My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

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I’m a bit concerned that the only books that I seem to even vaguely enjoy anymore tend to be Young Adult. I use “enjoy” loosely, because I certainly didn’t love My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I did like it, which I’ll take at this point. Continue reading “My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga”

Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck

Kelsey Hayes is an insecure eighteen-year-old who has just landed a summer job at a circus. The position includes room and board, and entails that she care for a pack of dogs and a white tiger. I would think that one might need some sort of experience in caring for large cats, but apparently a high school education suffices. Kelsey immediately takes to Ren the tiger, and begins feeding him special snacks and reading him Romeo and Juliet as well as poetry about cats. One day, Ren is purchased by a Mr. Kadam, who plans on taking the tiger to an animal reserve in India where he can roam free and stuff. Mr. Kadam asks Kelsey to accompany Ren on the journey. After all, she’s been working at the circus for three days or something at this point, so clearly she is qualified to travel from Oregon to India without any pushback from her foster parents or even her employers. Once in India, Kelsey learns that Ren is actually a centuries-old Indian prince who has been trapped in a tiger’s body because of a wizard’s curse. Yeah. Kelsey was tricked into this trip because the tiger king felt a special connection with her and decided that she is the special girl to help him break the curse. He tells her so when he transforms into a man, something that he is able to do for 24 minutes a day. Thus begins a magical journey of melodramatic teenage angst and supernatural adventure. Skiddley-dee. Continue reading “Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck”

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie is a sixteen-year-old young man whose narration suggests a mild retardation or some sort of unresolved trauma to the brain. In any case, Charlie’s woebegotten melodrama is told through a series of letters that he is writing to an apparently random individual (although Charlie consistently maintains that this person is not a stranger, the individual’s actually identity is never revealed). In these letters, Charlie admits to his growing apprehension regarding the start of high school, but his fears are alleviated upon meeting some new besties, Patrick and his step-sister, Sam. The trio partake in a series of high school adventures that are commonplace in books and film, but rarely occur in the reality of high school. They drive quickly in a truck and and refer to it as “being infinite,” and habitually enjoy alcohol, pot, LSD, and sex. Continue reading “The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky”

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

After The Hunger Games and The Twilight Saga, I was left with a really awful aftertaste for the Young Adult genre. That brief interlude into the melodramatic and intellect-demeaning world of teenage fiction only made me remember why I never visited during my own young adulthood. I have been studiously avoiding The Fault In Our Stars for the better part of a year. Amazon, Audible, and Tarah made daily attempts to force this book down my throat, but that pesky Young Adult label always drove me away in the end. I finally gave in, prepared for the worst and already planning a vengeful and scathing review. Continue reading “The Fault in Our Stars by John Green”