Librarian's Closet June 2017 Reading List
Boy Proof by Cecil Castellucci
Egg is a little complicated. She is exactly what she comes off as and at the same time doesn't believe a word of what's really going on. It's not until a new boy, Max, transfers to her school that she starts seeing people in a whole new light, including herself. Is it too late to change from Egg to Victoria?
This is a surprisingly good book. From the back description, I had assumed it would be overly flowery and kissy but I found out it more had to do with Egg's infatuation with the fictional world of her favorite movie and the neglect of her real life. Egg just automatically assumed everyone else was the same and that she was the only one truly different. She wanted to be exactly like her idol and refused to develop into her own person. Max was so indifferent to her imaginary plight that she had to completely rethink what she was doing with herself and what she was going to do in the future.
My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since they were little and E.T. was the highlight of the summer. As teenagers things took a very wrong turn while they were experimenting with acid. Gretchen stopped being herself that night. She became something darker, violent, and merciless. After pushing everyone else away through tricks, Gretchen has only one person to turn to. Not even Abby herself is sure she can free her friend from the demon lurking in her body.
Such a freaky book! It's not even the subject itself but the way Hendrix describes everything. He goes into just enough gory detail to churn stomachs without it being flat out gross. There are several parts that are silly but considering it takes place in the 1980s, I'll let that slide. I don't think I've read such a disturbing book in years. I'd reread My Best Friend's Exorcism anytime.
The Clique by Lisi Harrison and Yishan Li
The Clicque is a pretty standard story about two girls butting heads after one moves into town. Claire does not fit in the way Massie has and friction causes both girls to make poor choices in attempts to out do each other. It'll take something big for them to come to an understanding but will even that be enough?
I actually really like this graphic novel. It makes for a good palate cleanser and is over all not badly written. The art is good but not amazing. A standard manga inspired comic.
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
This is what you get when you mix a college-age boyfriend, prom, a lie, and a cute boy. Gia's boyfriend Bradley breaks up with her just as they were going to her school's prom. Instead of owning up to the incident, she enlists a near by boy to be her stand-in Bradley. It all would have worked out perfectly if the real Bradley hadn't stepped back into the picture and Gia hadn't fallen for the stand-in. Lucky for her, it'll work out in a round about way.
This is another one that makes for a great palate cleanser. It's kinda on the silly side but it's cute and teaches a few great lessons about consequences and how you treat people. I actually started to like Gia towards the end after she started to realize that maybe she wasn't usually a nice person.