If you recall, I read E. Lockhart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks a few months previously. I found her writing to be enjoyable and have been in the process of reviewing more of her books.
Overall, I think E. Lockhart has a gift with creating female characters that teens can relate to. They just seem to take on a life of their own and narrate their stories through sheer force of will and spunk. Here’s her older titles that I was able to read. If you liked Frankie or love contemporary fiction, don’t miss out on reading at least one of these!
The Boyfriend List
15 year old Ruby Oliver’s life has become an enormous mess. Her best friends aren’t speaking to her, her boyfriend dumped her, her carpool ride ditched her, her school views her as a leper–and a slut, and she’s having panic attacks and seeing a therapist. To deal with her problems (and part of her therapist’s requirement), she makes the Boyfriend List, naming any and all boys she’s ever had any links to romantically, whether crushes or rumors or real connections. Ruby discovers that while part of her problem was not knowing how to deal with relationships with boys, only she can untangle the mess. And it’s not an easy road to redemption, folks.
Note: Contains sexual references. Younger readers be warned.
Ruby Oliver’s juicy romantic entanglements continue in The Boy Book, A Treasure Map of Boys, and Real Live Boyfriends.
Gretchen Yee is tired of being confused by boys. She doesn’t know what happened between her and her last boyfriend, she can’t figure out how to take things to another level with her crush, and she certainly doesn’t understand her parents’ dysfunctional divorce. However, when she wishes to be a fly on the wall of the boys’ locker room just to listen to the things they say and maybe understand better, she doesn’t actually believe it would come true. Gretch’s week as a fly shows her the true nature of her peers’ relationships and makes her brave to be herself. Perhaps being a fly can give you superpowers…
Note: Contains heavy references to physical sexual characteristics that may be unsuitable to younger readers. Strong language is also used.
Sarah and her “destined for greatness” friend Demi are accepted to Wildewood, a prestigious theater performance school for their summer program. Sarah shakes off her identity to stand out and be “Sadye” (Sadie) so she can find out her star potential. But theater school is full of wanna-be stars and Sadye has her hands full trying to navigate all the drama, especially that centered around her roommates and Demi. As she records their summer together and the fast-paced whirlwind that is the performing arts, Sadye learns the truth about her own talent as well as how she wants to fit in the subjective and roller-coaster world of dramatic theater.
Note: Contains heavy references to homosexuality.
A word: I’ve not been posting recently because I’ve been acquiring a slew of odd titles. Rather than post them one by one, I chose to group a few together. Also, I’ve had an itch to read a few of my old favorites (In case you didn’t know, my personal library largely operates on the idea that I must adopt beloved books as orphaned children…poor things were feeling a bit abandoned). However, it is March and that means some new and/or great books are coming out! 😄 (Requiem, The Runaway King, Clockwork Princess, anybody?)