Posts Tagged ‘young adult fiction’


i know it’s over, by C. K. Kelly Martin features the raw, honest emotions of sixteen-year old teens, as seen in the following quote:


I love her so much, only the love is all pain now.

i know it’s over, by C. K. Kelly Martin


And in Martin’s book trailer.


While reading this book, I was reminded of the song “Brick“, from Ben Folds Five‘s album, Whatever and Ever Amen.


C. K. Kelly Martin, however, was reminded of different songs. Here is the book playlist that she has posted on her website:


1. Ten Days Late – Third Eye Blind

2. Feel It In The Air – Beanie Sigel

3. There She Goes – The La’s

4. Unsent – Alanis Morissette

5. Poster of a Girl – Metric

6. The Scientist – Coldplay

7. S.O.S. – Rihanna

8. Stickwitu – The Pussycat Dolls

9. Get The Party Started – Pink

10. Whenever, Wherever – Shakira

11. Deep Inside of You – Third Eye Blind

12. The Lonely End of The Rink – The Tragically Hip

13. Lose Yourself – Eminem

14. Hot In Herre – Nelly

15. Rockstar – Nickelback

16. Show Me What You Got – Jay-Z

17. I’m With You – Avril Lavigne

18. Sometimes Wanna Die – Joydrop

19. It’s Over Now – Paddy Casey

20. Landslide – Dixie Chicks version

21. Times Like These – Foo Fighters


UPDATE: C. K. Kelly Martin talks about why she strongly associates music with each of her books on Bookluver-Carol’s Reviews.


Which songs did this book remind you of?


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Here’s another fun saying:

…like peanut butter on ________ mind.

as in:

Tell Suzie she’s a lucky cat, which, even if it hadn’t been for the whole genius thing, I still would have been able to remember verbatim, because sentences like that are like peanut butter on a girl’s mind.
 (I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You, by Ally Carter)

Photo taken by Nathan Huth, http://www.flickr.com/photos/huthfamily/

Photo taken by Nathan Huth, http://www.flickr.com/photos/huthfamily/

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GLBTQ Teen Books

In honour of the Day of Silence, I thought that I would post a list of some great GLBTQ teen books:

Absolutely, Positively Not, by David Larochelle

Sixteen-year-old Steven DeNarski doesn’t know if he’ll pass his driver’s test or if he’ll ever understand his parents, but there’s one thing he’s sure of: he’s absolutely, positively NOT gay. He sets out to prove it by collecting photos of girls in bikinis, sitting at the jock table at school, and dating like crazy. “Absolutely” takes a humorous look at the life of a regular boy who’s finding out what it takes to be a real man.

Annie on my Mind, by Nancy Garden

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings. 

Bermudez Triangle, by Maureen Johnson

Nina, Mel and Avery have been best friends since they were tiny. But one summer can change everything. When Nina goes away for a month, she comes back to find the world has changed. Mel and Avery have their own secret: one Nina can’t be part of.

Boy Meets Boy, by David Levithan


This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world

Luna, by Julie Anne Peters

Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives?

Parrotfish, by Ellen Wittlinger

When Angela cuts off her hair, changes her name to Grady, and begins to live as a boy, her family and friends have trouble accepting the change.

Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez

Three teenage boys, coming of age and out of the closet. In a revealing debut novel that percolates with passion and wit, Alex Sanchez follows these very different high-school seniors as their struggles with sexuality and intolerance draw them into a triangle of love, betrayal, and ultimately, friendship. 


For more great GLBTQ teen books, check out these book lists:

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Wow! Just Wow! 

Here is my blurb (in 10 words or less) of:

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

(winner  of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award)


Masterfully told page-turner with a complex plot and unforgettable characters.

For another absorbing story featuring death, family secrets and romance, try:


Mistik Lake by Martha Brooks

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I am always struck by great opening lines, like the opening line of the book that I am currently reading:

My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (winner  of the 2009 Michael L. Printz Award)


Did that line pique your interest? It certainly piqued mine!

Here are some other opening lines that I have enjoyed recently:

It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.
Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

I was born with water on the brain.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Better brace yourself, / loser. / Because you / are about to be dumped. / Big time.
What my Girlfriend doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones.

I knew today would be ugly.
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande

There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
 –The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

To read more opening lines, see:

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In the spirit of the Blurbing Book Club, here is my blurb (in 10 words or less) of:

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

A thought-provoking look at identity, biomedical ethics, and mortality.

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