Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Keeping You a Secret

Going through the stack of new books I've received in the Teen Zone, I decided to read Keeping You a Secret by Julie Anne Peters. This book was pretty intense since it focused on a topic I haven't read much in fiction (or non-fiction, for that matter.)

When Holland meets Cece, she feels something stirring that she didn't expect. Even though she has a steady boyfriend, Holland really cares about Cece who is an out and proud lesbian. Throughout most of the book you read about the ups and downs of high school life for a smart, college-bound, student council president but when Holland's family finds out she is gay, her whole carefully planned life veers way off course.

This book is well-written and the voices of the teen characters ring true. The author has also written two other books, Luna, about a transgendered boy, and Define Normal. If you have a chance to read something by Julie Anne Peters, let me know what you think!

Monday, September 13, 2004

Head Games

Someone just asked what the second great book I read last weekend was ... it was Head Games by Mariah Fredericks. While reading for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award committee last year, I read and enjoyed her first book, The True Meaning of Cleavage so I was eager to read another one of hers.

This time the character is immersed in a role playing game online in order to fill her time she used to spend with her best friend who suddenly won't talk to her. Then she realizes someone else playing the game knows her and she wants to find out who it is!

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Head Games

Since I volunteered to read for the Rhode Island Teen Book Award Committee again, I spent the weekend reading two great books. The first one I read was Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini. I read the first book he wrote which was true stories about his high school adventures. This time out Vizzini wrote, what I think, is a great novel with real characters, one of whom experiences something sort of unbelievable. The main character swallows a pill, called a squip, which teaches him to be cool. With the squip in his system he goes to parties, makes out with girls and aces a test without studying. Of course there is a down side to the squip but I'm not going to reveal the ending, of course.

Aside from this unbelievable twist, I think the dialogue and characters were very good. If you're looking for something different, try this one!