Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Exciting News

So, thanks to this lovely lil' blog here 
I get to read and review the forthcoming novel Fade to Blue 

I know you will be eagerly awaiting this, 
so while I lounge poolside in California 
I will make sure to get my read on. 

In the meantime, check out his website
there is a really cool NAME MY NEXT BOOK CONTEST 
that I'm sure one of my clever colleagues can win!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Us v Them Again

Another article discussing the abundance of gruesome and depressing topics in Young Adult literature...why do adults (who publish and read J.M. Coetzee, Jodi Picoult, Chuck Palahniuk, Toni Morrison and the like) continuously seem surprised that teenagers look to literature for the same reasons they do; entertainment, education, catharsis, provocation.  Why do so many adults need there to be such a separation between adult and young adult fiction? In the 1930's Melvin B Tolson wrote, "Somebody has to black hisself/ For somebody else to stay white." Perhaps it is this same perverse logic that drives the adult need to see teenagers as distinctly different so as to make their adultness seem more precious and profound.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Book Review

Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
4 scoops

Knowledge is Power

Books matter. If you need further proof, read this.