There is a room in this school no one knows about but me. If I could teleport, I’d be there now.
Author: Robin Roe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Published: January 10, 2017
For People Who Liked: Perks of Being a Wallflower, All the Bright Places, We Are the Ants, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Target Audience: Teens or family members of teens with mental illness (specifically ADHD), LGBT readers, teenage boys.
If I were an agent/acquisitions editor, would I select this for publication based on the opening chapter?:
I think I would! For a debut author, the writing is solid, with some nice, well-thought out descriptive language while still maintaining a realistic narration for a high school setting. The protagonist is sympathetic, going through very real high school situations. You immediately feel for and relate to him. Obviously bullying is not a new concept for teen stories, but it’s one that should continue to be portrayed as accurately as possible, because it still is a persistent issue in schools that probably won’t ever go away so long as kids don’t get along.
I don’t know where it’s going based on the opening chapter alone, but the synopsis is definitely intriguing. I’d pick it up to finish in the future and recommend it to teenagers going through similar ordeals.
A single syllable
pregnant with meaning.
Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published: January 24, 2017
For People Who Liked: Sarah Crossan, All the Bright Places, Perks of Being a Wallflower
Target Audience: fans of poetry and novels in verse, LGBT teens, readers looking for ethnic diversity in YA.
Would I select this for publication based on the opening chapter?:
Absolutely without hesitation. I’m not a fan of reading poetry often, but this grabbed me right away. It’s got personality. It’s not a huge info dump, nor is it saying anything too new, but it’s doing it in a unique format. Within the first twenty pages, we get a good sense of diversity, discussions of sexuality, and hints of the protagonist’s broken home. It sounds like a lot, but Hopkins drops these little seeds of shocking details in such subtle ways. If you’re not used to reading poetry, Hopkins presents it in an accessible way, so don’t let that intimidate you!
I hate this feeling. Like I’m here, but I’m not. Like someone cares. But they don’t. Like I belong somewhere else, anywhere but here, and escape lies just past that snowy window, cool and crisp as the February air.
Books that made me cry. They all made me cry for different reasons, but I do have to say that Tricks by Ellen Hopkins was super mentally draining, so reader beware. If you’re already feeling super depressed, I wouldn’t read it.