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Top 10: love and mush

21.01.09 | 1 Comment

This is hardly my area of expertise, I must say. Still, boldly going…

  1. book coverNick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn. Written by two popular authors – he did Nick, she did Norah – and now a major motion film (as they say), Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist begins with Nick asking Norah to pretend to be his girlfriend when his ex shows up and he is girlfriend-less (for shame!). Little do they know…
  2. Wuthering Heights, by Emily Bronte. As irritating as I found this for the most part, it’s got some great, all-consuming lines in it, like “Nelly, I am Heathcliff, he’s always, always in my mind,” which I remember from revising for an end of year exam. Wuthering Heights, next to Romeo and Juliet, is probably the great love story in English literature (go on, argue!).
  3. book coverAn Abundance of Katherines, by John Green. Colin Singleton (chic geek) has a thing for Katherines, being he loves them and they dump him. On top of this he’s just finished high school and he’s worried he may be a mere prodigy and not a genius (there’s a subtle and important difference). Can his Katherine theorem prove his genius, and can he find non-Katherine love and contentment? Youbethecan (I realise this is giving the game away, but trust me, after two sentences you’ll realise this isn’t a tear jerker).
  4. book coverThe Loser’s Guide to Life and Love, A E Cannon. A romantic comedy featuring a cast of quirky characters involved in a love quadrangle, which seems intriguing.
  5. Forever, Judy Blume. For posterity, more than anything else. This book has been banned so much it’s not funny, which goes to show just how effective banning books is (it’s still around, see, and people are still reading it).
  6. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer. Why not Twilight? Kym asked me. Wellll basically because New Moon has the added interest of Bella’s relationship with Jacob. By the way, the library now has Bestseller copies of the book available, so look out for those. $5.00 for one week really isn’t all that bad.
  7. book coverA Certain Slant of Light, Laura Whitcomb plus I Heart You, You Haunt Me, Lisa Schroeder. Romance doesn’t die when you do. In A Certain Slant of Light the enterprising ghosts find bodies to inhabit – in the nicest possible way – in order to spend quality time together. I Heart You, You Haunt Me is sadder, in that only one is a ghost, plus Ava, who thought that she and Jackson would be together forever. Interestingly, this is a novel in verse.
  8. book coverBoy Meets Boy, David Levithan again, this time his first novel. Boy Meets Boy is set in a community – Gr8 Up-High School – where there aren’t prejudicial distinctions, which makes for a cast of colourful characters.
  9. The Changeover, Margaret Mahy. It’s mostly a supernatural thriller, about Laura’s quest to rid her brother Jacko of an evil spirit, but The Changeover’s most interesting relationship is between Laura and the magnetic and enigmatic (ha!) Sorry Carlisle.
  10. book coverThe Truth About Forever, Sarah Dessen. This grabbed me: Macy’s going to spend summer sitting on the library information desk. As a some-time information desk sitter I have nothing but the profoundest sympathy for Macy. For that reason this book ends up on my list. Plus it was recommended by book expert Kym. The love interest here may or may not be called Wes (don’t want to give too much away).

Mwah.


1 Comment

  • On 24.02.09 ann cannon wrote:

    Thanks so much for mentioning my book (Loser’s Guide). I’m in excellent company–I’m flattered!

    Best wishes from Salt Lake City.

    Ann (A. E.) Cannon

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