The Fatboy Chronicles– an exceptionally good book for young adult readers by Lang Buchanan is being made into a movie. Check out the trailer below:
The book, written in journal form, chronicles a 14-year-old boy’s freshman year in high school and his struggles with weight, self-image and the attitudes of family, friends, classmates and teachers. Based on a true story, the day-to-day struggles of this young man are not isolated to his weight alone. His story is one that rings true for everyone who has ever felt out of place, isolated or alone for whatever reason. A must read for young adults.
Another young adult book that I really found interesting and a fun read ( and it’s October, so there is no better time for a ghost story):
Ruined by Paula Morris
Ruined follows the story of Rebecca, a 17-year-old New York girl who finds herself dropped off in New Orleans to stay with her tarot-reading eccentric “aunt” while her father is out of the country on business for several months. Once Rebecca arrives in New Orleans, ( a place she was barely aware of before Hurricane Katrina) she is hit with culture shock and realizes that New Orleans and all it cultural and societal idiosyncracies is a completely different world. One of her first glimpses into the strangeness of the world she is visiting involves a stern warning from her aunt to stay away from Lafayette Cemetery that adjoins her property. That warning becomes a sort of temptation to Rebecca- as is true with most teenagers- and when she witnesses a group of her classmates going into the cemetery one late night, she gives into the temptation and follows them. What she witnesses there that night pulls her further into a world of secrets, century and a half old mysteries and a curse that has haunted a family for generations. This was a fun read with just the right amount of chills. a perfect Halloween read.
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