Great Reads for Young Adults
By Jillian Bietz
2009 may only be halfway over, but the year has been chockfull of great young adult reads. Here is only a small sampling of the best books 2009 has offered-so far!
Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading by Lizzie Skurnick
We all have a compilation of our favorite books from years ago that we refuse to give up no matter how many covers fall off, how many pages yellow and rip or how many years we age. And Shelf Discovery is just that for Lizzie Skurnick. Through a selection of nostalgic essays, she takes readers on a trip down memory lane as she chronicles the life lessons learned through the novels of yesteryear. From the books of childhood to the teenage years and beyond, Skurnick reiterates how literature helped shape her and so many other young girls from awkward teens to self-assured adults.
Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten
Two years prior, Ellie's beloved big sister Nina disappeared. Although everyone else has retired the notion of ever finding Nina, a now sixteen-year-old Ellie can't move on without discovering the truth; she can't bear to think that Nina could be dead and constantly searches for the answers to no avail; even her best friend is getting sick of her constant, dead end detective skills. After discovering a strange painting of Nina's, Ellie and Sean, a mysterious boy she'd met only a few days prior conspire a cross-country road trip filled with mystery, romance, murder and surprise.
Bad Girls Don't Die by Katie Alendar
Pink-haired Alexis Warren doesn't fit in at school. Though she's confident in her anti-conformity, sardonic demeanor, she's constantly getting into trouble and her only friend is preoccupied with being a cheerleader. And life at home isn't much better. Alexis's parents don't get along and her little sister Kasey is bizarrely obsessed with dolls. Alexis seeks solace in photographing her century-old Victorian house until a series of oddities occur. Appliances turn themselves on and off; doors slam on their own. But Alexis starts to worry when Kasey starts acting strangely. Her eyes morph color and the changes in her personality are way more dramatic than the average moody middle-schooler. However, she has no recollection of her strange behaviors and complains of missing chunks of time. But as the oddities become life threatening, Alexis must find a way to get through to Kasey; if it's still her, that is.
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Jillian Bietz, Teen columnist, enjoys reading, creative writing, acting and cooking.
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