It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a meme hosted by Book Journey with a children's version at Teach Mentor Texts.
Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. I really enjoy how different each of their collaborations are starting from basically the same premise (young adult chronicle their interpersonal romantic relationships through shifting narrators). This one wasn't my favorite (that honor goes to Naomi and Ely), but it was a solidly entertaining read and seeing the same event from different viewpoints was always done in a convincing and compelling way.
Intentions by Deborah Heiligman. Unfortunately, it suffered from the only narrative device I can think of that occasionally distances me from YA. I like to call it "why-won't-you-just-talk-to-someone-about-it-already?itis." That issue aside, Rachel was a narrator lots of girls are likely to find something in common with and her narrative voice is highly enjoyable, although there were a lot of loose ends left dangling while other endings felt too tidy.
Playing with Matches by Brian Katcher. I would have enjoyed this more if I had read it before Almost Perfect as it only pales in comparison. Still, I can't think of an author who captures teen boys better than Katcher and all his characters' flaws make for an emotionally engaging read.
The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith for his author event. It is not at all what I thought it would be, but it is one of the creepiest books I've read in a long time. I have no idea where it's going, but I can't wait to find out.
This week, I'll be finishing The Marbury Lens, then starting Wild Girls by Mary Stewart Atwell for her author event.
What are you reading?