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September Girls

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September Girls, Bennett Madison
HarperTeen, May 2013
Reviewed from final copy and e-book

I’ve got a short shortlist.

September Girls is on it.

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Soliciting Contenders

Readers, we need you!

We’re working our way down the long list, and we’ve got a few roundups of some other books that we think are in the top, say, hundred books of the year but don’t quite have that thing that wins the gold. But we know there are gems we’ve missed or dismissed, and we need you to fill in those holes.

So if the book you think is the #1 book of the year in YA lit isn’t on our list, won’t you take this moment to write a really long comment talking about that book?

Paper Valentine

papervalentine Paper ValentinePaper Valentine, Brenna Yovanoff
Razorbill, January 2013
Reviewed from final copy

Rereading Paper Valentine, I saw a lot of Printz-worthy elements.

In fact, there’s a serious contender here.

Except for one small problem: it’s two stories jammed into one book, and only one of those two is contender material.

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Two Boys Kissing

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Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan
Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013
Reviewed from ARC

Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers.

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Wild Awake

Wild Awake 331x500 Wild AwakeWild Awake, Hilary T. Smith
Katherine Tegen Books, May 2013
Reviewed from ARC

Nominate in haste, repent at leisure?

Well, not quite. But… I’m not entirely surprised no one, in effect, seconded this one.

Wild Awake is a debut, and while I don’t have a full sense of the year’s debut slate, from what I’ve read and from what I’ve passed over reading (there are so very many latest-hot-craze books among the debut titles), it’s a strong debut.

In fact, there are aspects that are outstanding. And then there are some aspects that strive, but don’t quite stick the landing.

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The Long List

Everyone’s seen the NBA long list, yes?

Five titles are what I would consider firmly children’s and not within the Printz purview.

Of the other five, four were on our own longlist the other day, have garnered several stars, and are the books people* are generally speaking about.

(*people in this case=book people with a focus on well written YA)

Two things jumped out for our purposes: 1, Two Boys Kissing, which none of us have read yet,  clearly needs to move up on the to-read pile; 2, WHOA: Boxers and Saints appears to be considered one book from the National Book Award judges’ perspective.

(And speaking for me, alone, rather than the Someday collective, I am so happy there are others who felt The Summer Prince was something special, since it’s my personal frontrunner right now!)

So? Thoughts?

 

The Lucy Variations

The Lucy Variations, Sara Zarr
Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, May 2013
Reviewed from ARC

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If you stop doing the thing that defined you and made you special for most of your life, who are you and can you ever move on?

The Lucy Variations is a meditation on the classic young adult themes of loss, identity formation, and relationships – platonic, familial, and romantic. What makes Sara Zarr’s novel unique is that it is also a novel about talent, artistry, commitment, and the consequences of being a professional before you’re an adult. The Lucy Variations succeeds as the former, but excels as the latter.

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Book List

Wanna know what we’re planning to write about this year?

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We Aten’t Ded*

Hello!

If you have been checking back regularly, you might have A: been disappointed when we did, after all, go dark, and B: noticed that we edited our last post to reflect that we would indeed be going mostly dark.

Life. It gets in the way, doesn’t it?

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What Do We Read Next? or, Potential Contendas

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Which books can go the distance?
(CC-licensed image “The Champ” by truebluetitan)

Ok, so we’re a month plus into 2013 and I’ve finally, finally! started a 2013 title.

(Just One Day, by Gayle Forman, in case you wondered.)

And now I need to decide what to read next. So let’s talk 2013 publications that belong on the contenda list already, whether for critical acclaim (by which I mean, stars) or buzz.

I’ve got a few titles on the list already, so I’m thinking I’ll show you mine and you’ll show me yours. Good? Good.

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