With the beginning of every school year and the coming of fall, I get the urge to turn over a new leaf and start something original. As a youth services librarian and avid reader of young adult books, I thought, what better way to satisfy the reader and creator in me than to produce a teen book review blog?
To that end, you are reading the very first post of the Fauquier library’s teen blog. Read on for reviews of young adult books and information about programs just for students in the 6th grade and up.
As you can see, this blog is missing one very important detail…a title! That’s where you come in. We need your help to choose a unique and fitting name for our blog. Will it be Book Thirst? Reading Riot? Teen Shelf? Or something totally awesome that you’ve submitted? Click on the choices in our poll to the right or submit your own suggestion between now and October 15.
Here at the library, we are currently promoting the Teens’ Top Ten, a “teen’s choice” list where you vote for your favorite books of the year. Click here to see the list and vote for your favs.
And finally, if you’re looking for a cool activity that will earn you some community service hours, consider joining one of our Teen Advisory Groups. TAG is a great way to make new friends and plan library activities just for teens!
This Month's Featured Book Review
There are 28 titles on the Teens’ Top Ten nominations list and I’m still making my way through some really good stories. One of my favorites is Every Day by David Levithan.
Since the day he was born, A wakes up in a different body…every single day. Boy, girl, druggy, geek, there’s never a reason or warning as to who he will be. A has survived this life, stumbling through each day as a new person until, at age 16, he falls in love for the first time. Now, all A wants to do is get back to Rhiannon and make her believe his incredible story. But one of his hosts, believing he’s possessed, catches on to A’s intrusion and things start to unravel. Trying to escape, A body-hops from person to person, always looking for ways to get back to Rhiannon.
Every Day adds a supernatural twist to an otherwise realistic high school fiction story. Each chapter introduces a new character that A inhabits from the disturbed girl on the verge of suicide to the homeschooled boy under the control of a merciless mother and everything in between. You’ll keep turning pages just to find out who A will be next and how he will get out of each crisis as his life spirals out of control. Author Levithan truly has his finger on the teen pulse, speaking to the fact that each teen is unique, struggling to find his identity and searching for acceptance for who she is.
Ann @ Bealeton
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