Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Radio Week: Hey Soul Sister-- Train

Hey Soul Sister-- Train
Train has made quite the come back this season after we hadn't heard much from them since "Meet Virginia" and "Drops of Jupiter." "Hey Soul Sister" brings us to a whole mess of books about guys that are head over heels with girls that just don't notice. Whether the guy is stuck in the friend zone or pursuing a girl who is just going to stamp all over his heart, these books are about guys who have lost control of their heart. Feeling a little stuck on someone? Here's a song and a book list for you.

Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
Steve York, 18, must write a 100-page paper to make up the credit for a failed English class. He chooses to document his sophomore and junior years, revealing how the gifted National Merit Scholar son of an over-achieving father has become an alienated drug user. As Steve produces an increasingly personal--and hysterically funny--tale of first love and betrayal, he re-examines his notions of truth, friendship, family relationships and love.

 Looking for Alaska by John Green
In a stunning debut novel, Miles "Pudge" Halter befriends some fellow boarding school students whose lives are everything but boring. Pudge falls in love with Alaska, the razor-sharp and self-destructive nucleus. But when tragedy strikes, Pudge has to figure out what it really means to love someone unconditionally.This book manages to be hysterical and heartbreaking at almost the same time.

Saving Maddie by Varian Johnson
Joshua Wynn is a preacher's son and a "good boy" who always does the right thing. Until Maddie comes back to town. Maddie is the daughter of the former associate pastor of Joshua's church, and his childhood crush. Now Maddie is all grown up, gorgeous--and troubled. She wears provocative clothes to church, cusses, drinks, and fools around with older men. Joshua's ears burn just listening to the things she did to get kicked out of boarding school, and her own home.
As time goes on, Josh goes against his parents and his own better instincts to keep Maddie from completely capsizing. Along the way, he begins to question his own rigid understanding of God and whether, as his mother says, a girl like Maddie is beyond redemption. Maddie leads Josh further astray than any girl ever has . . . but is there a way to reconcile his love for her and his love for his life in the church? 

 Heavy Metal and You by Christopher Krovatin
Boy listens to lots of loud music and hangs with his friends. Boy meets girl. Boy falls dippy-happy-scared-as-hell in love with girl. Friends meet girl -- and aren't impressed. Girl meets friends -- and isn't impressed. Boy meets big dilemma. Boy plays music even louder. Big dilemma meets big, complicated resolution. 

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Book bios from BookLetters unless otherwise marked

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