I am a secondary English/Language Arts teacher in North Carolina with an absolute love of young adult and teen fiction. On this blog, I'll share some of the best of the books I read as I teach, write, and devour the YA world! Follow me here and on twitter - @melissacarp!
Augustus Waters: "May I see you again?"
Hazel Grace: "Sure."
Augustus Waters: "Tomorrow?"
Hazel Grace: "Patience, grasshopper. You don't want to seem overeager."
Augustus Waters: "Right, that's why I said tomorrow. I want to see you again tonight. But I'm willing to wait all night and much of tomorrow. I'm serious."
Hazel Grace: "You don't even know me. How about I call you when I finish this?"
Augustus Waters: "But you don't even have my phone number."
Hazel Grace: "I strongly suspect you wrote it in this book."
Augustus Waters: "And you say we don't know each other."
After being told by many people that I needed to read Perks, I finally did. And WHY did I need to read this? Bleh.
First of all, maybe a few master authors could tackle the topics of drugs, drinking, child abuse, molestation, rape, homosexuality, and more in relation to teenagers in just 200 pages, but this author is not one of them. And why would this book be promoted by MTV? Just because it addresses “forbidden” topics? It doesn’t address them well. Not at all. I have serious issues with this book. AND WHY WAS THIS TURNED INTO A MOVIE? Bleh.
I swear I’m not just recommending this book because it has an allusion to Say Anything, which is one of the greatest YA stories of all time… but it did make me an instant fan of Susane Colasanti.
When It Happens is a great story told from two points of view (LOVE IT). Sara and Tobey are, quite simply, meant to be together. Tobey knows Sara is The One. Sara is a little too interested in the thrill of a shot at popularity to notice it right away, but when it does happen, it’s wonderful in a super happy heart kind of way. Along the way, it’s impossible not to fall for Tobey’s adorable self and identify with everything Sara deals with. And I love, love, love getting two character’s POVs on the same incident. It’s such an effective way of developing characters and letting the audience really get to know their personalities. Colasanti is able to write two distinct personalities in Sara and Tobey that make this book irresistible.
You should read this. Enjoy. ;)