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”

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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

If I Stay is the latest in Young Adult trilogies to be made into film franchises. At least I’m assuming that’s the plan, as the first installment is slated to hit theaters Friday. Unlike its more supernatural counterparts, Gayle Forman’s novel lacks any mythological creatures, but never fear:she more than overcompensates for it with an obscenely sappy depiction of teenage existence. Continue reading “If I Stay by Gayle Forman”

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”

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”