Staff Picks: Books
Staff-recommended reading from the
Young Adult Titles with Adult Appeal
In the world of book awards, there exists a category given to books published for adults but with high appeal for teen readers. These are the Alex Awards. So far, I am not aware of an award that does the opposite, i.e., acknowledges books published for teens that have high appeal for adult readers, but perhaps it's only a matter of time before such an award is created.
Until then, I'll make a couple of recommendations. And while it's true I am an adult, I am also an ex-teen and I believe that common experience is what could make many of today's teen titles appealing to adults. We've all been there.
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew Quick is the inspiring story of Amber Appleton, a teenager who lives on the school bus her alcoholic mother drives by day, but who, in spite of those circumstances, manages to create an existence in her community that truly makes a difference in the lives of others. And when tragedy comes into her life, it is those very people who build her up.
The View from the Top by Hilary Frank takes a realistic look at modern-day teen relationships--with friends, family members, and boyfriends/girlfriends. Through the alternating voices of six young people in one small town during the summer before they head off to college, Frank illustrates how difficult (but normal) it is to first, sort out one's feelings, and, second, to express them honestly to the people who need to know.
Regardless of our age, we can all take away something from these "teen" stories...come browse the Teen collection and see for yourself!
Sorta Like a Rock Star