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A Certain Slant of Light

A Certain Slant of LightMy journey into young adult fiction continues.

I just finished A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. The plot centers around a couple of ghosts who find each other and decide to recapture life by inhabiting the bodies of two troubled teens.

From the moment I first picked up this book, I couldn’t stop reading it. It was completely engrossing from the first paragraph:

Someone was looking at me, a disturbing sensation if you’re dead. I was with my teacher, Mr. Brown. As usual, we were in our classroom, that safe and wooden-walled box–the windows opening onto the grassy field to the west, the fading flag standing in the chalk dust corner, the television mounted above the bulletin board like a sleeping eye, and Mr. Brown’s princely table keeping watch over a regiment of student desks. At that moment I was scribbling invisible comments in the margins of a paper left in Mr. Brown’s tray, though my words were never read by the students. Sometimes Mr. Brown quoted me, all the same, while writing his own comments. Perhaps I couldn’t tickle the inside of his ear, but I could reach the mysterious curves of his mind.

Have you read this book? What did you think?

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Midnighters #1: The Secret Hour

The Secret Hour

I’m hooked on Scott Westerfeld books. I know they are written for young adults but I find them captivating.

I enjoyed Uglies/Pretties/Specials so much that I sought out his other titles.

I just finished Midnighters: The Secret Hour. It is a trilogy about a small town in Oklahoma, where time stands still at the stroke of midnight for one hour. Five high school students, who all happened to be born exactly at midnight, can walk freely among this frozen world. But so can dark, dangerous creatures of the night. These students each have a gift which arms them against the darklings.

This book wasn’t scary as much as it was creepy. I was reading it late at night and found myself getting really creeped out. I’m going to order the other two books in this series.

Have you read the Midnighters?

The Secret Hour

Uglies and Pretties

Uglies, Pretties and Specials by Scott Westerfeld

My neice told me about a book she was reading called Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. She was enjoying it so much I thought I would give it a try even though it falls into the category of Young Adult Fiction.

The story is about a young girl named Tally who lives in a future society where everyone gets an operation at age 16 to make them pretty. Until kids reach their 16th birthday, they are referred to as Uglies and segregated from the rest of society. But shortly before her birthday, Tally meets a new friend named Shay, who wants to run away and live in a place called The Smoke, where no one wants to get the pretty operation.

The books deal with themes of beauty, betrayal, friendship, society, government, environmentalism, and much more. It is fast-paced with rich characters, and the author doesn’t talk down to its readers.

I enjoyed Uglies so much, I ripped right through the sequels, Pretties and Specials.

Have you read these books?