So I am currently reading Love and Other Four Letter Words by Carolyn Mackler. I wanted to read something by her because she gave a really moving speech at this year’s SCBWI conference. She seemed so funny and engaging and you just couldn’t help but like her. She even read from her high school diary on stage which was really interesting because the entries were all about liking boys and superficial things like that, but she said that the thing that really stuck out to her on re-reading them was the things she wasn’t saying. Apparently she had had kind of a rough childhood and none of her problems with her family were in the diary. She said that’s what she wants to capture in her books is that underneath the surface part of her characters.
In any case, that’s why I wanted to read some of her books. Her most recent one was not in my library, so I decided to start with her first. And to be honest, I really am having a hard time getting into it. I think partly it is because this is not my genre and my high school life was nothing like this. Well, the first part is not fully true, I LOVE chick-lit adult books, but I’m having trouble with YA chick lit. Maybe it is because I was not dating and going to parties with my friends (like most of the other kids were doing) duing high school. I was at home reading, studying, and generally wishing I was cool.
I haven’t gotten that far into the book yet, so I really want to give it a chance. Maybe I’ll love it.