I’m almost done with Jessi Klein’s You’ll Grow Out Of It, which I’ve enjoyed. She’s really funny—especially when she writes about how she got engaged and the drama of finding a wedding dress.
Next on my pile is Kim Zarins’, a fellow fall YA 2016 debut-er, Sometimes We Tell The Truth, which is a retelling of the Canterbury Tales from the point of view of six teens on a bus who each tell a story hoping to get a perfect score.
I’ve head great things about Yan Gyasi’s Homegoing, which takes place in West Africa and various cities in the United States. I love that I can pick up a book like Gyasi’s and instantly be transported, from rural NH, to Ghana.
I’ve read Harriet the Spy a zillion times because I think Harriet is one of the best characters in children’s literature. I’m always inspired by the way Louise Fitzhugh sets the pace and tone of the book.
I read Emma Cline’s The Girls over the summer and enjoyed it although every time I think about it, I think about Russell and get the creeps.
I’m planning to reread Rene Steinke’s Friendswood because I’ll be in NYC when she’s giving a reading later this fall. In the same way that Homegoing takes me from New Hampshire to Ghana, Friendswood brought into the heart of a Texas town that’s so different from what I know. Friendswood is full of football games, oil rigs, hurricanes and the way the course of history can be altered for so many by the actions of just a few.
I’ve been meaning to read Jo Knowles forever–she’s a local VT writer and I’ve heard terrific things about See You At Harry’s. I think anyone who has characters named Random and Fern is totally worth reading. Plus, I think it’s a neat coincidence that The Movie Version also has four siblings whose parents who run a restaurant.
A friend raved about Esther Ehrlich’s Nes, which I’m excited to read because it’s about how illness can changes a family. Also it’s set in 1972, which for some reason makes me happy.
I went and got Shaun David Hutchinson’s We Are The Ants as soon as I read that it was about a gay teen scientist who has to choose whether or not to save humanity. That’s a book I just need to read.