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Laurie Halse Anderson
Sixteen: Stories About That Sweet and Bitter Birthday
Megan McCafferty, Sarah Dessen, Jacqueline Woodson, Carolyn Mackler, Steve Almond, M.T. Anderson, Julianna Baggott, Cat Bauer, Emma Forrest, David Levithan, Sarah Mlynowski, Sonya Sones, Zoe Trope, Ned Vizzini, Joseph Weisberg, Tanuja Desai Hidier
Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story
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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3)
Until The Real Thing Comes Along - Elizabeth Berg This book fits into the "too close for comfort" shelf so well I had to create one just for it. Now, I may not have a gay best friend that I'm in love with, or do a ridiculously poor job of selling houses, but the baby-craving to absurd levels (as in "maybe you should stop staring at other people's children before someone calls the cops on you" levels)? Hell yeah: I'm right there. And Berg is one of my favorite authors, and she tackles the subject maybe a little bit too well, because the book made me uncomfortable. I did not want to find out how Patty solved her problems, mostly because I knew it would not be a solution applicable to my problems. Also, Patty's ability to shield herself from things she doesn't want to recognize (they are too long and spoiler-ish to list here, but trust me, as a reader you see them coming from miles away & a few of those plot points were also uncomfortably close to my own experiences dealing with family and friends) was, perhaps, also a little bit too close to the bone for me. Usually, seeing characters I can relate to is what reading is all about for me, but, as much as I enjoy Berg's writing style and her ability to describe things in concise and apt ways - "I always thought I'd have five or six children, and I have imagined so many lovely domestic scenes featuring me and my offspring. Here we are outside on a hot summer day, running through the sprinkler, The children wear bright fluorescent bathing suits in pink and green and yellow; I wear cutoffs and a T-shirt. There is fruit salad in the refrigerator. Later, I will let the older ones squirt whipped cream for the younger ones; then, if they pester me enough in the right way, I'll let them squirt it into their mouths - and mine." - I almost couldn't finish the book, it was that bad. Melancholy mood to begin with, add a dose of (much too realistic) fiction, and even one of my favorite authors gets a bad rating, unfortunately.