I've been doing a lot of listening lately- to audio books that is....I journeyed down the Young Adult aisle and happened upon some really great stuff.
This is the story of Alice Bliss. A coming of age story told through the eyes of a 15 year old girl whose father has just been sent to Iraq. She's at a crossroads with wanting and needing her mother who is emotionally unavailable due to her own issues in dealing with her husband being gone. Throw in your first love and finding support where you least expect it- and you have Alice and her small town. This story made me anxious, as I felt the utter loss and helplessness one would feel when their loved one is sent off to war. I cried right along with each and every member of Alice's family.
I would not recommend this novel for the younger teen set, due to some of the adult themed story lines- but if your young teen is emotionally mature, have them give Alice Bliss a try. For that matter, your adult self should, as well.
Fifteen year old Carly has grown up in a family of wealth and privilege. She has always tried to remain the grounded one among her friends at her private school. Her sister has also been her biggest supporter and confidante. Then over a course of the summer, younger sister, Anna grows breasts and becomes the most popular girl on campus. How do Carly and Anna handle one another's changes- especially when you throw some boys in the mix? These are questions the girls must handle among other high school stresses.
Author Lauren Myracle has written many other young adult novels, including the tween set- "Eleven," "Twelve," "Thirteen," and "Thirteen Plus One." This book would be totally perfect for the Junior High reader. It does deal with peer pressure, puberty, friendships and family. It was an enjoyable "listen" as the narrator was perfect for this age group.
Youngest is a big fan of this author. I often struggle with if the subject matter is appropriate for the junior high set. Although most of Sarah Dessen's stories are about high school age themes, they are written in an appropriate matter and never stray too far. Honestly, I loved this story.
Maclean is a girl who is still struggling with her parent's divorce. She lives with her dad who is a restaurant consultant and they move around, a lot. Maclean loves to reinvent herself with each move, until she finds herself in a place that she thinks she'd like to stay. Maclean is an endearing character. The love she has for her dad is heart warming and although you want to be mad right along with Maclean at her mother, you root for them.
All three of these authors- I would personally read/listen to again. It was a nice diversion from my usual audio choices. However, next up- an epic journey is about to begin for me as I start book one of the Ken Follet Trilogy-
I'm actually quite excited to begin this series. I've been resisting starting since the other two novels aren't out yet and I have hard time with waiting ...especially when it comes to books. But, once I saw this on the shelf at the library, I knew I had to snatch it up. I'll let you know what I think, once I'm finished. I'm sure I won't be disappointed. As you know, Pillars and the sequel still rank on my all time favorite novels list.
That's what's been playing in my ear- have any of you been listening to anything I should check out? What about reading? Share with me people, I feel out of the loop. Glad to be back with you.