In a time when teens can barely imagine a world without texting and Facebook, and where people are more likely to send a smile on Snapchat than on the bus, Eleanor & Park provides interesting commentary on what has now become “old-fashioned” romance, and the temporary nature of first love. There are a lot of… Read More Eleanor & Park, or, How To Fall In Love Without Facebook
Earlier this week a teen at the library saw me with an arm full of Orca Soundings books and asked if I’d recommend them. As I wrote about in a previous blog post, I told her I wasn’t sure yet, and had an interesting conversation about teen fantasy/romance instead. Now that I have read a… Read More Who reads Orca Soundings books?
I went to the library today. I was standing in the teen section with 4 Orca Sounding books in my arms when another patron – a real teen – walked over to the shelf beside me. She looked over at me and I smiled, and she surprised me by asking, “Are those any good?” I… Read More My Impromptu Teen Reference Interview
I’ll admit it: as a former student of both English and Psychology, and a perpetual sucker for personality typology…I’m a little bias. I can’t help but read YA novels from a psychological perspective. This isn’t to say that I’m actively seeking out a moral “lesson” to assign the book value. But I believe that the… Read More Psychology and YA Literature
“Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys.” So many realistic fiction teen novels seem to be one of two types: either the quirky misfit protagonist clumsily makes his/her way through the journey of highschool, while stumbling upon love (Speak, Eleanor & Park, Thirteen Reasons Why, Looking… Read More Where Does Judy Blume’s Forever Fit In the Teen Section?