This month has been so busy! With standardized testing just around the corner for my kiddos at school, and the boyfriend away for work, I have been busy, busy, busy! This weekend, I had a chance to slow down and finally make a tiny dent in my reading list. As I create an Independent Reading Project for my 10th graders, I took this weekend as an opportunity to preview some of the YA fiction books my students are reading!
First up…Young God by Katherine Faw Morris
This book was originally published in 2014. A family member gifted me this book last Christmas (as I asked for!) and I finally sat down to read it. The whole thing is written in a different style than anything I’ve ever read. Take this excerpt from Goodreads: “With prose stripped down to its bare essence, brash and electrifying, brutal yet starkly beautiful, Katherine Faw Morris’s Young God is a debut that demands your attention and won’t be forgotten—just like Nikki, who will cut you if you let that attention waver.”
I would say that snippet of a description is very accurate. The prose was short & captivated my attention, as well as brutally honest. Though this novel has only been given 3 out of five stars on Goodreads, I would give it 4. The main character, Nikki, is only 13…which makes some of the events she goes through a little bit terrifying to imagine.
Overall, a quick and interesting read. Am I dying to see this novel made into a movie? No. But it definitely had my wheels turning.
I tried to find the author’s social media pages, but it seems her website is a bit outdated. A simple search of her name on Twitter revealed she has written a few short essays, but other than that, I cannot really find much info about this author.
Book number 2: The Way I Used To Be by Amber Smith
This book is about a teenage girl, Eden, who was raped by her older brother’s best friend. Her story is told in four parts, freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior year of high school. I found this book to be utterly captivating. I sat down at the beach today to read it and read the entire thing. While the writing wasn’t particularly difficult to read (it is a YA book, after all), Eden’s story & struggle is so relatable to so many people. This novel was just published a few weeks ago…March 22nd, to be exact.
The reviews of this novel are very mixed. If you check out the comments section for this novel on Goodreads, people seem to either love it or hate it. It really seems to mostly be adults bashing on the book…but they seem to have forgotten that they are not Amber Smith’s primary audience.
Regardless, I thought this was a great read. One bad thing after another happens to Eden, but you just keep rooting for her. If you have a few hours (and, like, $10 to spend on this book via Amazon), this book is a good, quick read. I’ll give it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
What have you been reading? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!