Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.
Today's topic: What was the best book you read in February?
I didn't have many books to choose from this month and I totally blame John Green. The Fault in Our Stars totally destroyed me and all I wanted to do afterwards was read something that wouldn't leave me a weepy mess.
Sixteen, edited by Megan McCafferty took care of this for me.
Remember what it was
like to be sixteen? Whether it was the year your teeth were finally free
of braces or the year you were discovered by the opposite sex, that
magical, mystical age is something you will never forget. Edited by
Megan McCafferty, author of the runaway hit novels Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings, Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday is a compilation of short stories inspired by all the angst, melodrama, and wonderment of being sixteen.
Dessen’s “Infinity” is about a girl confronting two major milestones:
getting her driver’s license and losing her virginity. The Dead Girls in
Jacqueline Woodson’s “Nebraska 99” have already decided to “do it” and
must now cope with being teenage mothers. And Carolyn Mackler’s “Mona
Lisa, Jesus, Chad, and Me” explores whether friendship can survive when
partying and prayer clash. Also included is a new Jessica Darling story
by Megan McCafferty about the last fifteen minutes Jessica spends—or
rather, doesn’t spend—with her best friend, Hope, who is leaving
Featuring stories by Steve Almond, M. T. Anderson,
Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, Tanuja Desai Hidier, David
Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, and
Joseph Weisberg, these hilarious, poignant, and touching tales are
perfect for both those who have yet to reach that milestone and those
who want to reminisce about their “sweetest” year.
What I Liked About It: I've been trying to write short stories for years, but never can manage to do short. Yep, I just admitted that I like that the stories were short. Shoot me. Also, Steve Almond was in here. You know how much I love Steve Almond's writing. A few of my favorite stories were "Infinity" by Sarah Dessen, "The Alumni Interview" by David Levithan, and "The Perfect Kiss" by Sarah Mlynowski.
What You Should Know: Not every short story is created equal. The stories that pulled away from the standard narrative flow were harder to follow than, say, the story by Sarah Dessen. Also, if you loved Sloppy Firsts, you'll probably want it on hand to read immediately after you read "Fifteen Going On..." which is like the prologue to Sloppy Firsts.
What was the best thing you read this month?