My Young Adult Reading Project (YARP) has started. I’ve read five books so far with varying results. And then I read four more for fun that are continuations of series or re-reads.
Anna and the French Kiss (Stephanie Perkins): Recommended by Beth. Solid teen romance book. I liked the lesson Anna learned in the end. I also liked how the guy was far from perfect, and she knew it and drew lines. And when those lines broke, she knew whose fault it was. Still, atrocious title.
Feed (M.T. Anderson): Recommended by Beth. Dystopian novel that sounds frighteningly plausible where everyone is jacked into the internet and corporations have taken over the world. They have access to your thoughts and bombard you with ads to buy their goods, twisting reality. One girl tries to rebel and pays the price while her boyfriend watches, disinterestedly, too caught up in the Feed, realizing too late what the cost is. A disturbing novel. Probably where our planet will be in a couple of decades. Depressed me (although it was still a good read).
Impossible (Nancy Werlin): Urban fantasy where a curse haunts a family, passed down from mother to daughter. Lucy is the latest young woman to fall victim to the curse, but she is determined to be the one to finally break it with the support of her family and true love. However the tasks presented to her are seemingly impossible, as they are the tasks from the folk ballad, Scarborough Fair. A decent read, although… I didn’t like the bad guy. I mean, duh, of course not, but he seemed a little flat.
The Giver (Lois Lowry): Recommended by Alyse. First of a series. Dystopian novel set up like a utopia, but you know there’s something dark moving under the surface. Everything thrives on Sameness, no variety, no color. Only the Giver knows of different things. I really liked this book. It was creepy, waiting for the world to show its hand, and even though I kinda guessed what was coming, it was still so twisted and wretched, I was still horrified. I liked it so much, I read the next two books in the series, Gathering Blue and Messenger, which aren’t sequels, really, but companions, set in the same world, but different villages with some crossover. All of the villages seem ok to begin with, but they all have some sort of darkness to them. A fourth book, Son, comes out this year, almost 20 years after the first was written!
The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Carrie Ryan): Recommended by Beth. Postapocalyptic novel where a small village of humans have a daily fight to keep the Unconsecrated (zombies) out of their village. This was the first failure. I hated this book. I hated the characters. It felt like nothing they did made sense, and they were too passive, and the main character was obsessed with reaching the ocean because of a story her mom told her, which just annoyed me because it would override any other sense she had. I also didn’t like her romance as it felt like it went from casual crush to burning consuming passion and there was no build up. All of the emotions were screwy. Eh.
And then I reread Dairy Queen (Catherine Gilbert Murdock) and its sequel, The Off Season, which I still really liked (although the sequel may not go the way Beth wants, so I’m unsure whether to recommend it to her or not; she did really like DQ a lot.). I didn’t realize it was a trilogy and now have the third book, Front and Center on its way to me. DJ is an awesome protagonist, a big girl, 6′ and muscled from working at the family dairy farm every day, and an awkward jock. I like her and her family, even if they don’t get her all the time, or seem to take her for granted. Her relationship with the quarterback from the rival school is marvelously complicated. I’m hoping the third book doesn’t let me down.
Currently reading: Revolution (Jennifer Donnelly). This one’s monstrous (in size). Enjoying it so far. Waiting to see when the second story comes into play.