Monday, August 21, 2006

Secret Garden



For those with a subscription to the Novelist database, my July 2006 "What We're Reading" column is up. Called "Secret Garden" (all these columns share names with Springsteen songs) it looks teen ficiton that is a little more serious than Gossip Girl, a little more sexual than Meg Cabot, and no doubt a lot more controversial than most young adult novels for showing teenage girls thinking, talking, and engaging in sexual activities. This crop of four new books by female authors (and one by a male/female writing team) go deep into recounting what happens when teenage girls enter the secret garden of love, sex, and all its gritty complications.

  • A Bad Boy Can be Good For A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone
  • The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart
  • Good Girls by Laura Ruby
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
  • Sandpiper by Ellen Wittlinger

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