Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Top 5 of 2013 (so far): Neeka’s Take on Teen Lit

Neeka's been very busy reading this year and her picks will send you all over the library, from YA to Adult Fiction and back to Classics!

1: What happens when siblings’ friendships grow into something...more? With incredible prose and intensely original storylines, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma warms and breaks your heart with the lovely story of Lochie and Maya’s love against the world.

2: 1984 by George Orwell (read more) is, of course, a familiar classic. But this is more than rambling in fancy language. Its breathtaking ideas are not far from lives we could be living with a totalitarian government in place. This will stay with you long, long after the haunting last four words.(The sales for this novel have skyrocketed in the wake of the NSA leak, by the way. Those interested in the scandal should have this book on hold now.)

3: I have failed to show my intense love for musical theater. Wicked by Gregory McGuire, the parallel novel to The Wizard of Oz, is an obvious choice for me, as it served as inspiration for the beautiful Steven Schwartz musical starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. Taking an eye-opening trip through Oz before Dorothy’s arrival is delightful, scary, and heart wrenching, and will put the Wicked Witch of the West in a whole new light.

4: Gale Forman’s novel If I Stay made me hungry for the sequel. A thriller of sorts, we are sent into action within the first thirty pages. Mia is dealing with a sudden car crash involving her whole family. And the choices she is faced with are the scariest part of all. (read our full review)

5: Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison,  as I know, is a favorite around this blog. But let me be just one more enthusiast for the hilarious misfortunes poor Georgia Nicholson must go through. From dressing as a stuffed olive to dating, this book is the really funny version of the moody teenage years. Thank goodness there are ten books in the Confessions of Georgia Nicholson.

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