Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Radio Week: "Please Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by The Animals

Rachel is here with a song that almost all of us can identify with at sometime or another:

“I’m just a soul whose intentions are good/Oh lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood”

Who hasn’t thought that exact same sentiment at some point in their lives? You think you’ve done the right thing and then you realize that you might have said or done something that rubbed someone else the wrong way. Well if it happens in song, and it happens in fact, then it also happens in fiction. Commiserate with these characters, who are also misunderstood.

Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller
Colin Fischer is a healthy, brilliant, and responsible high school freshman who happens to also have Asperger’s syndrome. His Asperger’s has helped him in so many ways—it forces him to be extremely organized and makes him an excellent solver of logical quandaries. But it’s also made it harder for him to pick up on social cues and facial expressions, and even worse, it sometimes makes him say and do exactly the wrong thing in crucial situations. But when a gun goes off in the school cafeteria during a food fight, Colin is the one who starts piecing together his classmates’ true motives. Through his sleuthing, he finds an opportunity to show who he truly is—a great friend and a good person.

Every Day by David Levithan (see our full review here)
Every day, A wakes up in a new body. Every day, A tries to get to the next without creating problems for the host body. Every day, A tries not to be misunderstood, but every day that changes depending on who the body really belongs to. Sometimes that means A has to be a lazy couch potato. Other times that means A has to be a smart aleck. When A falls in love though, all of that goes out the window, as A (we don’t know if A’s a boy or a girl) tries to make the girl of his/her dreams understand the real A, no matter what A looks like.

Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
R is a zombie. He likes eating people, especially their brains. Understandably, people are terrified of him. But one day, R falls in love with Julie, who is a person and is therefore, by the transitive property, terrified of R. She interprets his lack of muscle control and smears of blood and guts to mean that he wants to eat her. The only way he can make his true feelings understood is to save her life—whether she wants him to or not.

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