Remember my “Best of YA” reading project? Well, I’m making progress. Today’s selections come to you from the “Most Worthy of our Tears” category. Number one in this category was The Fault in Our Stars (of course it was, because every single frigging person in the world has LOVED it). However, its popularity means I am number 777(ish – but who’s counting?) on the library request list for this title so, in the meantime, I’ve read the two runners up.
They came into the library at the same time and I first picked up the one which I thought I would more conventionally enjoy. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson. Straightforward contemporary romance with maybe some coming-of-age in there.
It was good. It was solid. There was a point where I wasn’t sure if it would make me cry but, sure enough; bingo! Pulled it off at the end.
I read this neat post at The Green Bathtub, dividing books into three categories: Ego Boosters, Inspirational and Dream Dashers. Go read the post (it’s short!) then come back because I’m going to tell you Second Chance Summer is a good solid Ego Booster.
It’s a strong book. It’s well-written and well-edited. I found a review of it which pretty much sums up exactly what I thought of this book so I’m not going to re-write it – I’ll just send you here.
Next up – The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder. Oh. My. Gosh. I really liked this book. I am so excited if The Fault in Our Stars is better than this book, because this book was great. A solid Inspirational with moments of verging into Dream Dashing.
I loved a lot about this book. The voice was fantastic. The character was sarcastic but not just because, and her sarcasm was layered with many other levels of feeling.
The family relationships were touching but not gushy.
The setting was awesome. Both settings; Florida / Disneyworld where we got the coolest insight into what it would be like to grow up in Orlando as a “Disney brat” with the world’s most famous (?) theme park as your backyard. The Maine setting was also lovely, true and a little bit miraculous; the way Maine can be.
I also loved about both these books that they weren’t heavy on drinking, drugs, swearing, etc. Some teens don’t drink – or at least their lives don’t revolve around drinking – and that’s nice to see in great books. I’m not saying these books are puritanical; it’s just that later I thought “Hey, no drunk driving. No liquor-induced vomiting. How nice.”
It’s great to see such runner-up strength. I’ll let you know once I’ve read TFIOS – probably sometime in 2015…