I had a chance to read A LOT of books in May. Much more than usual. Which means I had to sacrifice a few things. And you know what? I don't even feel guilty. So which book in my heaping "read and conquered" pile would I say is the absolute BEST? None other than Looking for Alaska by John Green.
That's right. I've jumped on the John Green Love Machine and I'm never getting off. I'm already making plans to read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and An Abundance of Katherines. Soon, my preciouses, soon.
So, what do I love so much about Alaska? How about EVERYTHING! I love books that can make me laugh aloud, and then make me blubber like a baby. It was like I was going through a roller coaster of emotions while reading this book. Green writes about average teenagers (or above average, since those who have read Alaska know that The Colonel is a genius), yet provides characteristics that make them both unique and familiar. It's like we've all met someone like Pudge before, and that's why we're so willing to follow his journey.
What's even cooler is that Green doesn't add any supernatural elements to make this book enjoyable. Not that I have anything against the supernatural (I'm currently reading The Forest of Hands and Teeth and it's definitely a page-turner), but realistic YA is what I love to write. And it warms my heart to know that there's still an audience for it. But most of all, this book challenges me to be a better writer. If you want to write realistic, contemporary YA, you have to make sure your readers care--and I just can't stop swooning over this novel. But I have to because Marquita wants to share her fave book. :)
Wow-how can I follow that? WITH THIS!
Are you intrigued yet?? Good. I didn't get to read that much this month b/c I've been trying to close out the school year with SOL testing review, and because I am trying to write my second WIP (40 some pages in yeah boy!) BUT, I am more than halfway through my guilty pleasure novel- Dead in the Family (Sooke Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris.
Even if I had finished the Sookie book, I would still say my fave book in May was Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver. I like Stiefvater a lot- not only does she take up residence in me and Pam's hometown, VA (two up- two down!), but she also uses music while writing and in her writing.
Shiver is a supernatural thriller/romance that focuses on Sam and Grace's tumultous relationship- oh, did I mention that Sam is a wolf (werewolf is a debatable term in his opinion)??? I liked Shiver because the relationship between the two characters is beautiful, the dialogue is realistic, and I really enjoyed the alternating chapters- one would be in Grace's POV and then another would be in Sam's POV. It kept me on my toes and helped to move the action of the novel along. If you have not read Shiver go and buy/borrow it today- that way you can be ready to read Linger (coming out July 20th, 2010)
BTW- remember that contest we told you about on Monday?? We'll stop teasing you tomorrow- make sure you come back to check it out!