Genre starter

Hinton, S.E. (1997). The outsiders. New York: Puffin. Genre: Realistic fiction Intended audience: Mid-teens Personal reaction to the book: I did not like it as assigned reading in junior high; I do not like it now. On page 162 or so, Ponyboy says "I would rather have anybody's hate instead of their pity." So why… Continue reading Genre starter

Bring tissues

Green, J. (2012). The fault in our stars. New York: Dutton. Genre: Romance Intended audience: General YA Personal reaction to the book: SPOILER ALERT: Review contains spoiler. OK, so it's an emotionally manipulative tear-jerking exposed dental nerve ending of a book. What's wrong with that? It's also extremely well-written and it's the first romance I've… Continue reading Bring tissues

War … what is it good for?

Cormier, R. (2000). The chocolate war. New York: Laurel Leaf. (First published 1974.) Genre: Realistic fiction. Intended audience: Teens Personal reaction to the book: It's not pretty cynical for a teen book, it's pretty cynical (as in Raymond Chandler's “Red wind,” where the pearls from the dead lover are fake). Even I, cynical former newspaper… Continue reading War … what is it good for?

Walk a mile in her pants

Brashares, A. (2001). The sisterhood of the traveling pants. New York: Delacorte. Genre: Romance Intended audience: Romantics, particularly girls. Personal reaction to the book: It's a chick-lit book that goes beyond the usual stereotypes: The hot boys weren't all clueless; The characters progressed during the book (a hard concept for the genre, I know); The… Continue reading Walk a mile in her pants

Let’s talk about sex

Blume, Judy. (1975). Forever … . Scarsdale, N.Y.: Bradbury Press. Genre: Romance / realistic fiction Intended audience: Older teens, especially girls Personal reaction to the book: Steamy for its era and certainly for Blume's traditional audience; it would be a relatively tame romance by contemporary adult standards (for instance, I just did a comparison of… Continue reading Let’s talk about sex