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The Trans Experience PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 00:00

Some great nonfiction reads on  transgendered teens experiences:

 

altBeyond Magenta: Transgendered Teens Speak Out  by Susan Kuklin

Takes an honest look at the life, love, and struggles of transgender teens. Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.

 

altSome Assembly Required: The Not So Secret Live of A Transgendered Teen by Arin Andrews

Seventeen-year-old Arin Andrews shares all the hilarious, painful, and poignant details of undergoing gender reassignment as a high school student in this winning teen memoir.

 

 

 

 

altRethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

A transgender girl shares her personal journey of growing up as a boy and then undergoing gender reassignment during her teens.

 

 
Juniors / Kaui Hart Hemmings PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 January 2016 00:00

altSwitching schools in the middle of high school can be difficult. It's especially challenging for Lea, who now has moved with her mom to Hawaii and has gotten accepted to a prestigious prep school. Lea's used to just getting by with her mom, but now her mom has landed a pilot in Hawaii and things start to change. One of her mom's old friends wants to be pals again and invites Lea and her mom to stay in their guest house across the lawn from their mansion. Lea's not sure what think, it kind of feels like charity her and her mom don't need. On top of that her mom's friend has two kids, who happen to go to her new school and now she's forced to "be friendly" with them. Being friendly doesn't turn out so bad since Will isn't bad on the eyes, even though he has a girlfriend. And Whitney, who's her same age, while in a completely different social scene seems nice. As Lea finds her way in this new situation, she begins to question what she really wants for her life and what’s important to her. Juniors is a great dramatic, realistic read, perfect for spring break or the beach.

(Renee, the Loft)

 
 
The Burn Journals / Brent Runyon PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 December 2015 19:48

This book is not for the faint of heart. Or rather, maybe that's exactly who it is for.

The emotionally sensitive may seem a piece of themselves reflected in this candid, true story about a year long recovery by Brent Runyon.  In 1993, when he finds out he may be suspended for vandalism, 14-year-old Brent decides to kill himself by wearing a gasoline-soaked bathrobe and setting it on fire. Thus begins The Burn Journals.Cover image for The burn journals

Runyon does an excellent job of communicating the subtlety of depression as it creeps in and occupies a person's headspace, prompting impossibly dark thoughts that somehow seem normal enough to inspire such extreme self destructive action.  Despite the somber topic, this book is filled with humor and insight that anyone who has felt emotionally isolated or depressed can likely relate to. The sardonic and sarcastic Brent has many of the same desires, fears and hopes that any teenage boy has. The circumstances of his mental illness and physical recovery never overshadow his crushes on his hot nursing staff, a love for classic rock, wondering about a career someday as a comedian, and sheer annoyance with kids he deems "babyish" or not as cool as himself. Brent's candidness makes him likable, even when his outlook is dark or his mood churlish. 

 Parts of  The Burn Journals are somewhat graphic, so I wouldn't recommend it for middle schoolers. But it's a great read for any high schooler, especially for those who are fans of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Me, Earl and The Dying Girl. 

 

- Kayla, Loft staff

 

 
Ana Recommends: Isla and the Happily Ever After /Stephanie Perkins PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 December 2015 00:00

altI absolutely loved [ Isla and the Happliy Ever After]. I read it in one day. The main character’s name is Isla and she has had a crush on a boy since the beginning of high school. The boy's name is Josh. One of the things I really like about the book is that it takes place in not only Paris, France, but also in New York City. The summer right before senior year Isla sees Josh at a coffee shop and thinks she completely embarrassed herself in front of him. When school starts back up (In Paris) they start to become friends and then more. As their relationship grows more problems start popping up.

If you like books that are romantic then you should definitely read this. You should also read this if you like the book Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door because it is by the same author. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

(Ana, Evanston Teen)

 
Dark Retellings PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 December 2015 00:00

How about some dark twists to old classics:

 

altSplintered by A.G. Howard

A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse.

 

 

altDorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

Amy Gumm, the other girl from Kansas, has been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked to stop Dorothy who has found a way to come back to Oz, seizing a power that has gone to her head -- so now no one is safe!

 

 

altWendy Darling: Stars Vol. 1 by Colleen Oakes

Wendy Darling has a perfectly agreeable life with her parents and brothers in wealthy London, as well as a budding romance with Booth, the neighborhood bookseller's son. But one night, while their parents are at a ball, the charmingly beautiful Peter Pan comes to the Darling children's nursery, and dazzled by this flying boy with god-like powers they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom. As time passes in Neverland, Wendy realizes that this Lost Boy's paradise of turquoise seas, mermaids, and pirates holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed. As Peter's grasp on her heart tightens, she struggles to remember where she came from and begins to suspect that this island of dreams, and the boy who desires her, have the potential to transform into an everlasting nightmare.

 
If You Could Be Mine / Sara Farizan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 07 December 2015 00:00

altSahar and Nasrin have been best friends their whole lives and they're also in love.  Sahar can't wait for a time that her and Nasrin can really be together because right now that's not a possibility.  They live in Iran and if anyone figured out the truth of their relationship the girls could be put in jail or even sentenced to death.  When Nasrin's parents decide to arrange a marriage for her, Sahar is heartbroken and has to decide how far she's willing to go to be with Nasrin forever.   If You Could be Mine is a fast read or great listen, it's honest and full of emotion.  

(Renee, the Loft)

 
Nichols Recommends PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2015 00:00

Here's what teens at Nichols have been reading:

altI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artist Jude and her twin brother Noah. 

 

 

 

 

altThe Selection by Kiera Cass

Sixteen-year-old America Singer is living in the caste-divided nation of Illéa, which formed after the war that destroyed the United States. America is chosen to compete in the Selection--a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illéa's prince--but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

 

 

altWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other's best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

 

 
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