In keeping up with the #KeepYAWeird tour, I had the chance to hear about some great books that you might’ve missed over the years. Since this column was created specifically to point out books or series from all over the spectrum of time and not just new, the newest books — a list of these “weird” YA books fit perfectly into that goal. First off though, let’s talk The Alex Crow.
Again, Andrew Smith brings to life a teenager that I can relate to on so many levels. The inherent wish to hide away from life, to lock one’s self up in a refrigerator — okay a tight place that’s dark and quiet — and just avoid everything. Ariel finds himself a new family in his merry band of boys at camp. The wild ups and downs of the plot include multiple threads that weave itself into a whole and unite a group into a precious rag-tag, loyal group that once they find their niche, survive multiple life-death situations to get their truly ordinary ending. Don’t underestimate the joys of normalcy.
Although I do have some questions:
What animal do you wish was not extinct and still around today?
Do we think Andrew is a fan of Winnie-the-Pooh?
Clowns — scary or no?
Cats — lucky or bad luck?
Crows — truly bad omens?
Did you ever attend camp and how was it?
These questions might be a complete non-sequiter especially if you haven’t read the book — for reasons, check out this preview and catch up with the rest of us.
Wanna get to know Andrew a bit better and see him in his natural habitat… check out this Goodreads interview:
A couple of books for you to check out if you would like to keep your reads this month weird:
Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini: Jeremy Heere is your average high school dork. Day after day, he stares at beautiful Christine, the girl he can never have, and dryly notes the small humiliations that come his way. Until the day he learns about the “squip.” A pill-sized supercomputer that you swallow, the squip is guaranteed to bring you whatever you most desire in life. By instructing him on everything from what to wear, to how to talk and walk, the squip transforms Jeremy from Supergeek to superchic.
Badly in need of self-confidence and a change of image, high school nerd Jeremy Heere swallows a pill-sized super computer that is supposed to help him get whatever he wants.
Going Bovine by Libba Bray: All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.
Can Cameron find what he’s looking for?
And lastly, have you entered to win Six (6) Books, a #KeepYAWeird tote and button?