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The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
For more tough teens and tearaways, stay gold with these…
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier for mob rule and secret societies at a boys Catholic school
Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick for gangs and unlikely partnerships
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger for the original outsider
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelson for a troubled teen sent to live in isolation on an Alaskan island
Would add “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” by Ned Vizzini to this list.
I am definitely 100% writing. Here’s my outline for the climax so far.
Author, Tammar Stein, will be doing an interview with us on Friday. Since her latest, Spoils takes place when its main character is attending classes at the local community college, we thought it was a perfect time to shout out to more books where the protagonists are done with their high school halls and working towards the next thing.
Take a look into the future with this top 5 (and check out the first post we did on this topic here)
EB and Lauren are about to start college at Berkeley in the fall. They don’t know each other when the summer starts, but when EB gets her room assignment and her new roomie’s contact info, she can’t wait to get in touch with Lauren and start befriending her ASAP.
This book captures the limbo of the summer between the end of high school and the beginning of college. How do you say goodbye to people you’ve hung out with practically every day? Is it worth it to start dating someone when you will be separated in a few weeks? How will your home be different without you?
Something Like Normal by Trish Doller (see more posts)
Travis is a Marine, just back from Afghanistan and dealing with the fact that a bunk with 20 guys near by feels a lot more like home than his quiet house with his parents and brother. On top of that, Travis is dealing with a girlfriend who dumped him while he was deployed and a funeral that he has to attend for his best friend who was killed in action. What does it say about his life that the current bright spots are hanging out with a girl who used to hate his guts and the idea of heading back to a sandy dessert on the other side of the planet?
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour (see more posts)
One band + one road trip + one incredible soundtrack + one confused roadie/manager = a recipe for one of my favorite books of the year. Colby and his friends, The Disenchantments, who belong to the worst girl group on the West Coast, are embarking on their first and probably only tour. The book is full of the adventures, camaraderie and infighting that only happens when you’re cooped up in a VW Van for long hours day after day.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (see our posts)
Cath thought that college would be pretty similar to high school: going to classes, sharing a room with her twin sister and writing fanfiction for the Simon Snow series. But her sister is uninterested in continuing on this way, she wants to try life as a single, not a pair. So suddenly Cath is meeting an unknown roommate and facing the campus alone. When her English professor dismisses fanfiction outright, it feels to Cath like her old life is being razzed to the ground. Fangirl is the charming, poignant and romantic story about what she finds when the ashes have cooled.
The Piper’s Son, Melina Marchetta (see our posts)
After his favorite uncle’s sudden death, Tom watches his family implode, drops out of college, and turns his back on music and everyone who matters. The road to redemption is long for Tom, but he finds himself back in the company of the girls who had once been the center of his world, and with their help as well as the support of some new faces, Tom tackles the daunting task of putting back together his broken family… with plenty of music and laughter and love to balance out the heartache.
And thus, a strong argument for spell-check.
Although Little Omen sounds like it could be a really good book.
Please welcome our newest teen reviewer who also happens to be a fantastic volunteer at Central, Rimjhim! Here’s a taste of her review of “Tilt” by Ellen Hopkins
Though this is a sequel, it is not necessary to read the first adult novel in order to follow what’s happening in Tilt. Despite the novel’s big page count, it is actually a very speedy read. This book is perfect for anyone who loves thought provoking and fastpaced novels.
Katie’s here to talk about the sequel to one of her creepiest favorites. The latest from Ransom Riggs:
More than once, I found myself gasping in delight when I turned the page and discovered where he was taking me (i.e., never where I expected). Imagination is found on every page.