Teen Read '09 Books

  • The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary Pearson The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, by E. Lockhart Evernight, by Claudia Gray Graceling, by Kristin CashoreThe Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman Home of the Brave, by Katherine Applegate The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins Impossible, by Nancy Werlin The Inkheart Trilogy, by Cornelia Funke Jellicoe Road, by Melina Marchetta The Knife of Never Letting Go, by Patrick Ness Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow Nation, by Terry Pratchett Paper Towns, by John Green Savvy, by Ingrid Law What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell

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07/21/2009

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At the beginning, I was not thrilled with the twists and turns and admit I was confused but something kept me reading (I'm still trying to figure out what that something was, since I didn't love any of the characters). WOW I'm glad I did! I actually bought this book for full price--which I never do because as soon as I finished, I needed to own it! I hope more people talk about this book

I got sucked in by Taylor's authentic voice. I did have to reread a few bits to make sure I remembered who was whom and what happened in the past and present. What a cool, twisted together story. What a brave and honest young woman Taylor is. What actions might you be taking right now that could impact the rest of YOUR life?

In the beginning, I was not thoroughly enjoying this book because I thought it was confusing and lacked focus, but boy was I wrong!!! The author does a wonderful job of intertwining Jellicoe Road's past and present into two wonderful stories of two groups of friends. Taylor's weaknesses only end up making her seem stronger in the end. Jellicoe Road is a great read!

I've run into some other adults and a few teens who have picked up this book. I encourage them to keep reading if they don't get hooked at first.

Yes its a really complex mystery at first with a tremendous payoff.
If you have the patience to "untie all the knots." I don't buy very many books (occupational symptom of working at a library) but I had to own this one. I am still trying to figure out my feelings toward Taylor's mother. Part of me is angry that she allowed the tragedy to terribly impact so many lives and to endanger and harden Taylor at a tender age and part of me feel as though her personality had a kind of avalanche after the last tragedy and she tried to keep Taylor as safe as possible in her deeply flawed way.
It made me think about how certain patterns arise and repeat themselves in life, sometimes between generations---maybe sometimes we get do overs until we get it right!

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