Alright so we move on to the next few books that Dr. Ellington has recommended, personally for me. Let’s see why.
The first book we’ll evaluate today is Perfect by Ellen Hopkins. This book is the second one in her Impulse series and was a Children’s Choice Book Award Nominee for Teen Choice Book of the Year (2012). It receives a 4.35 out of 5 star rating according to Goodreads.
“Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there.
Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother Conner spiraling toward suicide. For her, perfect means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body—no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. To score his perfect home run—on the field and off—Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back. And Andre realizes that to follow his heart and achieve his perfect performance, he’ll be living a life his ancestors would never understand.
Everyone wants to be perfect, but when perfection loses its meaning, how far will you go? What would you give up to be perfect?”
This book sounds perfect for me. There is no such thing as perfect, because perfection means something different to every person. Many individuals, including young adults, strive for their version of perfection everyday, sometimes resorting to extreme measures that can sometimes be dangerous. I think that I would enjoy this book very much, especially with the diversity in the characters, it will be interesting to sort of examine each one’s psyche.
Next is Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp. A sports themes realistic fiction book, it is rated 3.72 on Goodreads, but hasn’t won any literary awards. Personally I have never been interested in sports related books, yet I do occasionally love a tear-jerkin, underdog comes out-on-top, triumphant sports movie…
“In a small Oklahoma town, one star linebacker must decide what kind of man he wants to be–both on and off the field.
Welcome to Kennisaw–where Friday night high school football ranks right up there with God and country, and sometimes even comes in first. This year, the Kennisaw Knights are going for their fifth straight undefeated season, and if they succeed, they’ll be more than the best high school team in the eastern Oklahoma hill country–they’ll be legends.
But the Knights’ legacy is a heavy weight to carry for Hampton, linebacker and star of the team. On the field, he’s so in control you’d think he was able to stop time. But his life off the field is a different story. His father walked out on him and his mom years ago, and now his mom has a new boyfriend every week. He’s drawn to a smart, quirky girl at school–the type a star athlete just isn’t supposed to associate with. And meanwhile, his best friend and teammate Blaine–the true friend who first introduced Hampton to football back when he had nothing else–is becoming uncomfortably competitive, and he’s demanding Hampton’s loyalty even as Hampton thinks he’s going too far.
This unforgettable novel is the story of a boy whose choices will decide the kind of man he becomes, and raises powerful questions about sportsmanship, loyalty, and the deceptiveness of legends.”
I actually think I would enjoy this book. A boy from my class was the State Wrestling Champion his senior year and he didn’t even get to graduate because he was expelled from school for dealing marijuana. He could have been a sports legend to many fellow wrestlers and a role model for other boys, yet off of the mat he wasn’t a person to think very highly of.
Another recommendation for me is Inexcusable by Chris Lynch. Thisbook was a nominee for the Abraham Lincoln Award and rates a 3.09 on the Goodreads’ scale. I think from the synopsis I agree with Dr. Ellington for choosing this book for me. What has he done?? I can jump to a conclusion pretty quickly, but I might not be close at all… What do you think?
“Keir Sarafian knows many things about himself. He is a talented football player, a loyal friend, a devoted son and brother. Most of all, he is a good guy.
And yet the love of his life thinks otherwise. Gigi says Keir has done something awful. Something unforgivable.
Keir doesn’t understand. He loves Gigi. He would never do anything to hurt her. So Keir carefully recounts the events leading up to that one fateful night, in order to uncover the truth. Clearly, there has been a mistake.
But what has happened is, indeed, something inexcusable.”
My final recommended book for yours truly that I will preview today is Luna by Julie Anne Peters, another realistic fiction novel that has received a National Book Award Nominee for Young People’s Literature. It also receives 3.92 out of 5 stars. This sounds like one of those books that are hard to read, but even harder to put down because of their important and sometimes uncomfortable content.
“Regan’s brother Liam can’t stand the person he is during the day. Like the moon from whom Liam has chosen his female namesake, his true self, Luna, only reveals herself at night. In the secrecy of his basement bedroom Liam transforms himself into the beautiful girl he longs to be, with help from his sister’s clothes and makeup. Now, everything is about to change-Luna is preparing to emerge from her cocoon. But are Liam’s family and friends ready to welcome Luna into their lives? Compelling and provocative, this is an unforgettable novel about a transgender teen’s struggle for self-identity and acceptance.”