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  • Tara Sonin 4:00 pm on 2018/02/12 Permalink
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    Bah, Humbug: 25 Unhappy Books for Valentine’s Day 

    Love is in the air…but that doesn’t mean you have to drink the Kool-Aid. If you’re not feeling all the lovey-dovey stuff this year, that’s cool. Sometimes other people being happy is the worst. So here’s a list of tragedies, thrillers, and romances that do not end well for you to relish instead. Misery does love company, after all.

    The End of the Affair, by Graham Green
    This novel begins after an affair has already ended, but of course the question is why? Taking the reader back in time, this historical epic romance follows a vengeful man determined to bring down the woman who broke his heart…but when we learn the reason why she did, it will break ours instead.

    Kushiel’s Dart, by Jacqueline Carey
    Not a tragedy per se, but since this fantasy romance involves a special woman who feels pain as pleasure, it felt appropriate to include. Phedre has spent her life in the service of pleasure, but when she has an opportunity to use her talents for political gain, her entire world collapses and she must fight to rebuild a broken kingdom she leaves behind.

    The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
    Clare and Henry are in love, but timing is not their strong suit. Henry is a time-traveller, cursed to travel to different times in his life without warning. That’s how he met Clare, when she was a little girl…and how when, she grew up, they found one another again. In this lyrical, beautiful novel, what was the unique beginning of a love story soon becomes the unraveling of one.

    A Separation, by Katie Kitamura
    A Firestarter of a novel in which a woman’s ex-husband goes missing and she goes to search for him. The story of a marriage is never understood by anyone but the two within it…but the story of a separation is even more mired in mystery.

    Sharp Objects, by Gillian Flynn
    Gone Girl is where most people’s familiarity with Flynn begins and ends, but she wrote two earlier thrillers that are on the same level. Her debut, Sharp Objects, may in fact be her best, a taut psychological thriller about an unsteady reporter who returns to her hometown to write about a past tragedy there—and must face her own demons in the process.

    Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
    If you haven’t watched the TV series…I won’t blame you if you want to check that out first, it’s that good. But the book is just as intriguing; the story of a group of women in a community held atop pillars of class and status, and what happens when those pillars are shattered. What begins as a series of small untruths and deceptions grows beyond the scope of what they can handle, and someone ends up dead.

    Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll
    A piercing portrait of a woman determined to outrun the shadows of her past, but forced to confront them. Ani FaNelli suffered a mysterious trauma during high-school and has successfully managed to reinvent herself as someone who would never be humiliated like that again. But all that effort is about to become undone when the opportunity to get even with the people who harmed her becomes too tempting to ignore.

    The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn
    A twisty thriller about a woman with agoraphobia (and a drinking problem) sees something in a neighboring house. She sees something devastating, something she should never have seen—and suddenly, her life is upended.

    Atonement, by Ian McEwan
    One of the most tragic stories of sisterhood and first love involves a misunderstood moment which builds to a lie, and then a war comes along and lays waste to already ruined relationships. Briony is an observant child, always in the background—and when she sees what she thinks is a man assaulting her sister, she tells an adult. But is that what she saw? And is that why she told? The past and present intertwine in a moving portrait of what happens when jealousy gets in the way of love.

    We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
    A genre-defying story that is part thriller, part romance…and 100% captivating. A privileged family spends a summer on an exclusive island, uniting a group of friends. But secrets twist their friendships into something rotten, something dangerous…a lie that unless confronted, will leave them forever adrift.

    The Wife Between Us, by Greer Hendricks
    A co-written tragedy about a wife, her ex-husband, and the new woman he loves…in which nothing is real, or true, and each page keeps you guessing.

    White Oleander, by Janet Fitch
    A mother and daughter’s tumultuous relationship is explored in this haunting novel about a woman jailed for murder and her daughter passed between foster homes in search of the happiness she never had at home.

    The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
    All’s well that ends well where magic is concerned…perhaps in books like Harry Potter. But this is not that story. When Quentin is suddenly spirited into a world of magic, validating a lifetime of believing he was different and special, he also finds himself at the center of a terrible battle for power that will take everything from him—including the love of magic he once had.

    Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng
    A powerful novel about a Chinese family in the 1970’s, whose lives are ripped apart when their child is found dead. Each of them with their own perspectives, and their own secrets, the entire family is gripped by the need for the truth…and the desire to run from it.

    Call Me by Your Name, by Andre Aciman
    The Oscar-nominated movie should definitely be on your viewing list, but in the meantime, read the book it’s based on! This story of an unexpected romance between two young men during a hot Italian summer is as riveting as it is erotic.

    In a Dark, Dark, Wood, by Ruth Ware
    A night of revelry and excitement and old friends…that’s what was supposed to happen when Leonora shows up to celebrate an old—and estranged—friend’s impending marriage. But what happens is the exact opposite, and it leaves Leonora wondering what the truth is, and what she may have done to cover it up.

    In the Woods, by Tana French
    Mystery writer extraordinare French’s novel about a detective who returns to the town in which he himself was the survivor of a violent crime to investigate another. But the present is often a mirror of the past, and he finds himself growing unstable in the proximity of the case.

    Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
    A tragic origin story of one of the most captivating villains of all time: the Wicked Witch of the West. Meet Elphaba, who would grow up to face off with Dorothy…before the girl with the pigtails rode a tornado into Oz. An upbringing as an outsider, with magic she does not understand, Elphaba craves acceptance, and will eventually fight for it no matter the cost.

    You, by Caroline Kepnes
    A man becomes obsessed with a woman in New York City, following her on social media in order to orchestrate the perfect relationship…and if necessary, the perfect murder.

    The Lying Game, by Ruth Ware
    Here are the rules of the lying game: no lying to your friends and ditch the lie if you get caught. In this hypnotic and fascinating portrait of friendship, four girls used to play this game until they got the rulebook thrown at them and were expelled after the mysterious deaths of one of their fathers. Now, years later, that past is coming back to haunt them, but will they play the game again to survive?

    My Husband’s Wife, by Jane Corry
    Lily loves Ed, and wants nothing more than to be a wife and a lawyer.That is, until she meets Joe: a convicted murderer, and a man she finds herself drawn to. Carla is just a kid, but she knows a liar when she spots one. Years later, their paths collide, and nothing will be the same.

    Room, by Emma Donoghue
    The harrowing journey of a mother and son living in captivity thanks to a mysterious man who kidnapped her when she was a teenager. When she sees an opportunity to free them, she risks it all in order to give her son a chance in the real world beyond their room.

    The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin
    The decision to hear a psychic tell them when they will die changes the lives of a group of siblings, all of whom pursue different paths—and are haunted by lives they could have lived—in this stirring tale of family and fate.

    A Line in the Dark, by Malinda Lo
    This YA psychological thriller puts two friends to the test when a third comes between them. Jess and Angie have always been best friends, but Margot’s spell takes Angie away. In a striking structural shift, the novel switches from the perspectives of the girls to court records and transcripts…when someone in their circle ends up dead.

    Allegedly, by Tiffany Jackson
    She only allegedly killed the baby. But then why did she confess? In this book that will make you forever distrust…well, practically everyone you know—Mary has been in group homes and institutions since she was convicted of murdering the baby her mother was charged with caring for. But now she is pregnant herself, and has decided to tell the truth before her own child is taken away.

    What Anti-Valentine’s Day novels would you recommend?

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  • Tara Sonin 3:00 pm on 2017/10/25 Permalink
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    50 YA Novels Adults Will Love, Too 

    Young Adult novels are written for teen readers, but there’s no reason why adults can’t love them, too! Some of the best contemporary, science fiction, historical, fantasy and romance novels are written by YA authors, and here are fifty you are certain to enjoy at any age.

    Up To This Pointe, by Jennifer Lia Longo
    Harper Scott’s ancestor died trying to get to the South Pole, so she has always tried to do the opposite: stick to a plan, to what she’s good at, and never take unnecessary risks. But when Harper’s plan goes up in flames, she finds herself headed exactly where she never thought she’d go—to Antarctica, to wait out a broken heart in their six-month winter. One of the most honest, beautiful, and crushing depictions of friendship you will ever read.

    Vengeance Road, by Erin Bowman
    Historical fiction fans will love this Gold Rush-era western in which a girl seeks vengeance for her father’s murder by trekking across the west dressed as a boy. She meets two brothers along the way and finds herself torn between the rage in her heart and the possible love which might take its place. (Look out for the companion novel, Retribution Rails, in November!)

    Allegedly, by Tiffany D. Jackson
    Mary killed a baby when she was only nine years old. Allegedly. The case seemed open and shut, especially since Mary confessed. But was her confession coerced? And now that she finds herself pregnant, will the state take custody of her own child? This psychological thriller seems as cut and dry as the situation it describes, until the plot thickens.

    The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater
    All her life, Blue has known that her true love would die. She’s also known that she belongs to a family of clairvoyants, and to heed their warnings, which come from the dead. But when she finds herself tempted by four boys, students at the local private school—and one of them in particular—she fears that she can’t avoid true love, or death, any longer.

    Grave Mercyby Robin LaFevers
    Magic, history, and Mortain—the God of Death—combine in this trilogy-starter about a group of assassin nuns who do death’s bidding. One of the most sensual and evocative novels you’ll come across in any genre, with heroines and prose worthy of acclaim.

    Six of Crowsby Leigh Bardugo
    The streets of Ketterdam are owned by Kaz Brekker, leader of the Dregs gang: a group of likeminded individuals, each with skills of their own, debts to repay…and some magic at their disposal. But Kaz’s quest for power has a dark underbelly—a secret he is trying to protect, and a rival he is desperate to unseat—and when one heist to steal something valuable could accomplish his darkest desires, he puts everyone at risk to achieve it.

    The Young Elites, by Marie Lu
    Every villain has an origin story, and this is Adelina’s: after suffering the effects of a fever which left her, and other survivors, scarred and feared by their community, she realizes that what she once thought was a curse may be the key to her freedom…and the ruin of those who cursed her.

    Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
    A princess who believes herself to be completely unremarkable becomes embroiled in a secret marriage, a war to protect a kingdom, and a prophecy that says against all reason, she will be the one to save them all. Beautiful prose and a unique magic system for fantasy fans!

    An Ember in the Ashes, by Sabaa Tahir
    Two lives collide and the fate of a kingdom is at stake when a slave becomes a spy for the resistance and the soldier son of a fearsome ruler decides to help her. Tahir weaves action-packed fight scenes and secrecy with the nuanced thread of romance as, over the course of the novel, the two realize there is more at stake than their lives, and their freedom; their love. Add to the equation a third character who is desperately, but secretly, in love with the soldier, and complications ensue.

    The Winner’s Curse, by Marie Rutkoski
    Kestrel has always has two choices: join the army like her father, or marry. She desires neither—until she meets Arin, a slave she purchases on a whim in the marketplace. Suddenly she desires quite a bit: to fight, to love, and to put her trust in a man who confounds her at every turn. Arin is tempted by Kestrel, but the truth is he also wants to fight: specifically, her father, who is responsible for the colonization of his people. And he will use Kestrel to get what he needs.

    The Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh
    Mariko is a talented alchemist, but her skills matter less than her ability to marry and unite her family with that of the emperor’s. But on her way there, she is attacked—and when she escapes, she decides that finding those who tried to kill her and bringing them to justice is her true path in life.

    History is All You Left Me, by Adam Silvera
    In this moving novel about first love, regret, and grief, Griffin is confronted by his worst fear: his ex-boyfriend—the guy he believed he would one day be with again—is dead. Spiraling downward, Griffin finds himself drawn back into past memories of Theo as well as confronted by the reality of the present, when Theo’s boyfriend comes to town for the funeral.

    The Madman’s Daughter, by Megan Shepherd
    Gothic novel fans will love this historical science-fiction novel in the vein of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the Isle of Dr. Moreau. Juliet has lost everything after her father’s career was ruined due to accusations she was always sure were false. She journeys to find the truth and finds herself torn between reality and insanity, and wonders if she will inherit her father’s legacy.

    Charm and Strange, by Stephanie Kuehn
    A boy is convinced he is turning into a monster—and not the metaphorical kind. But even monsters can’t outrun the secrets and shames of their pasts, and he is no exception. One of the most unique books I’ve ever read: part psychological thriller, part paranormal, part mystery, with prose that is exactly what the title suggests.

    The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee
    Summer may be over, but you can live vicariously through this European tour during the 1700’s featuring a pair of best friends—and one of them is in love with the other. Monty, a son of the aristocracy, and Percy, a black man raised with his rich, white relatives, somewhat to their dismay—have been friends their whole lives. Monty is a rake and a rogue, falling into bed and into bars with anyone willing, but his heart is set on Percy. They have one final gallivant through Europe, joined by Monty’s precocious sister, before they both must take on the responsibilities and obligations of men in their time. Regency romance fans will rejoice at this one!

    And I Darken, by Kiersten White
    This gender-flipped backstory to Vlad Dracul (now Lada Dragwyla) is as ruthless as its main character, who yearns for the day when she and her brother, Radu, can escape the clutches of the Ottomans and seek vengeance by waging a war she believes is her birthright. But when she and Radu both find themselves falling for the royal enemy, their story is destined to end in blood.

    Three Dark Crowns, by Kendare Blake
    Three sisters, all heirs to a powerful throne…but destined to die for it. If you love Game of Thrones’ magic and mind-games, this powerful and shocking fantasy series will make the wait for the next season fly by.

    The Star Touched Queen, by Roshani Chokshi
    A gorgeous fantasy about a reluctant queen caught between a prophecy that dooms any man who marries her—and her growing love for the man who does. Vivid, moving prose inspired by Indian folklore!

    A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro
    While you’re waiting for the next series of Sherlock, check out this YA genderflipped version! Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are descended from the famed detectives bearing their last names. But unlike their counterparts, they are not friends. That is, until someone dies, and Jamie decides he and Charlotte are the only ones who can solve the case.

    This is Where it Ends, by Marieke Nijkamp
    A shooter causes havoc in a school over 54 minutes in this bestseller, a harrowing, emotional psychological thriller. Told through four perspectives, all with their own fears and secrets, this novel’s diverse cast shines light on the importance of inclusivity and mental health care.

    Wink Poppy Midnight, by April Genevieve Tucholke
    Part contemporary romance, part magical realism, and part thriller, this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read. A twisted love triangle turns violent and those involved are left to decide whether their actions played any part.

    As I Descended, by Robin Talley
    If you’re a Shakespeare fan, don’t miss this horror-tinged retelling of Macbeth. This time the ill-fated couple is Maria and Lily; who are in love, and determined to stay that way despite the class differences that could spell the end of their time together, as college approaches. When Lily coaxes Maria into committing a terrible act in order to win their school’s most coveted award, they are both haunted by the choice—literally.

    The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that THUG is the book of the year to read. A direct response to the Black Lives Matter movement, this novel tells the story of Starr, who watches her childhood best friend get gunned down by a white cop. Caught between her family, her white friends and boyfriend, and the pressure of being the sole witness to this murder as protests rage and the fate of the cop is determined—Starr must decide how to use her voice, and her power, to get justice.

    The First Time She Drowned, by Kerry Kletter
    After spending two years in an institution, Cassie is finally getting her freedom—but when her mother comes back into her life, Cassie finds herself once again being drawn into a toxic relationship. After all: her mother’s the one who had her committed, simply to get her out of the way. A moving story of mothers and daughters, mental illness, and fresh starts.

    Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
    Imagine a world where there is no death no poverty, no war…but to keep the population from growing out of control and to preserve the peace, some lives must be taken. That’s where Scythes come in, and this dystopian sci-fi follows the journey of two reapers-in-training as they learn the art of killing, and the value of human life.

    Scarlett Epstein Hates it Here, by Anna Breslaw
    A fun contemporary novel for fans of fan-fiction—when Scarlett’s favorite TV show is cancelled, her anonymous fanfiction series goes viral…but it’s actually based on real people who would be hurt by her depiction of them. Scarlett is one of the most endearing characters you’ll ever meet; even as she makes mistakes, you root for her.

    The Scorpion Rules, by Erin Bow
    A future world in which the children of political leaders are held as hostages—to keep their parents under control, for any act of war would result in their deaths. A maniacal AI dictator, a burgeoning romance (or two), and two children at the mercy of their parents’ ill-fated decisions makes for a compelling read.

    Girl in Pieces, by Kathleen Glasgow
    Charlie is determined not to think of the things she’s lost, or fall back into old patterns, but the past always comes home to roost. An incredibly authentic portrayal of depression, self-harm, and the depths of the human soul.

    Empress of a Thousand Skies, by Rhoda Belleza
    Two parallel narratives collide when a princess who was thought to be murdered and the refugee accused of killing her both seek justice for their circumstances. Rhee has always known she would inherit the throne her parents left vacant when they died. But after a failed assassination attempt, she realizes that destiny has other plans. Aly, a refugee who has gained fame as the star of a futuristic reality show, is determined to seek out the real villain—before an entire country declares war on him. A diverse epic that, while not set in this galaxy, reflects many of the issues we currently face.

    When the Moon Was Ours, by Anna Marie McLemore
    Magical realism at its finest meets a love story between two innocent teens caught in a web of secrecy. When a group of rumored witches decide to capture Miel and use the roses that grow from her wrists to make an infallible love spell, her relationship with Sam is put in jeopardy—as is the one secret she has kept from him.

    Female of the Species, by Mindy McGinnis
    A brutal, dark tale of the thin line between revenge and justice. Alex has killed her sister’s rapist and murderer—and it’s awakened something within her that can’t be controlled. As she tries to go about living a normal life in the wake of her undiscovered crime, she starts to have another uncontrollable urge: first love. Gritty, difficult, and powerful, this novel sends a strong message about rape culture.

    My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier
    Che thinks his sister is a sociopath. The problem? He’s the only person she trusts, and his parents don’t believe him. A psychological thriller as gripping as it is disturbing.

    We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
    If you love unreliable narrators, toxic friendships, and crushing tragedy (and who doesn’t honestly?) you will love this book. One summer changes everything for a group of friends, and only by going backwards can one girl pick up the pieces.

    The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon
    A feel-good romance and an emotional story about how the stories of our lives are formed by our interactions with others combine for this award-winning novel. When an immigrant girl about to be deported and a boy who feels trapped by his parents’ expectations fall in love over a day, their story impacts everyone around them.

    When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon
    An arranged marriage turns into a delightful comedic romance when Dimple meets Rishi, the guy her parents want her to be with. Of course it does not go the way their parents expect it to: Dimple is more focused on her education, while Rishi actually does want to be matched…laughs and swoons definitely ensue.

    Exit, Pursued by a Bearby EK Johnston
    When Hermione is raped, she is determined not to let it interfere with her plans and her path. The aftermath of a rape is emotional, and often depicted as tragic. But in this narrative, heroine Hermione finds herself supported by everyone she knows—her parents, her best friend, her school, and local law enforcement. Still, she faces tough decisions in her journey to reclaim that which has been taken from her.

    Passenger, by Alexandra Bracken
    A sweeping time-travel fantasy romance for fans of Outlander! Etta is sent back in time to learn that not only are time travelers real, but she is from a family of them—and it is her obligation to continue their work. But when she meets Nicholas, sparks fly between them, and she is torn between fulfilling the destiny which she seems born to find, and returning to the life she had before. Impeccably researched and full of twists and turns, with diverse characters.

    One of Us is Lyingby Karen M. McManus
    The Breakfast Club turns deadly in this mystery where one student ends up dead during detention…just before he planned to shed light on all the dirty secrets of his fellow classmates. Suddenly everyone’s secrets and motives are brought into the light…and the killer will do anything to protect theirs.

    When We Collided, by Emery Lord
    Lord’s newest novel features a sensitive and nuanced depiction of mental illness. Jonah already sees it at home, in his mother, who has been battling depression since the death of his father, but when Vivi moves to town, she seems exactly like the injection of fun and life his family needs. What he doesn’t realize at first is she has mental health issues of her own, and they just may push them both over the edge.

    If I Was Your Girlby Meredith Russo
    An important story of a trans girl finding love, written by a trans women. Amanda falls hard for Grant—but as this is her first real relationship, and first relationship after transitioning from the gender she was assigned at birth to the one she identifies as—she’s scared it could blow up in her face if he found out about her past. How long can she keep her secret, and will she be accepted for who she really is? (Forgive the spoiler, but I believe it’s important: this one has a happy ending.)

    A Court of Thorns and Rosesby Sarah J. Maas
    A fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast in which Feyre is forced to live with Tamlin, a High Fae, as punishment for attacking a fae she believed was a wolf. If you love gilded castles and beautiful gowns, villains and cold-hearted rakes, magic and mayhem and of course a whole lot of romance, this series is for you.

    The Bone Witch, by Rin Chupeco
    When a girl raises her dead brother from the grave, she begins to undergo training to become a Bone Witch, tasked with fighting daeva and keeping The Dark at bay. But her gift means she will be feared by her community…and perhaps with good reason.

    Finnikin of the Rock, by Melina Marchetta
    After the royal family and many others were murdered years ago, Finnikin has always believed the true heir to the throne is dead—until his dreams tell him differently. But in order to find the true heir, Finnikin must align himself with the mysterious Evanjalin—who doesn’t speak, but claims to know where the answers lie.

    Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder
    To save her skin, Yelena agrees to become a food taster for the Commander: meaning that if anyone tries to poison him, she’ll be the one to die. The catch (if that wasn’t enough) is that she drinks a fatal poison to ensure her loyalty…and must take a daily antidote to survive. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and the last thing she needs is secret magical powers…

    A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
    The tale of Gemma Doyle, a boarding school student with a rough past and a talent for seeing the future. Like all of Bray’s novels, A Great and Terrible Beauty is filled with strong female friendships, luscious and heartbreaking romance, and a plot that keeps you on your toes.

    Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
    This story about a human girl who can cross through the barrier between our world and the world of the chimera, is riveting and romantic. Except Karou is beginning to doubt the story of her life that has been told to her: why is her hair naturally blue, why is she entrusted to gather human teeth and bring them to the other world…and who is Akiva, a stranger who shows up with tragic answers to a past Karou is desperate to find.

    The Passion of Dolssa, by Julie Berry
    In medieval France, one girl believes with all her heart that she can communicate with God—while others, those with power, seek to have her executed as a heretic. She meets Botille, a young matchmaker who agrees to hide her from the people pursuing her—and when their two paths collide, Botille puts her family at risk to protect Dolssa’s secret. A fascinating exploration of history.

    Oneby Sarah Crossan
    Two twins have been together as long as they can remember—because they are conjoined twins, and share the same body. But when one of them starts to get sick, separation is put on the table in a way it never was before…because it could save their life. The one life they were determined to live together. A stunning story told in verse.

    The Lie Tree, by Francis Hardinge
    Faith wants to be a good, obedient daughter—but the curiosity she feels about the world, especially science—is unnatural according to her family. So she keeps her true self a secret…until her father is murdered, and only Faith holds the key to why: and it all comes down to a simple tree that her father believed held all the answers to the world’s questions. Will Faith find her father’s murderer, or will the tree damn her as it may have damned him?

    The Sky is Everywhere, by Jandy Nelson
    Mourning the death of her sister Bailey causes Lennie to navigate the winding, complicated roads of grief. Especially when they involve Bailey’s boyfriend, and feelings for him that she can’t ignore—and a new boy in town who makes her feel alive again. Heartbreaking and hopeful, one girl must come to terms with a future beyond her sister’s ever-lingering shadow.

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  • Ellen Wehle 6:00 pm on 2014/10/10 Permalink
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    4 Characters Who Keep Their Secrets 

    We Were LiarsI love first-person narrators. They have a special power to draw me in, making me feel invested as they share their deepest thoughts and emotions. Then there are the unreliable narrators, folks who, despite all this lovely sharing, can’t be trusted. Either they’re crazy, or forgetful, or they have an agenda—or sometimes all three. The characters in the following books go to great lengths to hold onto their secrets. See who you believe:

    The Resurrectionists, by Michael Collins
    I’m always amazed more people don’t know and rave about this book, because it has everything needed for first-rate noir: a corpse, a hero with amnesia, and a road trip one step ahead of the law. When Frank Cassidy was a child his parents died in a mysterious fire. Now the uncle who raised him is also dead, and, as Frank says, “It’s not exactly easy to go to a funeral halfway across the country when you’re up to your ass in debt, when you don’t have the money for an airline ticket.” So Frank loads his wife, cat, and two children into a stolen car and sets out on an epic drive from New Jersey to Michigan. He’s a great character—angry and foul-mouthed, yet visionary as a mystic—and his descriptions of America’s “intergalactic” highways and rest stops are eerily beautiful, even while the reader knows that hey, this trip? It can’t possibly end well.

    We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart
    A novel made for book clubs, We Were Liars tackles big questions of status and love, and how even the most privileged families can implode. Cadence’s family is so old-money wealthy they own their own island, and so stiff-upper-lip that when her father walks out on them, her mother basically tells her to “snap out of it.” Then, the summer she’s fifteen, a terrible accident leaves Cadence permanently damaged. But what exactly happened? Was it an accident? She herself remembers nothing of that night, and her family is too locked in denial (and alcoholism) to be trusted. While the can’t-see-it-coming plot twists make this one a surefire thriller, it’s Cadence’s appealing voice that carries it.

    A Kind of Intimacy, by Jenn Ashworth
    “Some people are naturally honest and can’t stretch the facts to save their life. I realized, too late, that I am one of them.” Given such an introduction, can any reader doubt they’re about to be lied to? Annie, the relentlessly cheerful narrator of A Kind of Intimacy, is my favorite kind of liar, deceiving not just us but herself. Annie’s whoppers put a positive spin on her life, and she believes them because she has to: obese and on the run from a bad marriage, some days she struggles just to get out of bed. Luckily her new neighbors, including sexy Neil, are inclined to think the best of her, even when she starts spying in their windows…and mail goes missing…and rumors surface about her past life. The author makes Annie so sympathetic that, despite everything I knew or suspected, I still wanted her to win Neil’s love. That’s an accomplishment!

    Hyde, by Daniel Levine
    If you remember Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from high school English, you know the case was pretty cut and dried. Anything bad, it was Hyde’s fault. Or was it? Locked in a room with only days left before the world hunts him down, “granted this final spell of solitude, alone in the body,” Hyde wants to set the story straight. Like all villains, he’s done some terrible things – there are those murdered girls to explain, after all—and yet he’s a victim, too. Seen from his viewpoint, Dr. Jekyll was arrogant and rash, thoughtlessly tinkering with strange drugs. As Hyde points out, he never asked to be created, so who’s responsible for the damage done, really? A great read, especially the descriptions of what it’s like to be a consciousness sharing someone else’s head (shiver).

    Who are your favorite fictional secret-keepers?

     
  • Sabrina Rojas Weiss 7:00 pm on 2014/10/03 Permalink
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    Belzhar and More of Our Favorite Boarding-School Novels 

    Meg Wolitzer's BelzharIs there any teen out there who doesn’t occasionally fantasize about being sent off to school far, far away from their parents? Sure, there are rules and teachers and things, but a boarding school is also a microcosm completely devoted to high-school students, sheltered from the outside world, ripe for all kinds of trouble and adventure. No wonder they’ve made great settings for novels from Jane Eyre to The Catcher in the Rye, A Little Princess to Harry Potter. This isn’t a definitive list of the “best” in the genre, but a smattering of favorites, each fulfilling a different literary need:

    A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
    Forget for a second that John Knowles’ story, about a New England boarding schooler named Gene who thinks his charismatic best friend, Phineas, might be secretly sabotaging him, is a universal favorite of English teachers. This is a great example of how boys’ friendships can be just as messed up as girls. Also, don’t take dumb high jumps off of trees, everyone.

    A Great and Terrible Beauty, by Libba Bray
    The world was still deep in the midst of Harry Potter mania when Bray published this very different tale of 19th-century boarding school girls dabbling in magic. While they’re learning how to be proper Victorian ladies at Spence Academy in London, Gemma Doyle and her friends are also exploring a magical realm that lets them fulfill their real (rather libidinous) desires for knowledge, love, power, and freedom.

    Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
    If no one told you Ishiguro’s novel is actually a cautionary sci-fi tale, you’d never know until the end. All you know at first is that Kathy, Ruth, and Tommy are in a boarding school for special students, and their love triangle is one of the most restrained and tense relationships you’ll ever read.

    Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    By now, you know that no one does teen loss like Green. No one does crushes like him, either. His debut novel features both, as we follow Miles “Pudge” Halter to a boarding school in Georgia, where he meets troublemaking but golden-hearted scholarship students Alaska and Chip. Naturally, he falls in love with Alaska. Naturally, she is unattainable. But we readers fall right with him.

    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart
    Unattainable is no longer a word in Frankie Landau-Banks’ vocabulary when she comes back to her elite prep school newly hot and confident. Even when she finds out her boyfriend’s secret society won’t allow girls, she finds a way not just to infiltrate it, but to direct it from behind the scenes. Lockhart was a National Book Award finalist for this fine bit of feminist fun.

    Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
    The one big flaw in this story about a girl coming of age in a French boarding school is the fact that Anna is really pissed off her parents are making her go to a French boarding school. Wha? And yet, the charm of Perkins’ books is also how much we’re dying to be in her characters’ shoes.

    White Cat, by Holly Black
    We’d probably never want to be in the shoes of Cassel Sharpe, the protagonist of Holly Black’s Curse Workers series. The scholarship boarding school student comes from a long line of con artists. He thinks he doesn’t have the same magical powers—the ability to control others’ emotions, wipe their memories, or give them good luck with a mere touch—as the rest of his family, who are caught up in a crime organization run by the father of his best friend and love of his life, Lila, who he suspects he killed years ago. This is a love story, a noir thriller, and a paranormal high school drama all in one.

    The Raven Boys trilogy, by Maggie Stiefvater
    The majority of Maggie Stiefvater’s series takes place in the rural town of Henrietta, Virginia, home to Aglionby Academy, the kooky psychic ladies of Blue Sargent’s family, and perhaps a long-buried Welsh king who will grant a wish to whoever finds him. We barely see the school, but we fall in love with its students Gansey, Ronan, Adam, and Noah, as they team up with firecracker Blue, who’s pretty sure she’s going to kill her first love with a kiss. In Stiefvater’s hands, each of the characters’ inner conflicts is every bit as important as the story’s rich-kid/townie tension and mystical goings on.

    Winger, by Andrew Smith
    It feels like a privilege to be inside the head of a Smith character, even one as insecure as Ryan Dean “Winger” West, a 14-year-old junior at Pine Mountain Academy. The intermittent witty illustrations and internal (relentlessly horny) dialogue make this one of the funniest (and most Salinger-esque) of this group, but there’s a deeper theme, too, as Ryan Dean learns what it means to be a good, honorable friend—to his BFF/crush Annie, his gay friend Joey, and his other rugby teammates. We can’t wait to see how he navigates senior year in Stand-Off, out January 2015.

    Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer
    Meg Wolitzer has often included elements of adolescent coming of age in her novels, but this is her first crack at a truly YA story. Jam Gallahue has been sent to a boarding school for emotionally “fragile” students after the death of her boyfriend. There she’s placed in a special English lit class, where she’s one of just five students doing a close study of Sylvia Plath’s work. Inexplicably, when they write in antique journals their teacher has given them, they’re thrown into a dream world where the horrible circumstances that brought them there are reversed.

    What’s your favorite novel set in a boarding school?

     
  • Dahlia Adler 7:00 pm on 2014/08/21 Permalink
    Tags: , , e. lockhart, jen calonita, louise rennison, meganmccafferty, , , ,   

    5 Contemporary YA Series You Don’t Want to Miss 

    E. Lockhart's The Boyfriend ListIn genres like fantasy or sci-fi, it seems like every book out there is one in a set. Not so in contemporary, where the standalone is king, and sometimes the best you can do for more of your favorite characters is log on to a fanfic forum. However, there are exceptions to that rule, and they’re some of my favorite contemporary titles in YA. So next time you’re headed out for a weeklong vacation and don’t know what beach books to pack, any one of these series will have you covered.

    Ruby Oliver Quartet Series, by E. Lockhart

    Lockhart is probably best known for either her Printz-nominated feminist YA par excellence, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, or her recent New York Times best seller We Were Liars. But as much as I loved both, this four-book series will always hold the most special place in my heart. It’s a fantastic and nuanced exploration of teenage feelings, behavior, and mental health (complete with therapy sessions throughout), as well as a realistic and healthy look at relationships and sexuality.

     Jessica Darling Series, by Megan McCafferty

    Okay, I am admittedly cheating here, because technically this series was published as adult and lasts into the main character’s twenties, but disregard that. Because the first two books, both set in high school, are such a wonderful, insightful, layered peek at adolescent best friendship, confusing romance, the pain of missing, and the feeling of not fitting into your own skin that they’re essentially YA staples. Jessica Darling was the first character I ever read who made me think, “That’s me. In a book. There I am.” And that’s a magical thing.

    Secrets of My Hollywood Life Series, by Jen Calonita

    A particularly great series for younger YA readers, the six books follow actress Kaitlin Burke as she struggles with life in the public eye. While she does love acting, she also craves all those things that come along with being a teenager, from a real school experience to an even realer romance. The series presents a nice balance of both sides of celebrity, as well as different areas of the trade (a later book has Kaitlin doing a Broadway show), and does so with plenty of insider info.

    Confessions of Georgia Nicolson Series, by Louise Rennison

    Not to date myself or anything, but when I was in high school, the amazing collection of books we now categorize as YA wasn’t quite as huge a Thing. I did, however, absolutely love British chick lit, and I love this series for being YA’s closest approximation to it. Georgia’s voice is warm, funny, and at times utterly absurd, and you get plenty of it over the course of these 10 great books.

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants Series, by Ann Brashares

    The first book in this series might be over 10 years old, but the stories of friends with different lives, loves, and paths still hold up plenty well (and the recent cover rebranding doesn’t hurt). Whether you’ve already read them or have just seen the movies, there’s never a bad time to check in again with this foursome and their magical denim.

    What’s your favorite YA series?

     
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