I’ve always been a fan of YA. I think it’s because, when you write from the point of view of a teenager, you’re not so limited in perspective. We allowed our minds to run wild when we were young. Often with disastrous results, to be sure, but what made for traumatic childhood experiences makes for great fiction.
This week I’m listening to The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Gothgirl by Barry Lyga. So far I’m into the story. I love the hero. As the kid who worked very hard at avoiding all the other kids who wanted to torture me in high school, I can relate. My only complaint is the narrator. He’s a bit too angry. Yes, the hero has a horrible life, and the fact that he carries a bullet in his pocket and has a long list of the people who’ve pissed him off (though he says the two aren’t related, his revenge will come in the form of his own success).
I’ll forgive Larry for confusing Fascists with conservatives, and making the conservative character, which the hero refers to as “step fascist.” We’ll just assume it’s the character who’s confused and not the author. The writing is good enough for me to overlook it.
I’ll keep you posted, but if you start on the book, get the print version. This is one of those where the narrator isn’t working for me.
I’m finally, finally reading Allegiant, the last book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I love Roth because a) she’s young and kicking literary butt and b) she smiles on her jacket photos. I like a happy author. My daughter is pressing me to finish the hardback copy we bought, so I should get through this one quickly. I’m thrilled that Tris and gang arrive at Chicago’s O’ Hare airport in this book. It’s my theory that all the people in the building are still awaiting connection flights. Yes, it’s one of those airports I’ve learned to hate.
What I’m writing
I’m about three-quarters through Camp Dogs. This is my story of after-America. Technically, it’s post-apocalytpic. But since there is no war and not even a hint of the undead, I prefer the term “Pre Last Days.” While not YA, one of my primary characters is a sixteen year-old girl who will eventually take over as leader of the Camp Dogs, thus spinning of into the YA follow-up. My current hero is a forty year-old Wall Street Executive who flees west after the final crash. He soon discovers that freedom is not found in wealth and security, but in a willingness to stand and fight for liberty, even at the cost of his own life. I’m enjoying the story and hope it will launch my post-America and dystopian literary YA journey.
And there’s what I’m up to these days. What about you? What are you reading today?