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Fever 1793
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
Adam Rex
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir
Jenny Lawson
Front and Center (Dairy Queen Series #3)
When You Need a Lift: But Don't Want to Eat Chocolate, Pay a Shrink, or Drink a Bottle of Gin - Joy Behar Individual (mostly celebrity) pieces on what do do when you're "down in the dumps": A couple of them were kind of cute, a few others had something I hadn't heard before ("I left living in a syntax of "because" (because I'm too old, I have cancer, of what my father did, I'm shy, etc/) and switched to a syntax of "so that" (I do this... so that my intention is put forward)." Patch Adams), but mostly the same old stuff you've heard a million times before about doing good for others and getting out of your head and exercising. All of which sounds like a good idea, sure, but maybe I mope differently than other people, because helping others requires I put on real clothes, exercising would surely kill me, and my head is like a labyrinth - there is only deeper and deeper: no exits. As a matter of fact the only other piece of advice that I marked, aside from the above bit from Patch Adams, was from actor Marty Ingels , who IMDB tells me was once the voice of Pac Man in the cartoon, who talks about how "For most of the truly creative spirits I know, "down in the dumps" is where they live, where they were born, where they spend most of their time, what they wake up to, fall asleep to, dream about, and have, more or less, adjusted to absolute agonizing perfection." That sounds more realistic to me. (His advice, by the way, is that they find "respites of peace" in their work "the very thing that drives most mainstreamers down there into the doldrums." And it seems true to me, that some people find their joy in their work, and their misery out of it.)