The sickness – The crud is going around and I got my share last weekend. I missed a day of school, reluctantly, to get better. I hate, sometimes, that I have so much going on at school (leadership class stuff) that I don’t feel like I can stay home to take care of myself! Alas, I stayed home anyway, and am finally back to 100%. 🙂
The surprise awesome read – I gave 4.5 of 5 stars to Sarah Trejay’s Love and Leftovers, a YA contemporary fiction written in verse. LOVED it. I think a lot of my appreciation from the novel stemmed from thinking I could never like (let alone LOVE) a book in poetry, but alas, I did. 🙂
The dark side – So I’ve read a couple of manuscripts the last couple weeks and they’ve been super dark! I have read about teen pregnancy, rape, sex-for-drugs scandals, runaways, cutting, physically abusive parents, suicide, and your run of the mill teenaged drinking and drug use. As a teacher I’ve definitely seen and heard about these issues truly impacting teens but this string of manuscripts has been a little Debbie Downer overwhelming to me! I’m a pretty positive-every-cloud-has-a-silver-lining kind of person and even though I know literature should suspend me from that reality I guess being hit over the head with drama isn’t entertaining to me. What do you think–is dark YA on its way?
The Twilight saga – Ah, I finally watched all the movies! I was holding out to read the books first (as a book snob, it’s only right!) but caved in this weekend while I was sick and home alone. With all the hoopla surrounding the Breaking Dawn Part 1 release, and knowing what I know about the plot from some friends, I was intrigued. I now know I’m not really a Kristen Stewart fan, and I can’t even really get on board with R Patt. I just don’t do forlorn or teenaged angst very well. 🙂 I don’t think I ever could have been a Twilight fangirl and I am definitely not now, but glad to at least be able to know what people are talking about when they reference the series. PS I take no issue with sparkling vamps–I LOVE glitter. 😉
The YA Book Club – I’m joining a book club (and you can, too)! Tracey Neithercott hosts a YA Book Club and it’s very easy to participate. On February 24th I’ll be posting my thoughts about The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.