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Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

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by Lizzie Skurnick, Laura Lippman (With), Meg Cabot (With), Jennifer Weiner (With), Cecily von Ziegesan (With)

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Remember that book you read at that time in your life when everything seemed to be going crazy—the one book that brought the world into focus and helped soothe your raging teenage angst?

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Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Melissa_W More than 1 year ago
Lizzie Skurnick's new book muses over all those teen/young adult books we all just read to tatters. Spanning over one hundred years of YA - Laura Ingalls Wilder, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Louisa May Alcott, Lois Duncan, Judy Blume, Madeleine L'Engle, Beverly Cleary, Katherine Paterson, Joan Aiken, Paul Zindel, Robert Cormier - Skurnick's essays, and those by contributors such as Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman, and Jennifer Weiner, cover approximately one hundred beloved books, and, just like our favorites, this book is very, very hard to put down. There's a little something for every type of reader, too. If you haven't read the majority of books covered in Skurnick's pieces, get yourself to the nearest library or bookstore and start reading with Shelf Discovery to point the way! Shelf Discovery is a winding trek back through the library trips and under-the-cover-with-flashlight reading sessions of my childhood and adolescence; I enjoyed every minute of it and I now have a towering list of books to re-read (I have to dig them out of my parents' basement first).
Rita913 More than 1 year ago
I had to read this book for a book club. It took me 6 hours to plow through it. I can read almost anything and find it interesting. This, however, gave me "the nods". It was boring and repetitive. As a compilation of blogs, I realize there will be repeated themes. As such, perhaps merging similar genres, or perhaps different blogs about the same author, would have made this more interesting. Instead, there were two chapters about Laura Ingalls Wilder, two about Jean Auel, several for Judy Blum. Not to mention, when discussing the "young love" genre, several about sex, rubbing your special place, etc. What a boring person this writer must be, with a boring library. Did you read no detective novels, no horror, no war, no horse stories, no science/fiction fantasy (one Madeleine L'Engle mentioned)? There was one chapter that had a prisoner of war in it, but was set in the United States.
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Reading this book is like attending an elementary/ jr. high school reunion. You'll revisit old friends and find new ones. I am now deep in the "Flowers in the Attic" series after reading this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago