I have signed up to tackle the VC Andrews Challenge (click on the banner to your left) head on and wandered out into the world to buy some secondhand VCA books yesterday. For years I have seen these books populate dusty shelves in the stores I love and yet yesterday, I got nothing. Yes that is correct, Adelaide seems to be lacking in incestual romantic dramas. I am beyond words right now.
I was flabberghasted and still am. I simply could not believe it. I hit some of the major booksellers and couldn’t really justify spending Flowers in the Attic for $20. I love you Steph, but I simply couldn’t do it. Instead I bought three books recommended to me by a whole host of sites, including the Cybils.
So what did I get to soothe my VCA-berefit, ravaged soul?
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
I loved how much life, vitality and kick-ass attitude is embedded in this book. I felt like I was chatting with a girlfriend as it was honestly a really (for lack of a better word) sparky read. Audrey is the girl I would love to have been in high school, or even now. I loved the friendship between Audrey and Victoria and hearing that Robin based the BF on her own BF, Adriana, was beautifully evident.
Mainly I loved me some James. I think I related to him the most of all the characters. Everytime I hear ‘Butter Pecan’ I will think of him.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
I studied Children’s Literature at uni and at no point was this novel every listed or discussed. From all accounts it seems very highly regarded and decorated so I thought I would purchase it. Unfortunately I didn’t get the striking tree and face cover but this one except in bright pink with black writing. Wholly unsuitable in my mind.
I think Anderson’s style is something that made me uncomfortable, which is fitting when you think of the character and the event that changed her. Such short, choppy paragraphs made it difficult to involve myself but I think that was the point. Most of the time I felt like I was walking through a laundanum dream, forced to drift through Melinda’s passive existance. Only the scenes when IT appear did the page jump, Melinda recoiling and clenching in his presence. I think this book is highly effective, powerful but to be honest I don’t know if I want to read it again. Does that make me horrible?
Looking for Alaska by John Green
I was looking for Paper Towns as I have seen several people on LiveJournal gushing over it. I have started reading Alaska and really enjoy what I have taken in so far. His style is so very easy to read, his images easy to conjure up and mostly importantly, the laughs come easily too.
I love the characters so far and their fabulous names – Pudge, The Colonel, Alaska and Takumi. I can’t wait to delve back into the pages, buy his other books and check out www.nerdfighters.com, which sounds like an absolute scream.
So far my favourite scene has to be The Colonel getting kicked out the basketball game, taking pride in his many bootings from the games.
I tried valiantly to get my hands on Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher but Australian booksellers tend to mine the traditional YA author well with sprinklings of Aussie YA authors. I think it’s time to invoke Amazon.com. You don’t believe me, it took me three stores to find the three books above and I had a list of ten books. These three were the only ones I could find. Sigh.
I think I need to return my Book Hunter card. Who I am to give advice?