Adolescent Literature

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

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Happy Monday everyone!

This week I got a lot of reading done! This week in total, I read four young adult books.

Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

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This book is about a girl named Aza who is dealing with her own mental issues as well as a mystery of a missing dad. The dad has a son who knew Aza when they were younger. Throughout the book, they form a romantic relationship. This book was not bad but I found myself wanting more of the missing dad story than the romantic relationship. The book was a pretty easy read I just wanted more from the story.



A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield

Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 11.58.33 AM.pngThis is a pretty interesting book. It covers a certain scenario that leads to a bigger discussion about the racism problem in America. This is a very nice piece of history that is pretty easy to get through. This provides real problems and resolutions as well as real images that go along with it. If you are interested in a little piece of history with a lot of cool images, I would recommend this book.



Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

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This is a very short verse novel that covers a young man, Will, dealing with the death of his brother. Will is set to follow the rules, no crying, no snitching, get revenge. The story follows Will as he is set to get revenge by the only way he knows how… killing his brother’s killer. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is not a very long read but I felt the characters were very well presented and this is thanks to Reynolds ability to create them. As a reader, I felt very connected to Will and his mourning. I would highly recommend this book, especiallyif you are looking for a short book with a great story.

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Screen Shot 2019-01-28 at 12.03.50 PM.pngI have always been a fan of Ellen Hopkins and this book reminded me why. Hopkins is known for hitting dark topics and expresses that again in Tricks. Tricks is about five teenagers who fall in love for the wrong reasons. This leads them all to Las Vegas for various reasons but they deal with becoming prostitutes, drug addiction, homosexuality and homophobia, and one even finding herself trapped in the hands of a pimp. This is a verse novel so it was pretty easy to get through. The stories are all separated from each other but Hopkins sectioned the book off so you know what teenager you are following at what time. To my pleasant surprise, there is a sequel to this book called Traffick. Overall, this is a very serious book with a lot of negative things happening. If you enjoy happy endings, I would not recommend this book but the stories of the teenagers are very interesting to follow.

My reading plans for this week is Traffick by Ellen Hopkins, Mary’s Monsters by Lita Judge, For Everyone by Jason Reynolds, Photographic by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Pena, and finally Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann.

Happy Reading!


10 thoughts on “It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?”

  1. A Few Red Drops sounds super interesting. I’m all about nonfiction and historical fiction, so I’ll have to add that to my TBR. I also can’t wait to read Long Way Down. I’ll definitely get to it this semester, but probably not until later. It’s a book my book club picked out to read!


  2. I also thought A Few Drops of Red looks like a good read. Racial tension is a topic I like to read about. It reminds me that we have come a long way in our nation, but we also have a long way to go. Tricks sounds like an interesting novel. I will have to put that on my to read list.


  3. I teach history and a Few Red Drops looks awesome! What grad level would this be appropriate. Racism can be a tricky subject to teach in history and this books sounds like it would be a great tool for my classroom. Thanks for sharing. Good luck reading this week!


  4. Ah! A Few Red Drops looks so fascinating! I’ll certainly have to check in with your blog to get non-fiction recommendations this semester. I’ve never been a huge fan of John Green (despite reading almost all of his books) so I haven’t felt compelled to pick up Turtles All the Way Down. However, I do love mysteries so I might have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing!


  5. You did a lot of reading this week! One thing that I like to do in class is set out YA books that pair well with whatever we are reading in class. I can see pairing A Few Red Drops with TKAM.


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