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I just finished reading "How I Live Now" by Meg Rosoff and I had a hard time thinking it was okay for my 14 yr old son to read this book. Maybe I live too sheltered a life, but I had a hard time imagining a kid having to live through these situations anytime soon. (The book was written in 3 months just before the invasion of Iraq).
The book is well written and I enjoyed the humor of the teenage narrator in response to some of the awful things that happened in this book, but some of those situations still haunt me.
Here's a link to an interview with Meg. She had just found out she had breast cancer 6 months after her book was published. Lots of interesting info about creating the book and why it appeals to adults. www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/article390829.ece
Any other YA books you know of that are cross-over reads?