Archive for November, 2011

"New Adult" Challenge: 2012!


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What are “New Adult” books, you ask? They’re books with characters primarily past their teenage years; they’re graduating, going into college, are in college, looking for jobs – you get the gist. Isn’t that fabulous? Isn’t that what I’ve been looking for?! It is. I’m very excited for this year-long challenge.
The rules and levels, as per Danya’s post:
The rules:
  • The book must feature a protagonist who is past the average age for graduation from high school (18 in most places). If they’re sitting on the fence at precisely age 18, then you can make the judgment call on whether it is more YA or New Adult. (If the majority of it is set in high school, I’d classify it as YA.) The protag should be younger than 30, just to give a maximum limit as well (otherwise we’re getting into Not-So-New Adult literature!)
  • This does *not* mean the book must be of the contemporary genre. If it’s a fantasy or dystopian or something and there *is* no concept of “graduation” in that world, then just go by our world’s standards in deciding if it counts.

The levels:

  • Just Graduated: read a minimum of 3 New Adult books
  • Moving Out: read a minimum of 6 New Adult books
  • Living On Your Own: read a minimum of 9 New Adult books
  • Fully Independent: read every single New Adult book you can get your hands on
?The challenge will run from Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2012.  Interested? Want to sign up? CLICK!

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REVIEW! Saving June.


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SAVING JUNE by Hannah Harrington
Everyone’s sorry. But no one can explain why.

Harper Scott’s older sister, June, took her own life a week before high school graduation, leaving Harper devastated. So when her divorcing parents decide to split up June’s ashes, Harper steals the urn and takes off cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going—California.

Enter Jake Tolan, a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession…and an unknown connection to June. When he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanor and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what Harper needs. Except Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn her life upside down—again.

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