Well, let’s just pretend it’s Monday. 😉 In the midst of a roommate’s wisdom tooth removal, I got completely distracted playing caretaker yesterday. With the rate my roommates are going this semester, it’s a darn good thing I’ve kept healthy …someone needs to take care of them! Anywho, I digress. Here is a peek at what I read this week!
Looking for Alaska| This book is about a boy named Miles who moves to a boarding school in the south. He is rather quiet, and reads alot. Miles also has an interesting talent–remembering people’s last words. In other words, Miles is a bit of a nerd. At school, he befriends Alaska and “The Colonel. These two are equally nerdy, but also enjoy breaking as many school rules as they can. The first half of the book is spent developing the relationships between these three characters. This might sound boring, but trust me, it’s not. I latched onto these characters immediately, and enjoyed the story a lot.
The second half of the book covers an event that would ruin the story if I went into detail..All I can say, is before reading Looking For Alaska, I can’t remember the last time I had a physical reaction to a book. When I hit a point in this story, I yelled, and threw the book down on the table in front of me. I wanted to smack John Green upside the head, and hug him all at the same time. This book was so well done, and if you are a John Green fan, this will not disappoint. 🙂
Being Jazz Jazz Jennings| In an attempt to balance out all of the realistic fiction I’ve been reading lately, I decided to try a new genre–YA Non-Fiction! I didn’t even realize this was a YA genre until I saw it on my bingo card. Sure enough, when I was at the bookstore last, I noticed a section labeled Young Adult Non-Fiction. I was surprised to see quite a few books written by popular YouTubers in that section as well. These could be useful tools to draw in reluctant readers!
I have watched a few episodes of I Am Jazz on TLC, so I had a small background on Jazz’s story. She was diagnosed with dysphoria at 5 years old, and is well known for being one of the youngest transgender people to progress through the transition process. I was amazed at how many experiences Jazz had to speak on. She has done a lot for how young she is. At 15 years old, I don’t think I would have had enough experiences to write a book! What I appreciated most about this book is the way in which it was written. The graphic details were kept to a minimum, and used when absolutely necessary. This would be the perfect book to use to educate students about people that are transgender. It provides a great insight on what it feels like to be transgender, and how to treat people that are different from you.