Tuesday, June 26, 2012

As you, I'm sure, have noticed... I am no longer updating this blog.  Reading and writing about YA books has long been a love of mine, but as I've had a shift in focus as a Librarian, I no longer keep up with YA literature as much as I have in the past.

I'm going to leave this blog here, because there are so many archived reviews, but will no longer be adding new content.  Here's to new things, and I'll miss you!

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Fault in our Stars-- John Green

Full disclosure: I read this book twice back-to-back, then a third time just reading the parts I liked the best. All in one weekend. I know this is not normal behavior, it's just, I dunno, this book struck a deep chord in me and I wasn't ready to move on once I finished it.

Hazel is a 16 year old girl with cancer. She is so busy Having Cancer that she has dropped out of most normal activities. She has friends, but they still attend school and have mostly moved on with their lives. To appease her mother, she joins a kids with cancer support group... where she meets hottie Augustus. They instantly bond over their shared world view, wit, and love of a book written by a Dutch hermit.

But wait! This isn't a lame "cancer book." Cancer is an important vehicle for the story, but what really makes this book so good is the character development of Hazel and Gus, and the dialog between them. It's a love story, I won't deny it. But it seems these days that love stories have been diluted down to either "You're my personal brand of heroin"and "The lion lays down with the lamb" (anyone know which book those quotes are from?), erotica, or schmaltzy romance. This is a story that chronicles the falling-in-love part. There is one scene where Augustus says something so beautiful to Hazel, I literally cried.

Is the dialog a true representation of how teens speak? Not really. It is a realistic story? Nah. Is it beautifully written with compelling characters, and laugh-out-loud moments that balance out the sad stuff? Totally. Do yourself a favor and give it a chance.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mock Printz Winners!

Fort Vancouver Regional Library has officially chosen their Mock Printz winners. Our workshop was well attended by teachers, library staff, and teens. After great debate, here is what we chose:

Everybody Sees the Ants-- A.S. King

Honor Books
A Monster Calls-- Patrick Ness
Jasper Jones-- Craig Silvey

Check out the complete list of Mock Printz nominees HERE.

Click HERE for the actual winners of the 2012 Michael L. Printz. My personal vote for the top book was Jasper Jones, so I was pleased to see that it was selected as an honor book.