What is this thing, anyway?

“No live organism can continue for long to exist sanely under conditions of absolute reality.”—Shirley Jackson

I’ve never been a fan of reality.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always sought an escape from day-to-day drudgeries, whether it be through movies, television shows, or—most notably—through books. Reading has been a huge component of my life, buoying me through good times and bad.

In college, I went through a brief period of what I like to call “book snobbery.” If it wasn’t a classical, acclaimed book, I didn’t want to read it.

I know, I know. Looking back, I want to punch myself in the face.

Then, I landed a job as an English teacher at a large high school, and I realized that to cultivate a love of reading in my students, I had to read what they read.

I realized something else, too: I actually liked it. I liked it a lot.

Through this blog, I hope to share my reviews of the young adult fiction I read, whether it is a popular title, a student recommendation, or just a selection with an interesting cover. I am aiming to provide extra insight as both an adult reader and a teacher, and I’d like to explore ways that young adult books can be used in the classroom.

And, in case you’re curious, here are my top five favorite YA reads (as of today!):

  1. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  2. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  4. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  5. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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