So my favorite book of all time is… Drum roll!
The Only Alien on the Planet –
by Kristen D. Randle
I first picked up this book when I was in middle school. It was in the teen section and I was on a Sci-fi high (not a Sci-fi book). I saw the cover and instantly thought, yes! And then I took it home to read. Not only is it not a sci-fi book about a lonely alien trying to get back home, it’s not your average teen read. At least that’s what I thought when at eleven I wanted to read it over and over again. I grinned, my eyes got teary, I got angry, all from this book. The new cover… I’ll admit, not a fan of.
Smitty Tibbs is the boy who doesn’t speak, doesn’t laugh, and students avoid him like the plague. Ginny Christianson has just moved to town and doesn’t realize there are unspoken rules about interaction with Smitty. With her persistent curiosity Ginny is able to unmask a secret about Smitty some would have rather kept hidden. I love this book and still re-read my battered copy.
EDITED: And! Today happens to be my 21st birthday! And I was sick all day… Yay!
The Hero and the Crown –
by Robin McKinley
I was assigned to read The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley in the fifth grade and no one wanted to read it (including me). I was in that phase where I didn’t want to read anything assigned to me especially because I’d hated all of the previously assigned books. Everyone complained; the boys didn’t want to read a book with a girl protagonist and the girls were turned off by this cover on the right->
But once I started reading I realized its story was similar to many of the books I had been staying up late to read in the middle of the night. Aerin’s voice carried me throughout the entire book through royal lineage, a destiny, dragons, knights, mystery, and love.
The Hero and the Crown is one of those classic fantasy novels where the princess is itching to escape the castle and goes against everything that is expected of her.
From childhood, Aerin had been haunted by the story of her mother-a “witchwoman” who enspelled the king and then died in childbirth, leaving behind a newborn daughter and an heirless land. Left to her own devices, Aerin grew up wild, doing her best to live up to her reputation as the disappointment of the realm. But little did the young princess know the long-dormant powers of her mother would wield their own destiny, and leave Aerin with a duty to her scornful homeland that she couldn’t refuse (Amazon).
Jane Eyre –
by Charlotte Brontë
The moment I read the first chapter of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë I was floored by its grittiness (compared to the Jane Austen novels I previously devoured). Jane has a distinct voice, almost cruel in its honesty. I would stay huddled in the corner of my seat on the bus to school, escaping into Jane Eyre’s unfair and eerie world. I wanted the other characters to understand Jane the way I understood her, to realize most of them weren’t anywhere near as sophisticated as she was.
An orphan unwanted by her relatives, Jane Eyre is a coming of age story about a girl thrust into the woes of life and love. Until at eighteen, she becomes a governess and meets the “brooding” Mr. Rochester. As much as I wanted to dislike Edward Rochester, I fell for him just as Jane did. Not only a Gothic Romance which had me cringing more than once, this is a story about a girl who refuses to be placed in the boxes society has made for her.
Check this out: JANE – by April Lindner
Forced to drop out of an esteemed East Coast college after the sudden death of her parents, Jane Moore takes a nanny job at Thornfield Park, the estate of Nico Rathburn, a world-famous rock star on the brink of a huge comeback. Practical and independent, Jane reluctantly becomes entranced by her magnetic and brooding employer and finds herself in the midst of a forbidden romance (Amazon). RD: OCT 2010