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”

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

I never pegged myself as a fan of Young Adult fiction, but I am coming to learn that I just have a distaste for Young Adult fiction that incorporates supernatural elements. I loathed Twilight, but I loved The Fault in Our StarsThe Tiger’s Curse was a painful, painful experience, but The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian was truly delightful. Delightful feels like the wrong word to use here, because the story is something of an emotional roller coaster. Nevertheless, it is well-written with an unforgettable narrator, and for that reason, it’s something that young adults should be reading. Continue reading “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie”

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”

The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe

The End of Your Life Book Club is a memoir of Will Schwalbe’s relationship with his mother in her final two years of life. Mary Anne Schwalbe is dying pancreatic cancer. During the time Will spends with her in various waiting rooms, the two create a book club of sorts to reconnect over a love of reading that they have shared since Will’s childhood. Continue reading “The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe”