Stargirl abides

Spinelli, J. (2002). Stargirl. New York: Scholastic. (Originally published 2000.) Genre: Realistic fiction Intended audience: General YA Personal reaction to the book: It's sweet without being sappy; it's a quick read; it's got enough fun to blunt the angst. It's everything good about YA fiction. Stargirl is one of those characters (Owen Meany) who it's… Continue reading Stargirl abides


Perfectly dreadful

Sones, S. (2013). To be perfectly honest: A novel based on an untrue story. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Genre: Romance, realistic, verse Intended audience: Teenage girls Personal reaction to the book: Colette, the protagonist, is one of the most annoying characters it has ever been my displeasure to see through… Continue reading Perfectly dreadful

Pastel sunsets

Meyer, S. (2006). Twilight. New York: Little, Brown & Co. Genre: Fantasy / romance Intended audience: Girls, early to mid-teens Personal reaction to the book: Given all the froth around the movies, I didn't have particularly high hopes for this one, but figured I should know what the fuss was about. It's a very solid… Continue reading Pastel sunsets

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

The movie was better

Goldman, W. (2003). The princess bride: 30th anniversary edition. New York: Ballantine. Genre: Fantasy / romance / adventure Intended audience: Everyone Personal reaction to the book: The movie was better. First time I've written that. On the second complete read, one of the problems is the layers of prefaces and extra chapters, etc., accreted over… Continue reading The movie was better

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