Monday, June 10, 2013
Reading Roundup Plus a Bookish Question For You
Some people say that they do most of their reading during the summer. Not true for me. I read every day. It's kind of like how I wind down at the end of a day, although sometimes that "wind down" can go into the wee hours when I can't put a book down. Did it with these:
1) Manicpixiedreamgirl by Tom Leveen. This is, quite frankly, how I love my YA. Quirky characters. Lots of inner angst. Voices that can be sad and genuine and hilarious at the same time. This is a story about a boy who lusts after that high school girl that he can't have. When he finally gets a chance to be with her, things don't go exactly as planned. I loved this story. I almost passed on it because of the cover--which, I know, is totally a wrong reason to not read a book. But, yeah. Glad I didn't pass it up. I loved it. Side note, he's also from Arizona so, of course, I heart him more. :)
2) Dare You To by Katie McGarry. If you like your YA hot, steamy, and rollercoastery, this one's for you. An excellent companion novel to Katie's 2012 hit, Pushing the Limits. This one doesn't disappoint. Loved it.
3) The Blonde of the Joke by Bennett Madison. I believe I've found a new favorite author in Bennett Madison. He writes quirky YA characters. This story is about two girls who bond over shoplifting. I know--very strange. But strange in a good way. How can you care about two girls who like to steal? You do. I'm looking forward to reading his latest, September Girls which has gotten excellent industry reviews, although not-so-great reader reviews which means I'll probably love it. I love it when a writer takes risks with odd plots and settings and even creates unlikable characters through great writing.
Which begs the question: Can you dislike a main character in a book but still love the book?