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Avalon High by Meg Cabot
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Sep 25, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: highlyrecommend, youngadult, fantasy-sci-fi
Read in August, 2007

Meg is back! I have been a fan of Meg Cabot since first reading The Princess Diaries, I also loved the entire Mediator series and the first All-American Girl book. However, I have been increasingly unimpressed with the later Princess Diaries books and hated the second All-American Girl. I realize that teenagers are thinking about and talking about sex, but I don't like YA novels that just start taking for granted that young adults are all - and should all be - having sex. I teach young adults. I know them. There is no WAY they should be thinking sex is something for them to be doing. Now that I have finished my rant.... I loved Avalon High. I love Cabot's skill at characterization and the deft way that she taps into teenagers. She's also crafted a creative spin on the Arthurian legend - a legend I love and never tire of reading new incarnations of. I thoroughly enjoyed the concepts of repeated reincarnations of the key characters from the legend and the spin she gives to the story of the Lady of Shalott. Two thumbs wayyyyyy up! (and yay for going back to the more "innocent" boy-girl physical relationships.)
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Maddie Senator I completely agree with you. There is way too much sex in teen literature nowadays--as if they needed any more incentive for that, and all the problems it brings. Yes, it was very refreshing to read about a "more innocent boy-girl relationship" and about Arthurian legend--I agree!!

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