Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Written in Verse

What am I reading now?  Elevated (Elana Johnson)

Annnd . . . what do I think so far?  I highly recommend this book! I bought it the day it came out, started reading right away, couldn't put it down until I finished it, and then started telling all my reading friends to get it.

The book is written in verse, so it's a very quick read, but there is so much emotional impact that you won't be disappointed with the time spent.

The last person seventeen-year-old Eleanor Livingston wants to see on the elevator—let alone get stuck with—is her ex-boyfriend Travis, the guy she's been avoiding for five months.

Plagued with the belief that when she speaks the truth, bad things happen, Elly hasn’t told Trav anything. Not why she broke up with him and cut off all contact. Not what happened the day her father returned from his deployment to Afghanistan. And certainly not that she misses him and still thinks about him everyday.

But with nowhere to hide and Travis so close it hurts, Elly’s worried she won’t be able to contain her secrets for long. She’s terrified of finally revealing the truth, because she can’t bear to watch a tragedy befall the boy she still loves.

Books in Verse
Other books I've enjoyed that are written in verse:

Out of the Dust (Karen Hesse)
This gripping story, written in sparse first-person, free-verse poems, is the compelling tale of Billie Jo's struggle to survive during the dust bowl years of the Depression. With stoic courage, she learns to cope with the loss of her mother and her grieving father's slow deterioration. There is hope at the end when Billie Jo's badly burned hands are healed, and she is able to play her beloved piano again. 

Taken by Story (Angela Morrison)
Leesie Hunt has many rules: No kissing. No sex. No dating outside the Mormon faith. When Michael Walden?a deep-sea diver who lost his parents in a violent hurricane?arrives in town, Leesie sees someone who needs her. They fall for one another, even though his dreams are tied to the depths of the ocean and hers to salvation above. Will their intense chemistry be too strong to resist? Leesie and Michael must make the hardest choice of their lives: whether to follow their beliefs or their hearts. Readers will be swept away by this tale of forbidden romance told in online chats, Leesie's chapbook poems, and Michael's dive log. 

And of course
Theodor Seuss Geisel
And since it's almost March 2nd--Happy Birthday, Dr. Suess!

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