Just finished Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a multi-layered tale of a girl struggling to find her voice–literally and figuratively–after a disastrous summer party during which…Well, you’ll find out. And eventually, Melinda will tell you herself.
Some of the YA out there these days is truly awesome stuff. Here’s a list of (other) books I’ve enjoyed reading lately:
–Unwind novels (Neal Shusterman)
–Divergent (Veronica Roth)
–Gone (Michael Grant)
–Feed (MT Anderson)
–The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (Carolyn Mackler)
–His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman)
In the past ten/fifteen years–and especially the last five–this genre has seen an explosion of really, really good work. So when the kids say there’s nothing to read…
Don’t laugh. Hand ‘em a list.