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Your Opinions, Your Chance To Win!

 Got a few minutes? I know, not really. But you might want to make some time to take one of the surveys about The Seattle Public Library’s Homework Help program. Why? Because your opinions matter and will help us improve the Homework Help program. Oh, and also because you could win a $10 Starbucks card.
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Things That Drive Me Crazy In Young Adult Books #10

Say you’re the book Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. You may be wondering why I’ve picked on you so much. You may wish I’d yell at Twilight by Stephenie Meyer for a while. Surely Twilight is just as guilty of driving me crazy. Well, here’s the thing: Everyone complains about Twilight. Complaining about Twilight (along with its counterpart: praising/obsessing about/getting tattoos of characters from Twilight) is a national pastime. So it’s your turn Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini. Because you really drive me crazy. Continue reading

Things That Drive Me Crazy In Young Adult Books #9

Let me start by apologizing to the entire supernatural romance/urban fantasy genre. I’m sure there are lots of realistic books about gang violence or historical novels about wilderness survival that would drive me crazy. It’s possible I don’t read as much of those genres. It’s also possible the supernatural romance/urban fantasy genre is just extra maddening. Either way, it’s ended up in the drive-me-crazy crosshairs an unfair amount. And here it is again. Continue reading

Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #8

Say you’re an ordinary-looking girl—which, let’s face it, most of us girls are. It’s just a statistical fact that only a small percentage of people are really, really good-looking. All of us ordinary-looking people can still have toe-tingling romantic relationships with someone who will fall truly, madly, deeply in love with us but…it’s extremely unlikely that someone will be The Most Beautiful Boy In The Whole World. UNLESS—and now we’re getting to the part that drives me crazy—you are in a young adult fantasy novel. Continue reading

Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #7

Say you’re in some kind of terrible danger like, for instance, as a totally random example, a mob of flesh-eating zombies is trying to get you and you have only a limited amount of supplies in your minimally protective hideout. I have just one little tip for you: DO SOMETHING. Anything. Seriously, even if it turns out to be a bit crazy, it’s still better than sitting there and doing nothing. If you take some kind of action, you at least have a slim chance of surviving.

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Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #6

Say you live in a post-apocalyptic future which is, of course, run by an authoritarian government that has outlawed something you want to do and/or enforced something you don’t want to do. I just have a few questions for you about this world that you will soon be trying to escape from/overthrow/ escape from and then come back and overthrow.

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Things That Drive Me Crazy in Young Adult Books #5

Say you’re a vampire, a 100-or-so-year-old vampire with abilities like super strength and super speed and possibly the ability to hypnotize people and whatever else vampires have in your vampire world. I don’t want to put you on the spot or anything but I was just wondering: why are you attending high school? If you were, say, a teenager who hopes to get a decent job some day, I could understand. But you are in fact over 100 years old. You have probably been to high school already. Why, why, why would you want to GO BACK?

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