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Lena's comments from the Edgy YA group.

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Easy (19 new)
Oct 04, 2012 01:01PM

61404 I agree, it's predictible. However, at least in the US, rape has a huge stigma, and it's pretty common for it to go unreported. There is some statistic I heard that only one in four rapes is reported. It's hard to get a prosecution for rape charges, and since this guy didn't actually 'succeed' (what a horrible word for it, right?), he probably would have gotten away with it.
I do agree that the character's response to it (and everything) doesn't go along with the way the author wants to portray her as eccentric and strong. My jaw dropped when she started joking with her friend about being sex-starved. I doubt anyone who's ever been assaulted is going to lament about not having sex, or want anything to do with it for a while.
Easy (19 new)
Oct 03, 2012 05:22PM

61404 So, not to interrupt or anything, but...I'm reading this one, about 10% in I think. I'm still not sure. Rape scenes in the first chapter are a widely recognized no-no, as they are 'easy' ways to pull the reader in. But, the book is self-pubbed, or it appears that way. So I guess I judge a little easier in that case.
Sep 25, 2012 07:32AM

61404 Marita wrote: "Tasha wrote: "Just finished reading Smack by Melvin Burgess for the 2nd time. It's still just as good as it was when I picked it up the first time 11 years ago."

I really liked "Smack." Melvin Bu..."


That was my favorite by him, but I don't know if I could read it again. It was so intense I was shaking as I read parts of it.
My least favorite was Lady: My Life as a Bitch, but just because it was so silly compared to his other books. It's not a bad book, though. I'd still recommend it. The end is really interesting.
Aug 01, 2012 08:55AM

61404 Just out of curiosity, do you publish your own books, Marita?

And on topic, I'm reading Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper.
Leverage (4 new)
Jul 26, 2012 04:34PM

61404 I read this and really liked it.
May 21, 2012 04:48PM

May 16, 2012 11:23AM

May 16, 2012 07:45AM

61404 Speak and Story of a Girl are two good ones about girl bullying. Not nearly as intense as Leverage, but still very good.
May 16, 2012 07:43AM

61404 Rainbow Boys and Boy Meets Boy are the two most popular ones around here.
Apr 25, 2012 08:59AM

61404 I know! I thought that book was extremely subtle. I'm not even sure a 10 year old would be able to tell what happened in the rape scene.
Apr 25, 2012 08:00AM

61404 Yeah, someone recently told me she couldn't believe her daughter had to read Speak for school. That surprises me. I don't think it's inappropriate at all. In the state right next to mine, a parent tried to get it banned from a school library on the grounds that it was "soft-core porn." I still can't stop shaking my head.
Apr 25, 2012 07:48AM

61404 Marita wrote: "Lena wrote: "Oh, also, I picked up Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen after seeing Marita's post about it, and I'm really liking it. Thanks for the suggestion."

You're welcome :)"


I finished that one. Definitely pushes the boundary on YA. I wouldn't recommend to anyone under 16, and probably only then if they were very mature.
Apr 25, 2012 07:46AM

61404 I want to say it's called "The Long Walk," but I may be wrong. There are several books with similar premises. That said, there are tons of books out there that aren't exactly original. It's the author's ability to make you care about the characters and story anyway that make it successful, I think.

I'm reading Forge (Seeds of America, #2) by Laurie Halse Anderson (same author as Speak and Wintergirls) and Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson right now.
Apr 18, 2012 11:50AM

61404 Oh, also, I picked up Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen after seeing Marita's post about it, and I'm really liking it. Thanks for the suggestion.
Apr 18, 2012 11:49AM

61404 Jennifer wrote: "Marita wrote: "Just finished Battle Royale by Koushun Takami. I loved it, though there were some really sad moments that made me want to change things, because I liked some characters too much. But the a..."

I've heard a lot of people say it's the same. There's also a Stephen King short story that's a lot like the premise of HG.
Recommendations (3 new)
Apr 17, 2012 04:52PM

61404 I have your book on my list already...the first time I read the description, I couldn't wait to read it! Thanks for the other suggestions.
Recommendations (3 new)
Apr 16, 2012 07:47AM

61404 I thought I remembered this topic, so if it's a repeat I apologize. I wanted a thread for people to ask for recommendations for edgy YA, or to recommend something you've read that you liked.

I'm looking for some good GLBT books for young adults, preferably gay but lesbian is okay as long as the girls aren't portrayed as predatory. Does anyone know any good ones besides Boy Meets Boy and Rainbow Boys?
Apr 16, 2012 07:36AM

61404 Just have to finish the epilogue of Vixen (Flappers, #1) by Jillian Larkin. I really wanted to love this book, since I have a slight obsession with flappers, but it wasn't as good as I hoped.

Next I'm starting Anna Karenina (Centennial Edition) by Leo Tolstoy on audio. That should take a while! Also about to start Beautiful by Amy Reed, late, I know.
Speak (7 new)
Apr 08, 2012 07:27PM

61404 I have a hard time picturing Selena Gomez as depressed! Might be a nice challenge for her.
Speak (7 new)
Apr 08, 2012 07:26PM

61404 I did not like the way Asher portrayed girls or people with depression. I had some serious issues with the book and its overall message. I think Anderson dealt with the issue of bullying in a way that is much healthier to read. I would say Thirteen Reasons Why is probably more 'edgy' though.


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