Monday, August 5, 2013

Back to Business: WHEN IS YA NOT YA?

Currently at the top of my tbr pile is...
 

Book description from Amazon:
 
It is 1930, the midst of the Great Depression. After her mysterious role in a family tragedy, passionate, strong-willed Thea Atwell, age fifteen, has been cast out of her Florida home, exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for Southern debutantes...
Here's how it's cyber-shelved and scored:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


Here are a few other titles I've been wanting to explore.
Book Description from Amazon:
 
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant...
 
 Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
 

 Book Description from Amazon:
Lee Fiora is an intelligent, observant fourteen-year-old when her father drops her off in front of her dorm at the prestigious Ault School in Massachusetts...

#14 in Books > Literature & Fiction > Literary

 

Book Description from Amazon:

...a heartbreaking and redemptive novel about an intrepid girl who challenges the injustice of the adult world—a triumph of imagination and storytelling...

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Stephen Chbosky, Markus Zusak and a few others are sometimes able to cross the line into sorts that begins with the category "Literature & Fiction." Still, for the majority of YA authors, I wonder whether being sorted first as "Teens" and then, with sad frequency (even if it's not the key theme of the story) "Love & Romance," predisposes those in POWERFUL SORTING POSITIONS

(term of art a conscious nod to Ally Condie, whose brilliant MATCHED is classified as
 #49 in Books > Teens > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy   
#55 in Books > Teens > Love & Romance )

to consider the words between the pages in a less literary light.

HMMM???? Thoughts????

1 comment:

slywit said...

I wouldn't call The Kite Runner YA at all. It's a look back at someone's childhood more than a coming of age. More importantly, it's not a book I recommend lightly because the subject matter is very difficult.