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Elements of Fiction
Most Envy-Inducing Plot (Or, the plot you wish you’d thought of yourself.): The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler.
The premise: It's 1996, and Josh and Emma have been neighbors their whole lives. They've been best friends almost as long - at least, up until last November, when Josh did something that changed everything. Things have been weird between them ever since, but when Josh's family gets a free AOL CD in the mail,his mom makes him bring it over so that Emma can install it on her new computer. When they sign on, they're automatically logged onto their Facebook pages. But Facebook hasn't been invented yet. And they're looking at themselves fifteen years in the future.
By refreshing their pages, they learn that making different decisions now will affect the outcome of their lives later. And as they grapple with the ups and downs of what their futures hold, they're forced to confront what they're doing right - and wrong - in the present.
Go ahead. Admit it. You wish you thought of it too.
Most Wonderful World-Building: Divergent by Veronica Roth
The story may take place in future dystopian Chicago, but I was totally there. The factions and their inner-workings and intra-connections. The world of the Dauntless. Yep. I was there too.
Most Formidable World (Or, the setting you most definitely would NOT want to travel to.): Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
You couldn’t pay me to live on that island. You could guarantee me an agent and a publisher tomorrow and I still don't know if I'd go live there.
Okay, maybe for that I'd visit.
Wanderlust-Inducing (Or, the setting you’d happily travel to.): Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
The story takes place in Prague. The Charles Bridge, the Poison Kitchen, the maze of streets that seem haunting yet beautiful. And did I mention the story takes place in PRAGUE? My brother’s been to Prague twice and I’ve always been jealous of his Czech travels. After reading Daughter of Smoke and Bone, I really want to start saving for my own trip.
Loveliest Prose: Shatter Me by Taherah Mafi
My life is four walls of missed opportunities poured in concrete molds.
I always wonder about raindrops.
I wonder how they're always falling down, tripping over their feet, breaking their legs and forgetting their parachutes as they tumble out of the sky toward an uncertain end. It's like someone is emptying their pockets over the earth and doesn't seem to care where the contents fall, doesn't seem to care that the raindrops burst when they hit the ground, that they shatter when they fall to the floor, that people curse the days the drops dare to tap on their doors.
I am a raindrop.
He's paranoid, though with good reason. But then he's patient and impatient with me. Excited and nervous all the time. He's a walking oxymoron.
Killing time isn't as difficult as it sounds.
I can shoot a hundred numbers through the chest and watch them bleed decimal points in the palm of my hand. I can rip the numbers off a clock and watch the hour hands tick tick tick their final tock just before I fall asleep. I can suffocate seconds just by holding my breath. I've been murdering minutes for hours and no one seems to mind.
I wish I had just an ounce of Mafi’s brilliance.
Best First Line: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
There is nothing more humiliating than being topless in the backseat of your boyfriend’s car when someone decides to throw an egg at the windshield.
Heck yeah, I’m reading on. Here’s just a few more lines.
Wait. Scratch that.
Having your boyfriend jump off of you, climb out of the car, and chase after the guy, completely forgetting that you’re still half-naked—that trumps it.
And there is one thing even worse than that.
Having it happen repeatedly.
LOVE that book.
Most Dynamic Main Character: Emerson (Hourglass by Myra McEntire)
Emerson's biting sarcasm, her ability to take care of herself, her quick wit. She can’t help but blurt the truth (her edit button’s broken). When she learns someone can see her “hallucinations” too, what does she do? Punches him in the stomach. Emerson’s loyal and has no problems putting the needs of others before herself. She can be so loving one minute, and blow up the next. And the girl spouts out words like Shazam. And geez a lou. And describes her new circle of er…friends as “Team Freak. Wonder if we could get jerseys.” Um…did I mention how much I love her? She’s totally adorable.
Most Jaw-Dropping Finale: Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Okay, so maybe the ending wasn’t completely jaw-dropping, but I can’t stop thinking about it.
Best Performance in a Supporting Role: Miss Nebraska aka Mary Lou aka Queen Josephine (Beauty Queens by Libba Bray)
A country girl with a feral heart. She was the most authentic and most relatable character and probably grew the most over the course of the story. And, well…I loved how she went from being all innocent and not sure she should go for it to uninhibited Bodacious Pirate Queen.
Best Use of Theme: Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
The story’s basic premise is a sex strike by girls who want to stop the civil war between the soccer and football teams. And without preaching, the book tackles sex stereotypes and overall feelings towards sex. Um…and in case you didn’t get this—it’s about sex. Enough said.
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