Friday Fifteen

Friday is back, and with it comes another Friday Fifteen, in which I review fifteen books in fifteen words or less.

1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Hated Holden initially for losing the foils; ended up enjoying the book as a whole.

2. In the Hand of the Goddess (Song of the Lioness #2) by Tamora Pierce
Alanna (still a knight-in-training) gets to do a little more fighting this time.

3. The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno
Sad, sweet take on what happens when a boy detective grows up.

4. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Rich kids are running wild. Fanny Price holds it together. She deserves better than Edmund.

5. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Combines my love of ducklings and my love of the Boston Public Gardens.

6. The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
Religion and sex ed clash in suburbia. Don’t remember too much about it.

7. The Worst Years of Your Life: Stories for the Geeked-Out, Angst-Ridden, Lust-Addled, and Deeply Misunderstood Adolescent in All of Us by Mark Jude Poirier
Probably expected too much based on the title, but I was disappointed in this collection.

8. My Family Vacation by Dayal Kaur Khalsa
A favorite growing up. Still think about it when I stay in a hotel.

9. The Natural by Bernard Malamud
Roy Hobbs got what he deserved.

10. Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft by Paul S. Boyer, Stephen Nissenbaum
Read for class on Salem Witch Trials, looks at social hierarchy in Salem.

11. The Judge: An Untrue Tale by Harve Zemach and Margot Zemach
Another picture book I loved, mostly because the unjust are eaten by a monster.

12. Witch Water by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Second in the series. Made me distrust crows.

13. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Killing yourself over your teenage relationship that’s lasted four days? Not a good idea!

14. Karen’s Wish (Baby-Sitters Little Sister Super Special #1) by Ann M. Martin
Will Nanny be back from the hospital in time for Christmas? Spoiler: Yes.

15. Making a Good Writer Great: A Creativity Workbook for Screenwriters by Linda Seger and Silman-James Press
Bought this in 9th grade without noticing it was for screenwriters. Solid advice for beginners.

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