What does a literary-minded youngster do when faced with a pile of homework that they do not actually want to accomplish? Read, of course! If you yourself are one such youngster, then read on for further recommendations on what to read when you are doing battle with homework or needing to relax after slaying a test.
Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan. If you haven’t yet been exposed to David Levithan (or even if you have) and you need something light and fluffy, Boy Meets Boy is the choice for you. It’s a cute romance that left this reader happily squealing and flapping her hands about because it’s just so gosh-darn cute. The book is centered on Paul, a sophomore in high school, who meets Noah, a fellow student. The book maps the ups and downs in their relationship, while also including stories about Paul’s friends, ranging from Infinite Darlene (who is both the homecoming queen and the quarter-back) to Tony (whose parents won’t let him go out with a boy). Yes, this is queer literature, but the cuteness of this book makes it lovable to everyone.
The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. Here we have another adorable, fluffy romance, albeit totally untraditional. It’s written from the perspective of Don Tillman, a university professor in Australia who decides it’s time for him to find a wife. In order to do so, he devises a survey to find the perfect woman, but when he meets Rosie, he realizes that maybe what he was looking for isn’t at all what he needs. As a fair warning, this book reads like it’s really written by a science professor, which threw me off. However, once the reader gets used to the tone, it’s no longer a challenge.
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame Smith. Yes, we all know about spunky Elizabeth Bennet and dreamy Mr. Darcy. But did you know about the version that involves both of them as badass zombie killers? Fast-paced and witty, readers can happily spend an afternoon with a new version of Jane Austen’s English countryside, rife with zombies just waiting to eat you on every page.
The Statistical Probability of True Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. In 24 hours, Hadley, reluctantly going to her father’s wedding, and Oliver, reluctantly going to a funeral, fall in love (or at least like) when they are seated on a plane next to each other. This was cute, fun and light, but nothing more. It’s great if you can’t think any more but need something to read.
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger. This happens to (somehow) be the only non-romance book on this list. It’s a great introduction to steampunk, a genre that can be described as Sherlock Holmes combined with steam-powered machines and gears everywhere. It features Sophrania, a 14 year-old-girl who thinks that she’s going to hate boarding school, only to learn that not only will she learn not only how to be a perfect young lady, but an adept spy as well. It’s funny, and very lighthearted.
All right readers, be off and read fluffy literature!