It’s Bookanista time! Woohoo! My favorite day of the week!
And this week brings all sorts of win with Kody Keplinger’s debut THE DUFF.
I love/hate this author so very VERY much.
Love because this book is what all contemporary YA should be. It’s honest, real, and heartbreaking while still bringing the funny, loving, and caring that all of us strive to write.
And the Hate? Dude–Kody wrote this book at seventeen.
Let me just say that again for full effect. SEVENTEEN 1 – 7 !
It’s the story of a girl whose home life is less than perfect (but not so flawed that it makes her nuts or anything) who finds comfort in a most unfortunate way. And it’s told brilliantly. I caught myself re-reading pages just so I could live in the moment of each emotion a little longer before it was time to move on. Isn’t that what being a teenager is all about, anyway? Jumping from one crazy situation to another, and then wishing you were back dealing with whatever it was that you just ran away from?
Want more book recommendations from some of my favorite people? Check out the other Bookanista blogs this week!