Daily Archives: April 12, 2007

YA

I just finished Megan McCafferty’s Sloppy Firsts and WOW. That about sums it up.
The book is great. I was surprised at the edge. I’m not sure why. I mean I hear dd and her friends talk, I hear my students talk. I know the edge is there in their lives.
I read a lot of YA because dd’s 17 and I want to know what she’s reading AND because I teach grades 9-12. I want to know what’s going on in their minds. I watch MTv and listen to local pop stations for the same reasons. 🙂
Seriously though, USUALLY the stuff I watch or hear or read seems exaggerated or fantasy. LC on The Hills is more Paris Hilton than she is the kids in my classes or DD. The books I read are fun or somber, but I don’t REALLY see my students saying, doing, thinking the things the character in the books do. They’re better than some used to be: I remember being forced to read those teen horror stories about girls who fell to temptation (drugs, alcohol, sex, oh my!) and ended up strung out living on the streets as heroine addicted prostitutes. But I also remember reading Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret and totally connecting with the character.
Anyway, it’s been a while since I’ve read something that made me go, yep, this is what my kids are going through.
Sloppy Firsts is about as close as it gets.
I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.