I’ve been hearing about this book since I was in junior high school…and it didn’t disappoint. Okay, so I picked it up because I found out Emma Watson was starring in the film. But I kept reading it because it was really, really good. The characters are relatable, complex, and interesting. So is the plot. And who doesn’t love a well-written epistolary novel? (Um…nobody!) In fact, it’s one of those books — like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak and the anonymously-authored Go Ask Alice — that I think is important for young readers to experience. Mostly, this is because it tackles some of those issues that are so pervasive during the adolescent years (drug use, sexual awakening, abusive relationships, puberty, secrets, bullying) in a candid and sympathetic way. It’s relatable. It’s funny. It’s sweet and sad and emotional.
I loved it. I think you’ll love it. You should read it.
GOOD FOR: Teen readers, college readers, adults…everyone!
BAD FOR: Hm…nobody? Yup, I’m going with “nobody.”
GOOD WITH: Speak, Go Ask Alice, Flight.