This is an honest look at what it is like to be a teenage girl in high school. When your universe contains your parents and the kids at your school thThis is an honest look at what it is like to be a teenage girl in high school. When your universe contains your parents and the kids at your school things may seem to surround you and start to suffocate you. Ruby Oliver has started to have panic attacks after her boyfriend breaks up with her. After this breakup she then loses her best friends through a series of misunderstandings. One of the funniest scenes of the book is when we see Ruby having a panic attack at her dinner table. While she has her head under the table and she is trying to calm herself down her parents are arguing over whether she has an eating disorder or not. Another scene that made me laugh out loud was when her mother takes her out to practice driving and is yelling at her with every shift of the steering wheel. The book goes through a list of boyfriends that Ruby has to write for her shrink. As things start to fall apart Ruby sees that there may be more than this unvierse she is surrounded by. I think this appeals to the teenage girl readers. They would be able to relate. Not to mention that it is funny and has some talk of sex throughout the book....more
**spoiler alert** It is interesting how sometimes the shortest books can leave you asking the most questions. Here we meet an unreliable narrator (thi**spoiler alert** It is interesting how sometimes the shortest books can leave you asking the most questions. Here we meet an unreliable narrator (this book was so frustrating to read right after Liar!). We meet a family that is in shambles after the death of older daughter, Jazz. The only one trying to pick up the pieces is Sunny. She's sarcastic and knows just what she needs to do to keep her parents, especially her mother, to go on with their days. Soon a letter arrives from said dead sister. A girl appears on the doorstep who is an imposter. Sunny and her father try to figure out a way to truly prove that this isn't Jazz. Things start to go crazy but Sunny maintains her cool... or does she? We are left with another "What the heck just happened?" ending. Poor Sunny, maybe she didn't fair so well with her sister's death afterall.
This has YA appeal because it is so darn short! I think a teen would love to read it because it would be a breeze and plus the mystery element surrounding the book is definitely interesting....more
I didn't know what to expect from this book. Just a before and after. Before what? After what? When the After finally came I couldn't stop myself fromI didn't know what to expect from this book. Just a before and after. Before what? After what? When the After finally came I couldn't stop myself from crying. The way John Green writes this book is simple yet powerful. He describes these characters so you as the reader become attached. You find out more and more about them as if you are part of the group. When they play Best Day/Worst Day I felt like I was there. At some point in your life you have one of those nights where you are sitting with your friends and you talk about things you never knew. To learn a secret and feel their pain is part of what brings you closer together. This is what happened for Pudge, Colonel and Alaska. To then have to deal with such a sudden loss not long after that night was heart breaking to read. This book deals with the themes of love, friendship and losing. Teens can relate to these themes. Beyond teens I think any adult can enjoy this book. Reflecting on those who have come in and out of our lives and of course dealing with the labrynth and moving to the Great Perhaps. This is one of my favorite books....more
**spoiler alert** Liar, liar wolf on fire! The twist in this book really threw me for a loop. Honestly I wasn't too happy about it. While I wouldn't s**spoiler alert** Liar, liar wolf on fire! The twist in this book really threw me for a loop. Honestly I wasn't too happy about it. While I wouldn't say that Liar fits in the vampire/wolf genre I would have just have rathered it be about this strong female character who is trying to get to the bottom of her boyfriend's death you know... who wasn't a werewolf. I think with the Twilight craze I am weary of such plot lines. Part of the charm of the book is that you never know whether she is being honest with you, the reader, or not. The twist could be her biggest lie. I guess we'll never know. I think this book has YA appeal and would be a fun summer read. But I would watch my back with Micah prowling around....more
This collection of poems and prose was tender and sweet and wonderful. As I read these stories I could hear the voices in the hallway. The goth, the mThis collection of poems and prose was tender and sweet and wonderful. As I read these stories I could hear the voices in the hallway. The goth, the metal head, the bible toter, the bitchy popular girl, etc. I wanted to know who these kids were and who they were talking about. What is great bout Levithan is that he let's you know who the characters are speaking of and then you can find out his/her point of view. Haven't we all felt at least one of these emotions? Dealt with love? Loss? I would love to use this in a YA program and have the teens write a poem about their day/ their thoughts on life. This has great teen appeal. David Levithan keeps his place as one of my favorite authors....more
Teenagers with powers going against their parents in a fight to save the world... or at least in this book the lives of girls with blue hair. When theTeenagers with powers going against their parents in a fight to save the world... or at least in this book the lives of girls with blue hair. When the ragtag group of kids find out that their parents belong to an organization called "The Pride" they quickly learn that they themselves have powers. Some are aliens, others have weapons and one lucky gal can communicate with a dinosaur. This graphic novel/comic was a quick read and would interest any teenager who has an interest in X-Men or any other superhero type media....more
PostSecret is a stellar project. Not only are the secrets enticing and sad and funny, but the art is wonderful too. As one reads these secrets I thinkPostSecret is a stellar project. Not only are the secrets enticing and sad and funny, but the art is wonderful too. As one reads these secrets I think he/she will be able to relate to a few of them. Whether you secretly hate someone or did something you were ashamed of we all have secrets and this book shows that. No matter how different we may seem we have have something that binds us all together: a secret. YA readers would definitely find this book interesting. Besides the subject matter there isn't much text which I think they'll like....more
Tyrell is a real look at the day-to-day life of a homeless kid living in the Bronx. Tyrell is forced to take care of his 7-year-old brother and motherTyrell is a real look at the day-to-day life of a homeless kid living in the Bronx. Tyrell is forced to take care of his 7-year-old brother and mother while his father is in jail for the third time. Trying to find a way to support his family he balances trying to have virtue in a life on the streets where he could be dealing drugs. Not wanting to deal drugs Tyrell comes up with a plan to follow in his father's DJ-ing shoes, but the pressures of the world around him could be too much. This honest take on a life in Bronx has YA appeal for kids who may have be experiencing similar events in his/her own life....more
What are we really learning from Meg Cabot's Airhead? Em Watts becomes a modern day Frankenstein (It's alive! It's alive!) when a TV falls on her andWhat are we really learning from Meg Cabot's Airhead? Em Watts becomes a modern day Frankenstein (It's alive! It's alive!) when a TV falls on her and she wakes up in someone else's body. Things start to get a little cooky when she realizes that her mind is in the body of super star teen model Nikki Howard. As she tries to deal with the fact that she has to keep this secret or her family will be charged with the $2 million surgery fee she tries to balance who she once was with who she has become. The lesson? Is life easier when you are rich and can stop at any Mac store on your way home to buy a brand new laptop? That starting a new school is awesome when you're famous and you can make instant friends? Perhaps the real lesson we can all learn from Airhead is that you shouldn't stand under a giant plasma screen TV when it is poorly secured to the ceiling!
The girl's YA appeal is great. It deals with being an outcast mixed with a flare for the celebutant. Young girls will defintiely be attracted to this book. And doesn't everyone want to know what happens with Christopher?...more
The second I opened this book I was addicted. I just couldn't put it down. I was grabbed by Katniss and1984 + The Giver + Survivor = The Hunger Games
The second I opened this book I was addicted. I just couldn't put it down. I was grabbed by Katniss and the story of her family and the world she lived in. I just couldn't believe what these young adults had to face. I kept trying to picture myself in The Games, but was hopeful that if I lived in this world I wouldn't be one of the kids in the arena. Hopefully I could live in the Capitol and weaar crazy clothes and call it a day. I wouldn't be able to handle the pressure! Kat is such an itelligent character. I need to read the rest of this series.
This would fit into the "kids that kick ass" section of my library, as well as post-apocolyptic damnation!...more
**spoiler alert** Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy... drowning in big words and political jargon about werewolves... HELP!
While I loved who Sunshine was (sm**spoiler alert** Heavy, heavy, heavy, heavy... drowning in big words and political jargon about werewolves... HELP!
While I loved who Sunshine was (smart, baker-tastic, talented) I thought she could talk way too much. Part One of the book was super interesting. I loved the thought of them in that room together, shackled with nowhere to go. Parts Two and Three completely lost me. Not to mention that if that print was way too small for me, what teen isn't going to be scared away by that?! Part Four helped to redeem the book for me, but all-in-all I wasn't too impressed by Sunshine. It seemed long and drawn out for no real reason. If anything her and Constantine could have hooked up in the beginning and done their Buffy damage right away!...more