Posts Tagged ‘Young Adult Book Challenge 2009’

I completed the last review for my Young Adult Book Challenge 2009.. I guess I am the last one to finish 🙂 None theless one  challenge officially completed and here is the wrap up post .

YAchallengeChallenge Host : J. Kaye

Books Read for the challenge :

1. Lock And Key – Sarah Dessen

2. The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale

3.  Are You There God ? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume

4. Geek High – Piper Banks

5. Story Of A Girl – Sara Zarr

6. Before I Die – Jenny Downham

7. Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

8. The Forest Of Hands And Teeth – Carrie Ryan

9. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

10.13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

11.Percy Jackson And The Olympians :Lightning Thief -Rick Riordan

12.Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters – Rick Riordan

I read some really good books through this challenge. I discovered Percy Jackson through it. Thanks to the wonderful J.Kaye for hosting this challenge.

sara zarrBook : Story Of A Girl

Author : Sara Zarr

Publisher : Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages : 208 pgs

Category : Young Adult

My Rating : 4 out of 5

Summary ( from Goodreads) :

When she is caught in the backseat of a car with her older brother’s best friend – Deanna Lambert’s teenage life is changed forever. Struggling to overcome the lasting repercussions and the stifling role of “school slut,” she longs to escape a life defined by her past. With subtle grace, complicated wisdom and striking emotion, The Story of a Girl reminds us of our human capacity for resilience, epiphany and redemption.

My Views:

As a teenager Deanna has endured much more than her friends . She has to live with the fact that the whole school knows that she was caught in the back seat of  a car having sex with Tommy, her elder brother’s best friend. Different takes of this event are circulating in her school ,where people have given her some nasty nicknames . Tommy himself has fueled some of these rumours .She could have tolerated all that if her father too hadn’t given up on her. She hasn’t had a decent conversation with her dad since . Her life revolves around her 2 friends  and her  baby niece. When Deanne takes up a job in summer ,little does she know that Tommy is going to work with her. If life seemed difficult before , it isn’t getting any easier for Deanne.

Deanne is one of those few characters who touched my heart. She isn’t perfect. She has made some really wrong choices . But don’t we all?  But  the price paid by her is too heavy. When she handles her problems we see her hurt  , we see her need to gain acceptance. Need to be in a place where she isn’t judged by her previous mistakes. Need to see people whom she cares about ,understanding her. Her effort to attain financial independence so that she can get out of the town where people see her for not what she is but what her past follies are.

Deanne was a strong voice , though sometimes a confused one . I liked her for her honesty and also persevering in conditions , when most other teenagers would have broken down.  I am sure she is one character I am going to remember for a long time.

This is my first Sara Zarr book and after finishing this one I decided that I did want to read her other books. The main reason being ,her ability to bring out emotions that are completely honest without pretensions.

Awards:

2007 National Book Award Finalist

ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers

American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults


Book : Goose Girl (Books Of Bayern 1)
Author : Shannon Hale
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Category: Young Adult , Fantasy
My Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis (From Good Reads):

She was born with her eyes closed and a word on her tongue, a word she could not taste.

is helpless and cannot persuade anyone to assist her. Becoming a goose girl for the king, Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee, Crown Princess of Kildenree, spends the first years of her life under her aunt’s guidance learning to communicate with animals. As she grows up Ani develops the skills of animal speech, but is never comfortable speaking with people, so when her silver-tongued lady-in-waiting leads a mutiny during Ani’s journey to be married in a foreign land, AniAni eventually uses her own special, nearly magical powers to find her way to her true destiny.

From the Grimm’s fairy tale of the princess who became a goose girl before she could become queen, Shannon Hale has woven an incredible, original, and magical tale of a girl who must find her own unusual talents before she can lead the people she has made her own.

Review:
Fairy tales are for little girls. Right? Not always. Sometimes , adults like me happen to take up these stories and thoroughly enjoy them. Shannon Hale’s take on Grimm’s Goose Girl makes a delightful read.We all know the Goose Girl story but here it’s presented in a more believable way with realistic touches to turn of events.

Ani’s development from a quite child to girl who knows her mind and does what is right is one of the best character development I have seen. It took me a while to get in to the story and also to understand Ani but the tightly woven plot kept me gripped.

A talent of animal speech is not a requirement for the post of a queen . It’s is something you would rather not have. But Ani can’t help it as she is gifted with it. It is this gift of hers that keep her away from her rightful authority over the throne and makes her politically very intelligent mother to send her off as the bride to crown prince of Bayern. Little does Ani know the journey she is embarking on is the one that will bring her face to face with some of the best and worst kind of people and in the process moulding her in to a person , her mother would have wanted to have as a queen.

Affection, love , friendship, betrayal and loyalty are well sown in to the book which made me want to finish it in one sitting. While reading it I was wanting good things for Ani, wanting her to have a life she so much deserves , feeling how long will it be until justice is done. Such is the impact of the book that you get totally involved in it.

This was my first Shannon Hale book and I know it won’t be the last as I have Enna Burning waiting on my book shelf.



Here is my book list for 2009 YA Book Challenge hosted on J.Kaye’s Book Blog.

1. Lock And Key -Sarah Dessen

2. The Goose Girl – Shannon Hale

3. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret – Judy Blume

4. Geek High – Piper Banks

5. Story Of A Girl – Sara Zarr

6. Before I Die – Jenny Downham

7. Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

8. The Forest Of Hands And Teeth – Carrie Ryan

9. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

10.13 Little Blue Envelopes – Maureen Johnson

11.Percy Jackson And The Olympians :Lightning Thief -Rick Riordan

12.Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Sea Of Monsters – Rick Riordan

Some of these I have read long time back and plan to read again and some are new to me.So wish me luck..