1. I’m new to your blog, and I’m enjoying it! I love JF/YA Fiction, so thank you for the review. I’ll have to check it out. As for a “G” author, I really liked Jessica Day George’s Dragon Slippers series, or does The Princess Bride qualify? That’s a fun book too! Or someone on my list to read is Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves, My Side of the Mountain). Good luck!

  2. The BOOK IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SO much better than the movie! THis is one of my FAVORITES! I think it’s really funny that you didn’t want to read it because the author’s last name. Way to break down that barrier! 😉

    If you do read the second one, I’ll be curious for your thoughts. I still get lots of nasty comments on my opinion, but i’m pretty sure they are all generated by people under the age of 15. =)

    Glad you read it and had fun. Now – onward and upward with The Princess Bride!

  3. We enjoyed the movie, and I have a friend who has the whole set of books.

    I recommend skipping The Princess Bride (novel). I found it lacking entirely in charm, which is surprising given the abundance of charm in the film adaptation.

  4. I’m so glad you liked it! This was one of those magical books for me – I couldn’t put it down and the story was just so clever! Books 2 & 3 are fun in the sense they continue and conclude the story, but the first one just take the prize.

    And for the life of me, I can’t think of a single author whose last name starts with G – it’s driving me crazy. : )

  5. Looking for “G” authors? How about Rumer Godden or Elizabeth Goudge? They are both fiction writers who wrote beautifully about real-life issues. Nothing fluffy. Very satisfying.

    I’ll be putting Inkheart on my TBR list.

  6. I second Hope in Brazil. 🙂

    I have a friend whose daughter is reading this one, but I had no idea what it was about. You’ve definitely intrigued me… I’m going to keep this one in mind.

  7. Thanks for the ideas here. I would LOVE to see some more reviews on YA fiction. My girls are at that age, but I am having a time of it, finding YA books that aren’t coming-of-age, first sexual experience, suggestive, or stories with TMI.

    I just finished reading A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly. What a wonderful story, an interesting historical setting, and I LOVE what the author does with vocabulary. BUT. Why couldn’t she have left out the parts about him pressing his body against her, grabbing her breast, kissing deeply etc?? I know from experience what that does physiologically to pure, innocent girls. Well, knowing the story, I understand why it’s in there. But that ruined it for this family. It wasn’t necessary. Not allowed here. Too bad. It’s otherwise a really well-written book.

    Anyway, the point is, when you come across books that don’t include this stuff, please holler loudly! 🙂 And thanks!

  8. Amy


    Have your girls read Hattie Big Sky? It’s an EXCELLENT YA novel. As far as the others I’ve mentioned in this post, I’d recommend any of them except maybe The Hunger Games, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, and No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (an adult book, anyway) as clean reads. There’s nothing at all graphic or really out-of-the-way crude in these other reads, either, except maybe Octavian Nothing, but The Hunger Games does have an element of teenage romance that some people haven’t liked.

    I’ll give you a “shout out” if I come across anything else.

    Oh, Leaving Gee’s Bend is a good one, too. It has a younger protagonist and a birth scene, but nothing extremely graphic. And the baby is born to a married couple into a loving family! 🙂

  9. Thanks, Amy! After I left my comment about The Northern Light, I remembered there were other very not-okay parts to that book. I hope nobody ran out to get it and see how bad it is! Thanks for the recommendations. I am looking for Leaving Gee’s Bend. Just finished the Ladies’ No. 1 Detective Agency series, and you’re right about that one. A good adult read, though. Also just re-read To Kill a Mockingbird; what great literature, but even there I think there are some too-adult themes. So many of the books I read when I was younger I am having to reread… thinking maybe my girls would like the Zion Covenant (Covenant or Chronicles?) series by Bodie and Brock Thoene… the ones with the music titles like Vienna Prelude, etc. Will have to (p)reread those again, too! (Great memory here.)

  10. How about Gail Godwin’s books…Father Melancholy’s Daughter, or The Finishing School, or The Good Husband. The characters are intriguing and well-drawn, though not always understandable. Thanks for the tip about Inkheart, and the detailed review! You definitely make me want to read it.

  11. Great review! You have me curious. My daughter read all 3 books, and the first is definitely the best (according to her, and other reviews I’ve read). I saw the movie, and was intrigued with the story myself. I might have to read this myself.

    Oh–and DO get to the MBS sequels. I just finally read all 3 books this year. I fell more and more in love with them.

    And Mockingjay — August!! Woohoo.

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