2009: 136. Shelf Discovery

“I can’t remember the book that made me into a reader. (God, how much better would this story be if I could!)”

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, Lizzie Skurnick

     Oh my lord*, I loved this book.  This woman took what I try to do in this blog (at least some of the time) and first had a column on Jezebel  (search for “Fine Lines” to get a taste of what the book is like) and then turned into a super awesome book.  Basically she rereads a number of young adults books from my childhood era (i.e. A Wrinkle in Time, the works of Cynthia Voight, Christopher Pike, et. al) and writes fabulous essays about it that are awesome and funny and nostalgic and I could have read about a million of them and my only complaint is that the book was too short.  Ok, I also have the complaint that I already read a whole bunch of the essays on the website and that I wished there was even more new material than there was.  But that’s petty because there is new material and it’s pretty good too.  And there are guest columns by other authors like Meg Cabot, and Laura Lippman and it is one fabulous walk down memory lane, and if you were ever a teenage girl (especially one reading kids and young adult books between, say 1986 and 1992) you will absolutely adore this book. 

*As Claudia Kishi would say

Date/Place Completed: September 2009; D.C.

Categories:  Non-Fiction

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