Posts Tagged ‘High School’

Boyfriends with Girlfriends

November 28, 2012

Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Author: Alex Sanchez

Title: Boyfriends with Girlfriends

Genre: Realistic Fiction, LGBTQ

Publication Date: April 2011

Number of Pages: 224 pages

Geographical Setting: Suburban USA

Time Period: Present Day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Lance has known he was gay his whole life. Sergio considers himself bisexual but has only really dated girls. A meeting online will spark an instant attraction for these two high schoolers. They agree to meet up and each brings along a friend. Lance brings Allie, his straight female friend of years, who is currently in a relationship. Sergio brings along Kimiko, his lesbian friend  who also happens to be Japanese. The two girls and the two guys hit it off right away. Sparks fly on both ends but things get complicated when Lance starts to push Sergio into a relationship he’s not ready for. Meanwhile, Allie is struggling with her current relationship and her newly discovered feelings for Kimiko. Can these two pairs of lovebirds find a way to make it work? A fast-paced read with lots of dialog will have you turning the pages to see what happens next.

Subject Headings: Lesbian teenagers, Bisexual teenagers, Identity (Psychology), Interpersonal relations,  Dating (Social customs), Homosexuality, Best friends, Teenagers

Appeal: Teenagers, Lesbians, Bisexual, First Kiss, High School, Family Relations, Dating, Angst-Filled, Poetry, Love, Identity, Slang-Dialog

Three appeal terms that best describe this book: Teenagers, Homosexuality, Relationships

Three Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1. The Complete Collected Poems of Maya Angelou (1994) by Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou was cited as inspiration for Kimiko when she was writing her poetry. If you liked reading some of Kimiko’s poems in the novel then you would probably enjoy reading poems by the author who inspired her.

2. GLBTQ: the survival guide for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning teens (Jun 2003) By Kelly Huegel
For anyone struggling with being homosexual or bi, this book is for you. It offers advice from teens and professionals, real-life experiences, and information on support groups.

3. Queer: the ultimate LGBT guide for teens (Jun 2011)
If you ever had questioned whether your best friend was gay or straight, this book will help you figure out that answer. Just like when Lance was really questioning Sergio’s bisexuality, you too can find answers to your questions.

Three Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1.Girl Friends: The Complete Collection 1 (Oct. 2012) By Milk Morinaga
If you want to know more about “girl panic” the girl love manga that Kimiko gave to Allie, then you may want to check out this manga series by Milk Morinaga

2. The Bermudez Triangle (Oct. 2004) by Maureen Johnson
If you liked reading about two girls falling for eachother, then you may want to check out The Bermudez Triangle. Its a story about three high school friends and the challenges they face when two of them fall in love.

3. Boy meets boy (Sept. 2003) by David Levithan
If you liked reading about Lance and Sergio’s highs and lows in their relationship then this book is for you. A story about two males trying to work things out after an incident tears them apart.

Name: Madison Gailus

Thirteen Reasons Why

October 3, 2012

Author: Jay Asher

Title: Thirteen Reasons Why

Genre: YA; Psychological Suspense

Publication Date: January 2008

Number of Pages: 288 pages

Geographical Setting: Most likely a small town in the USA

Time Period: Present Day

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Clay Jenkins comes home from school one day to a box full of tapes. As he listens to them he hears the voice of Hannah Barker, the girl who took her life a few weeks back. On the tapes are thirteen people who played a role in Hannah’s decision to take her life and she wants them to know why. Each person on Hannah’s list will receive these tapes and have to listen to her story and their role in it. Clay is distraught and can’t believe he is on these tapes, he shouldn’t be on them, he liked Hannah and even had a crush on her. Throughout the book Clay walks the streets of his town to places Hannah mentions on the tapes and listens to the events that lead up to her suicide. Suspensefully written and full of emotions and detailed characters, this book gives you a look at high school life for teenagers, the struggles they face and the real life decisions some teens make.

Subject Headings: Suicide Victims, Rape, Emotions in teenagers, guilt, suicide, interpersonal relations, tapes, high schools, schools, teenage boys

Appeal: Suicide, Relationships, Dual Narratives, High School, Suspense, Realistic Fiction, Drama, Character Driven, Emotional, Present Day, Fast-Paced, Small Towns

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Suicide, Suspense, High School

Three Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1.Dear bully: Seventy authors tell their stories (Sep 2011)

For anyone interested in hearing more stories about bulling and how it affects others. These authors of teen and young adult literature share their own stories about bullying from all sides of the issue.

2. Secrets girls keep: What girls hide (& why) and how to break the stress of silence (Nov 2009) by Carrie Silver-Stock

Thirteen Reasons Why centered around Hannah Bakers’ decision to take her own life and the stresses faced by teenage girls. In this book, teenage girls can find answers to questions about daily life as a teen. Topics covered in this book include; drug use, Internet, making friends, boyfriends, school and grades, depression and more.

3. Teen Suicide (Aug 2011) By Lorena Huddle

The main subject of Thirteen Reasons Why was teenage suicide. In this book we get an overview of the causes, risks, prevention, intervention and how to cope with a suicide.

Three Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1. Looking for Alaska (Mar 2005) by John Green

Like Thirteen Reasons Why, this book tell of a young boy who falls for a girl whose death will leave unanswered questions. Throughout the book, one main character searches for answers dealing with life and death.

2. Why we broke up (Dec 2011) By Daniel Handler

For anyone looking for answers as to why something happened, check out Why we broke up. Why we broke up tells the story of a 16 year old girl who writes a letter to her ex-boyfriend explaining why they broke up. Along with the letter she includes a box of items that will help tell the story and why the relationship ended. In Thirteen Reasons Why, Hannah gives tapes to the people who played a part in her decision to take her life. She tells her story and reasons why through the tapes.

3. Hate List (Sep 2009) By Jennifer Brown

After the school shooting by her boyfriend, Valerie realizes that the people targeted during the shooting were on the Hate list. A list she helped create with her boyfriend. Now she is struggling with the last year of high school and her relationships with those around her as she tries to deal with feelings of guilt and her role in the shooting. Like Thirteen Reasons Why, there was a list and the people on this list played a role in the decision to take a life.

Name: Madison Gailus

Dairy Queen

June 8, 2009

Title: Dairy Queen

Author: Catherine Gilbert Murdoch

Read by: Natalie Moore

Publication Date: 2006

Number of Pages: 274 pages, 5 sound discs (6 hr., 9 min.)

Genre: Audio Book, Young Adult

Geographic Setting: Red Bend, Wisconsin

Time Period: Present

Series: Two more books: The Off Season and Front and Center (coming this fall)

Plot Summary: Sixteen-year-old D.J. Schwenk is plodding through life in Wisconsin. Now that its summer she is partically running her family dairy farm in Wisconsin since her Dad broke his hip and her two older brothers refuse to speak to the family. To complicate matters, she failed English class, has to deal with her younger brother Curtis’ lack of talking, the new strangeness in her relationship with her best friend, and worst of all, working/training all summer with the opposing high school’s quarter back. As the summer continues, D.J. begins to realize some things about herself, her family and her life. With this new insight and courage, she decides to go out for her all male high school football team.

Audio Review: Natalie Moore brings to life the world and thoughts of 16-year-old D.J. Schwenk. Moore gives a mostly realistic voice to a Wisconsin teenager, however, sometimes leans a little too far into exaggerated Wisconsin accents.

Subject Headings: Football stories. Farm life Fiction.Football Juvenile fiction.Farm life Juvenile fiction.

Appeal: Easy, engaging, strong secondary characters, character centered, authentic, rural, hopeful, unpretentious, candid, optimistic, open ended, issue orientated

Three Terms that describe this book: Thoughtful, unpretentious, character centered

Similar Authors and Works (fiction): Inexcusable by Chris Lynch, Out of the Pocket by Bill Konisburg, Derby Girl- Shauna Cross, Going for the Record- Julie A. Swanson

Similar Authors and Works (Non-fiction): Pigskins and ponytails: A year on the sidelines of a small town woman’s football team by Mark Bradford, Friday Night Lights: a town, a team, and a dream by H.G. Bissinger, Making Her Mark : Firsts and Milestones in Women’s Sports by Ernestine Miller

Name: Alicia Hammond