It's not really fair.
This RTW is not fair to all the other books I read in August.I read so many fantastic books, but only one can be the best book of the month.
And this is an excruciating choice.
August was a good reading month for me.
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
Stolen by Lucy Christopher
How to be Popular by Meg Cabot
Paper Towns by John Green
Looking for Alaska by John Green
How to Ruin your Boyfriend's Reputation by Simone Elkeles
Dirty Little Secrets by CJ Omololu
and The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch
They are all such great books.
Several authors are ones I've read before and like more and more as I work my way through their titles (John Green, Simone Elkeles).
I loved Simone's characters in this book-- they were complex and amazing. They had realistic problems that were portrayed in a thoughtful way.
I wish John Green's friends were my friends. Could they be more witty, clever or hilarious? I want to hang, John. Call me.
Others are authors whom I've heard about but never read, and was pleasantly surprised to find I liked their work (Jim Lynch, Meg Cabot, Sarah Dessen). These are authors whose books I will continue to read.
Jim Lynch is my nature-writer YA- mentor right now. I hope to one day write a book like this.
Meg Cabot's book was cute and fun, her characters jumped off the page. This was not a heavy read but I enjoyed it. It explored themes that are important to girls (and boys, too) of this age group-- how do I fit in?, what am I willing to do to fit in?
Sarah Dessen's characters are multi-faceted and living in a harsher, more difficult world than that of Meg Cabot's. They are so honest and vulnerable.
There were a few that I could NOT stop talking about. Books that stayed with me, that worked their way into my subconscious and had me rethinking my preconceptions (Stolen, Dirty Little Secrets).
Stolen kind of blew my mind. Never have I so despised a character who slowly wormed his way into my heart. Darn you, Ty!
And Dirty Little Secrets opened my eyes about mental illness, about how it is just a small bit of a person's personality and does not have to be the defining characteristic.
But unfortunately for all of these incredible books, I also re-read one of my favorite books of all time this month, The Shadow of the Wind. It is still my favorite among these, but by only a small lead.
I would recommend ALL of these books to a friend.
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