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I'll Ask You Three Times, Are You OK? by Naomi Shihab Nye
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Jan 13, 09

bookshelves: nonfiction, biographies_memoirs, young_adult
Read in January, 2009

I first heard Nye read her poems on Prairie Home Companion some years ago. I thought she was terrific and meant to go out and find her books...and didn't. This one was recommended to me, and while it's not her poetry but instead a kind of book of essays (really, lots of stories), it's highly entertaining. I'm not sure exactly why it's being marketed as YA. I think my teenage niece, just learning to drive, might enjoy it, but it is still strongly an adult voice, that is, a little nostalgic for youth, with a grown-up view of the world. That could certainly work for some teen readers, of course, but it's a bit unusual for that genre in my experience. Nonetheless, a great read.
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John I didn't find it particularly YA either - more like an auto-centered memoir.


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