Young Adult Lit/Crit

January 21, 2008

Hey

Filed under: Favorite YA Titles — kariredmond @ 2:56 pm

Hopefully now I am posting correctly? Let me know please if I am still doing something wrong… I am moving my “comment” into this “post” 🙂

Hey guys!

Here are some of my favorite YA titles:

Some Contemporary Novels:

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Originally I read this because she was a local author and it was recommended by a friend who teaches, but once I picked it up I could NOT put it down. It was such an odd narrative, unique, with a disctict perspective that is definatley not heard from often. This book is a great way to show the process of healing and also demonstrates the consequences of kids treating other kids with judgement and disrespect. A must read!

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
This is another novel about the consequences of human behavior, specifically the disrespect of classmates in high schools and the damage that it can cause. A great read that will change the way you look at everyday interaction.

Uglies by Scott Westerfield
This is a novel that is about society’s views on what is aestetically pleasing and how we should be happy with the body and soul that we were given. The author creates amazing characters and a crazy setting several years in the future but still focuses on sending the message that maybe there are some serious things wrong with the way we view ourselves and the way we live day-to-day. It makes you think, but is still interesting and fun… I was pleased to find out that there was a sequel!

Some Classics:

A Separate Peace by John Knowles
This was a book that I was forced to read in Middle School but ended up falling in love with. One of my all-time favorites, a classic story of friendship and tough decisions!

The Outsiders by S.E Hinton
A great classic for obvious reasons. Are we always what we seem, or is there more to us than our appearances and where we live?

Go Ask Alice
I believe this was written by an anonymous author
who offers insight into the life of a teenage drug addict who is trying to kick the habit of using. A tough book to read because of the “real” content, but it sure hammers home the idea that drugs are not something to mess around with.

This was a hard assignment… to see more of what I have read and what I am reading add me as a friend on goodreads.com (it is basically a “myspace” for book nerds!! ) http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/80311

See you in class!
~Kari

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