Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Top 5 2010 reads

List by 99shelby

Some people have dogs. Not me. I have a therapist. I'd rather have a dog.
From 'Last night I sang to the monster', Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

This is a guest post by my good buddy 99shelby, who, like me, skims the cream off the Teen NextReads eNewsletter each month and has found plenty of good reads to keep her going in 2010. From teen novels that deal with some serious issues but aren't afraid to make you laugh, to complete candyfloss for the brain (and the odd paranormal twist), have a go at one of these gems.

Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side / Beth Fantaskey
Seventeen-year-old Jessica, adopted and raised in Pennsylvania, learns that she is descended from a royal line of Romanian vampires and that she is betrothed to a vampire prince, who poses as a foreign exchange student while courting her.
Yes, it is just another teen vampire romance… but it was GOOD !!

After being hit by a bus and killed, a high school homecoming queen gets stuck in the land of the living, with only a loser classmate--who happens to be able to see and hear ghosts--to help her.
For when the brain needs entertainment but doesn't feel like working overtime.

Triple Shot Bettys in love / Jody Elizabeth Gehrman
Sixteen-year-old Geena spends a winter coping with the gorgeous new girl who is after her boyfriend, Ben, her mother's return to dating, and her best friend Amber's crush on an English teacher, while continuing to serve espressos at Triple Shot Betty.
Just like candyfloss - light, fluffy and sweet.

Soul enchilada / David Macinnis Gill
When, after a demon appears to repossess her car, she discovers that both the car and her soul were given as collateral in a deal made with the Devil by her irascible grandfather, eighteen-year-old Bug Smoot, given two-days' grace, tries to find ways to outsmart the Devil and his minions.
As you can tell I do like the paranormal books!

Last night I sang to the monster / Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Eighteen-year-old Zach does not remember how he came to be in a treatment center for alcoholics, but through therapy and caring friends, his amnesia fades and he learns to face his past while working toward a better future.
This would have to be the best book that I have read in a VERY long time. Slightly dark, slightly morbid but a book that I think almost every reader would be able to relate to.

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