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Subject: May/June genre discussion is teen and young adult
Date Posted: 5/18/2012 2:54 AM ET
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So if you have been planning to read Twiglight, The Hunger Games or Harry Potter now is the time.

Date Posted: 5/18/2012 10:08 AM ET
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I read the whole Twilight series, just because I wanted to know what all the hoopla was about.  Geez, I wanted to slap Bella so many times!!  By the time I got to the third and last book, I really didn't care, but read it anyway just to find out how it would end.  The mooney-eyed, teen-age love angst was just way too boring.

Other than Harry Potter, those are the only YAs I have read recently.

Now if we want to discuss Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, or Cherry Ames series from long ago, I loved those.  Problem is I am too old to really remember them other than those three were my favorites.  I can't believe I sold all my hardback copies in garage sales.

 

Date Posted: 5/18/2012 1:36 PM ET
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right now I am reading The Uglies by Scott Westerfield

and Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer both are YA and I am enjoying them both so far

Date Posted: 5/18/2012 5:42 PM ET
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I haven't read any YA lately. I started Harry Potter once and never finished. I might try City of Bones or Vampire Diaries. Vampire Diaries is so much better than Twilight. Of course I'd have to beg them from my DD.

When I was younger, I remember reading every Black Stallion book there was. No Nancy Drew or Trixie Belden for me.

Date Posted: 5/19/2012 12:17 AM ET
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I'm not really prejudiced against ya I do read it pretty often but the three I mentioned are not ones I want to read or finish. I read Hunger Games and thought it was just so so, Twighlight just isn't my thing and Potter couldn't hold my attention. I have the first book in the Mortal Instruments series on le tbr so ill I'll probably read it for this discussion. When I'm on my computer I'll take a look at my list of reviews, I know there are several ya books in there that I can mention.
Date Posted: 5/21/2012 7:43 AM ET
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So YA/teen books that I've enjoyed, first off there is Cathy's Book it's an interesting interactive book with clues and phone numbers to call in order to solve a mystery, I enjoyed it a good bit. The Courtesan's Daughter was one I picked up without realizing it was considered a teen read, I enjoyed it a good bit and I think anyone who is a fan of ancient historical fiction would enjoy it as well. There is a series of books based on The Blair Witch that I've found enjoyable, it starts of with The Witch's Daughter but I think I read them out of order. I Never Promised You a Rose Garden was probably not intended as a young adult read but it is about a young schizophrenic girl and I think older teens would appreciate it, I'm also pretty sure it is autobiographical but I may be wrong on that point. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children was pretty awesome, the vintage photos made that book what it is and if you get a chance give it a read. Thirteen Reasons Why is probably one of the best teen books I've read, it's about a girls decision to commit suicide, it will make you think about the things you take for granted in life.

Yes they are in alphabetical order because that's how I roll, and because I went through my reviews to remember the titles.

btw I'll probably read far less in this genre now that my niece is 21, has her own account here and screens her own reading. Most of these books were on my tbr because I got them for her and she gave them back to me to post here to get her more books lol.



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Date Posted: 5/21/2012 10:30 AM ET
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I loved Hary Potter, and I read Twilight just because my daughter had it laying around here.   I really have no desire to read Hunger Games because I don't want to read about kids fighting for food.   I find YA a nice alternative to graphic horror, but I don't read too much.   I have said this a zillion times,  I read slow, I blame that on nursing school where I read for details and tried to remember everything I read.    I am only on about page one hundred of The Historian so I really should NOT be here on PBS.   I'm hoping to read a lot over the three day weekend.

Date Posted: 5/21/2012 3:00 PM ET
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I'm not a particularly fast reader, I'm lucky if I hit 150 w/m I do read faster if I enjoy what I'm reading.
Date Posted: 5/21/2012 9:09 PM ET
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"Warhorse" is YA right? This may be my chance to finish it up. Last month, I read Sherman Alexie's "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian" which was an enjoyable but not sugar-coated read.



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Date Posted: 5/22/2012 5:47 PM ET
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Chris, I read I Never Promised You a Rose Garden when I was in high school several times!!  Some of that book's imagery stuck in my mind for years.  I think it was an influence on my decision to study abnormal psychology in college the first time I went.  As I am sitting here, I can still remember the final scenes with the Collect screaming at her in her mind, and I haven't had that book in my hands in a lot of years.  Might have to get it and read it again.  Thanks for mentioning it!

Date Posted: 5/23/2012 8:47 PM ET
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Your welcome Carole, we should stick it on the list for next month or on the one after that, it would be a good quick read with plenty to talk about after we read it.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 7:04 AM ET
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Clue me in, when are we planning to start discussing YA? I was on the fence (ahem, intimidated0 about starting The Historian, but a YA novel could be just the thing get me warmed up for it.

Date Posted: 5/24/2012 7:38 AM ET
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You can read any book in the genre and discuss it at any time, no spoilers though. The point is to read a book from the genre and use it as a spring board to discuss the genre as a whole.
Date Posted: 5/24/2012 10:36 AM ET
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I just read the first book of the Orson Scott Card series: Pathfinder.

Like Ender's game it is labeled as Young Adult, but only the first Ender book was young adult.  I believe the other Ender and Bean (Shadow) books were much too political and sophisticated to hold a teenager attention. But I really loved all the books of the Ender series.

Pathfinder is a really good story (story within  a story) about space colonization, super-human computers and time travel. Unfortunately the second book in the series will not come out until October of this year.

I also liked Magic Street by Orson Scott Card, a YA novel, about Shakespeare's Midsummer Night Dream played out in an Afro-American middle-class suburb of Los Angeles.

Another Young Adult series I really loved was Philpp Pullman's ' His Dark Materials' series.  This one is on my keeper shelf, because I will re-read it.

I will never do Twilight, just because I liked Stephen King's 'Salems Lot', S.E. Hinson's  'Hawkes Harbor' and Richard Matheson's  'I am Legend'.  Now these are vampire stories I like and probably Twilight will not even come close.

But who knows, once I am retired and have more time to read, I may pick up Harry Potter and see what it is like.

Now my husband loves Young Adult Fantasy: The complete Eragon cyclye by Paolini and a German Fantasy Author Wolfgang Hohlbein.

We got roped into Young Adult when our son started reading Wolfgang Hohlbein and the stories blew us away. It turned him into an avid reader, gave him imagination and good verbal skills.   Unfortunately it also turned him on to Dungeons and Dragons in the 9th grade and he actually flunked the school year because that is all he did.  And just like my husband, my son became a fanatic videogame player.  So there may be a downside to it. 



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Date Posted: 5/25/2012 7:05 PM ET
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Yeah Jerry I totally get where you're coming from with vampires. I can't get into pretty sissy lala boys as vampires. Even if they are sexy a vampire is supposed to be a monster, they are supposed to be frightening not pretty.