2012 YA Fiction Mini-Reviews

]The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our StarsRelease Date: January 10, 2012
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Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
 336 (Hardcover)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Source: Public Library
My Rating: A (View Scale)
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The Fault in Our Stars is the story of Hazel, a sixteen-year-old terminal cancer patient, and her somewhat irreverent quest for life and love even while her body is falling apart. This book has already been lauded enough on the world wide web over the last year, so I’ll keep it brief. The Fault in Our Stars is one of the best YA novels I’ve ever read. It’s smart, funny, heartbreaking, and beautifully written–in other words, typical John Green. It deals with the topics of illness, love, and death head-on and without pretense. Recommended.

Faking Faith by Josie Bloss

Faking FaithRelease Date: November 8, 2011
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Publisher: Flux
Pages/Format: 240 (Paperback)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Source: Public Library
My Rating: C+ (View Scale)
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I am drawn to any book that grapples with faith in some way, and Faking Faith approaches it from an interesting angle. Following a humiliating public sexting incident, Dylan Mahoney discovers the blogs of some fundamentalist Christian girls and starts blogging as one of them using an alter ego. Soon she grows close to one of the girls and goes to visit her family, which wreaks all sorts of havoc. Faking Faith is an interesting book, if not especially well written, and I enjoyed reading it.

Albatross by Josie Bloss

AlbatrossRelease Date: February 8, 2010
240 (Paperback)
Genre: Contemporary YA
Source: Public Library
My Rating: C- (View Scale)
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I read Albatross right after reading Faking Faith, partially to see if it would be equally unique in its approach and partially because I was in a reading rut and feeling uninspired. Albatross explores an emotionally abusive relationship through the eyes of Tess, who falls for brilliant, good-looking, and uber-creepy Micah. I guess the object of this book was to teach kids what an abusive relationship looks like so it can be avoided, and it certainly does that. Beyond that, it fell flat for me.

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