This year, ALA’s Teen Read Week is October 13-19! Of course, I like to think that teens read every week, but sure, let’s take this week in particular to celebrate teens reading! *throws confetti* (Note: if you throw confetti in the library please pick it up afterward, out of respect for our maintenance staff.) You can vote for ALA’s Teens’ Top Ten through October 19th.
In the meantime, here are the books New Albany-Floyd County Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board chose as their favorites. They’re currently on display in the Teen Scene. Check them out! You might find a new favorite.
Teen Read Week Display
OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu. New York : Simon Pulse, 2013. Copy provided by my local library.
You know how they say not to judge a book by its cover? Well, I’m definitely guilty–I only picked up OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu because the cover caught my eye. Honestly, I was expecting to be a bit annoyed by it. One of my pet peeves is when people use “OCD” when they really just mean “I clean my room.”
Well, Bea, the protagonist of OCD Love Story, doesn’t want to be called OCD either. Sure, she’s a bit quirky, but she doesn’t belong in Dr. Pat’s support group for teens with OCD. Those kids are crazy, like Jenny who’s pulled almost all of her hair out, and her boyfriend Beck who works out for hours at a time and whose skin is rubbed raw from washing it so much. It’s not OCD if she drives carefully, right? Even if she can only bring herself to drive thirty miles per hour, max? Even if she has to keep doubling back to make sure she didn’t hit anything?
Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. Copy provided by my local library.
Sometimes I read criticisms of YA fiction that complain that “teens don’t really talk like that.” So what? I ask. How many adult fiction books have adults who talk like regular adults? Characters in books can be more real–sharper, funnier, more honest–than people who are just out walking in the world. Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos is the realistic, moving, and very funny story of James Whitman, a 16-year-old who loves the poet Walt Whitman, hates his dad, and frequently consults with his imaginary therapist, Dr. Bird. Who is a bird.
Pigeons strike me as good listeners–they discern the voices of mates over the cacophony of the natural world. They move the right way too. A pigeon’s head-tilts suggest the kinds of things that I imagine therapists say: “Really?” or “How did that feel?” or “Tell me more.” Plus: one intense, glassy black eye staring at me, the neck-bob of agreement, the puffing of feathers when I’m being evasive.
This month in the Teen Scene. we’re displaying some books that either were recently made into movies or will soon be made into movies. You should read them, because it’s fun to smugly say to people “Oh, I liked the movie, but the book was better.” Everyone loves to hang out with people who say that!
(Film links go to IMBD, the Internet Movie Database.)
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