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I just finished reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartte. It took me awhile to get through the over 800 page novel, but WOW it was worth it! It is classified as an adult novel, but some older YA readers would definitely enjoy the story line if they are willing to take on the challenge. It tells the story of 13 year-old Theo, who survives the bombing of a museum, but his mother does not. Wealthy friends of the family take him in when his father abandons him and the story continues to unfold from there. This is one of those books that is difficult to book chat- all I can say is that it is worth reading. You wont want it to end!
It was difficult to pick up another book after that, but I decided to go back to an author who never fails to entertain me, John Green and Paper Towns. He does not disappoint in this teen adventure, drama, coming of age story about Quentin and his next door neighbor secret love/crush, Margo. One night Margo appears in Quentin's bedroom window and takes him on a night of mischief and adventure. The next day....she disappears. And the mystery is on!
Even Librarians get busy around the holidays, and my reading was put on hold for a bit. One of my (many) new year's resolutions is to get back to some of the classics. I decided to start with Jack Kerouac's On the Road. I just started so, i will get back to you wether I give it a thumbs up.
My favorite of the month so far is Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. Some might call it a love story, but to me it is just about teenage life and trying to survive it! Eleanor is a misfit, but with a sense of style that attracts Park, your typical teenage boy. A friendship blossoms based on music- alternative music-with great classic bands like The Ramones and The Smiths. Throw in some family drama, romance, and a suspenseful ending and you will see end up loving this book too!
My next read was Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. To be honest, it is not one of my favorites- it was a little too "techie" for me. But if you are into computers, video games, and "ARGing" you might enjoy this read. It takes place in San Francisco after a terrorist attack and Marcus, a teenage gamer, gets mixed up with Homeland Security and the fate of the freedom of the entire society!
I thought I would get into the spirit of the month and read Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira which wasn't what I thought it would be, but I do recommend it! Laurel is a freshmen in high school and her first English assignment is to write a letter to a dead person which turns into a journal of her struggles, life, and friends over the year. One thing I really like about this book are the dead people she chooses to write to- Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, plus more and what I learn about them. This is a quick, easy read!