Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Breakfast Club Week: The Princess

In celebration of the 30th anniversary of this classic teen movie, each day we’ll recommend books for one of the members of that fateful Saturday morning detention….

Today, Megan gives us some selections for Ms. Teen Queen: Claire Standish

For me The Breakfast Club always has and always will be one of the movies that I will stop whatever I am doing and watch. There’s something about that fictional moment in time (March 24, 1984 when I was actually 2 months away from being BORN) at the fictional Shermer High School in Shermer, Illinois that has always felt like the most real of high school experiences. And no character stands out to me more than that of Claire, the “princess”.

I will be the first to tell you that I am not like Claire in the slightest. I was not a popular kid in high school. I am not rich. I certainly cannot put on lipstick without using my hands (though don’t think I haven’t tried). Truth be told I fall more on the Brian (the “brain”) and Allison (“the basketcase”) spectrum of the world. But something about her called out to me. Meaning I have spent more of my adult life than I’d like to admit looking for the perfect pink blouse and brown suede skirt combo and pretty frequently bust out her sweet dance moves. My favorite thing about her, however, is that she’s not a perfect princess who is completely above ditching class to go shopping, falling for a criminal, or being kind to the weird girl in too much black eyeliner. So in honor of fallen and flawed princesses, here are 5 books that I think Claire would enjoy:

(All descriptions from our catalog)

7 Clues to Winning You by Kristin Walker

Ridiculed at school after a humiliating photograph of her goes viral, Blythe teams up with Luke to win the Senior Scramble scavenger hunt and salvage her reputation, a partnership that blossoms into romance until their madcap antics spiral out of control.

On her eighteenth birthday, spoiled party girl Lexington Larrabee learns that her days of making tabloid headlines may be at an end when her ever-absent father decides she must learn some values by working a different, low-wage job every week for a year or forfeit her multimillion-dollar trust fund.

When wealthy, seemingly perfect Brittany and Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, develop a relationship after Alex discovers that Brittany is not exactly who she seems to be, they must face the disapproval of their schoolmates--and others.

Welcome Caller, This is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (see our full review)

When big-hearted Chloe Camden's best friend shreds her reputation and her school counselor axes her junior independent study project, Chloe is forced to take on a "more meaningful" project by joining her school's struggling radio station

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
When sixteen-year-old Corinne Corcoran's father loses his job, she is forced to give up her privileged Manhattan lifestyle and move to Broken Spoke, Texas, where she discovers that life is more than shopping sprees and country clubs.

And since my favorite moment with Claire is when she falls for the “criminal” John Bender, here’s a title with a main character I think would give Johna run for his money:

Sway by Kat Spears (see our full review here)

High school senior Sway could sell hell to a bishop. When Ken, captain of the football team, hires Jesse to help him win the heart of Bridget, Jesse agrees. While learning about Bridget, he falls helplessly in love. A Cyrano De Bergerac story with a modern twist, it's Jesse's point of view, his observations about the world around him unimpeded by empathy or compassion; until Bridget forces him to confront his devastation over a crushing event a year ago and just maybe feel something again.

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