Monday, March 18, 2013

Wallflower Read-Alikes

Ever since word got out that Stephen Chbosky's edgy teen novel Perks of Being A Wallflower was being adapted into a film, it's been impossible to keep the book on the shelf (much less the movie). Now, by popular demand, are some read-alikes to check out while you patiently wait for your turn to read this classic novel:

Looking for Alaska, by John Green: Miles (a.k.a. "Pudge") leaves his predictably boring life for Culver Creek Boarding School. Here he makes friends with a quirky bunch of troublemakers and misfits. But none stick in his mind more than the doomed Alaska Young.

13 Reasons Why, by Jay Asher: Clay comes home to find a box on his front porch. A box from classmate Hannah, who committed suicide a few days earlier. Could the box hold a clue about why Hanna did it? And did Clay play a role in her demise?

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist, by Rachel Cohn: Two teens, both recovering from bad relationships, meet by chance and discover they have much in common. But first this potential couple must survive an unforgettable night.

The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton: If you haven't read this classic coming-of-age novel, you need to! Ponyboy and his greaser friends are at constant odds with the town rich kids. But when his best friend kills a rival in self-defence, the two must flee or face the consequences.

Going Bovine, by Libba Bray: Cameron is content to coast through life--until he is given only a few weeks to live. But with this diagnosis comes an otherworldly ultimatum: Save the world, and you'll be cured. Can Cameron ditch his slacker ways for this? Funniest! Book! Ever!

Hold Still, by Nina LaCour: Caitlin's best friend, Ingrid, commits suicide, leaving Caitlin aftaid to make new friends or even experience anything fun. Then Caitlin discovers Ingrid's journal and learns what was going on with her friend. Eventually Caitlin opens herself back up to the world--and learns to heal.
Still not finding what you want? Stop by the Teen Desk and ask the librarian on duty for more recommendations--AJB

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