getting caught up on book reviews. i allow myself two sentences: one for summary and one for my review.
Young Adult Fiction
That’s Not a Feeling, by Dan Josefson
a teenage boy is sent to a residential school for troubled teens, where the strange systems and burned-out staff do little to help him. good characters and a unique setting, but it would have been nice if one or two of the adults weren’t idiots.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story, by Ned Vizzini
post-suicide attempt, a high school boy learns about himself while spending a week in an adult psych ward. insightful and honest, a rare gem of a book for teenage readers.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
fantasy about a boarding school for strangely gifted children who exist in some sort of parallel space. fun and quirky reading, even though it’s not particularly life-changing.
Notes from the Blender, by Trish Cook and Brendan Halpin
a metalhead outsider and a popular girl become step-siblings. surprising mediocrity from one of my previously favorite authors (halpin, when he wrote adult fiction). *note: a church youth group factors in, though.
Colin Fischer, by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
a high school boy with asburger’s syndrome finds his way through being mainstreamed in a public school, while using his unique thinking to solve a crime. one of the best young adult fiction books i’ve read in a couple years (i would give this to any teenager who reads).
Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
the gentle and believable love story of two teenage misfits. i don’t know that i’ve ever read a teenage love story with such insight into the world of teenagers.