Teen Reading, as seen by NPR

I will list the books dicussed at http://www.npr.org/2010/11/19/131442476/oh-to-be-young-the-year-s-best-teen-reads&sc=fb&cc=fpb AND post whether I’ve heard of them or not *AND* whether or not I plan on trying to find them after I’ve also posted a brief excerpt of what was said about each book in the NPR article.

Here we go:

1. The Sky Is Everywhere


By Jandy Nelson, hardcover, 288 pages, Dial Press, list price: $18

Seventeen-year-old Lennie has always lived in her vibrant older sister Bailey’s shadow, the “companion pony” to Bailey’s racehorse. When Bailey dies suddenly, Lennie’s grief is explosive: “It’s as if someone vacuumed up the horizon while we were looking the other way.”

Not heard of it till today.  Probably WON’T try to find it.


2. Before I Fall

Excerpt: By Lauren Oliver, hardcover, 480 pages, Harper Teen, list price: $18

High school senior Samantha Kingston is a typical mean girl. She and her popular troika of friends cavalierly treat the lesser students like dirt because they can. Early on in the book, on Feb. 12, Sam is killed in a car accident on the way home from a party with her friends.

Never heard of it, not planning on trying it.

And the article authors last words *REALLY make me happy about the four or five books he or she profiled, even though I only posted two:

“So, there you have it. No vampires. No angels. No aliens. Just real people in real situations with real emotions that we all can relate to. The joy of these books — which holds true for so much of the YA fiction being written these days — is that the characters and themes will resonate with readers of any age. Because really, at the end of the day, don’t we all have a 17-year-old somewhere inside of us?”

My answer: Hell yes, we do!  Or at least I know *I DO.*

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