila and the Dregs crew, because they immediately came to my head. I didn’t think about Alosa right away, but you’re so very right! 😉 Such a great list, Krysti! 🙂

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