“Silver Linings Playbook” by Matthew Quick

My boyfriend and I love the movie.

So then I read the book. The book is pretty different from the movie which is like any other movie that is based off the book. Whenever I read the book after I watched the movie or vice versa, I don’t expect both of them being exactly the same so I treat them as two different stories.

If you were expecting everything in the book to be exactly like the movie, you’ll be disappointed. Some people might see it as more “gloomy” than the movie. Pat Peoples goes through a lot of downs throughout the book and takes you along along with his nagging desire to be back with his ex-wife which makes you want to say “please don’t act so stupid.” In the book, the relationship with his brother is very deep which is something I don’t remember seeing in the movie. And his relationship with his father and mother is a lot more tumultuous than the movie. Of course you can’t fit all that in the movie.

One of my favorite parts of the novel is when he reads the assigned literature from his ex-wife’s school syllabus because there books I read back in high school too. He does wonder would a teacher assign depressing books to children — what were they going to learn from it? It’s been so long since I’ve read those books, I forgot why I read them. I just remembered someone or everyone dies in the end. And then there’s this part where Cliff says:

“Life is hard, and children have to be told how hard life can be…So they will be sympathetic to others. So they will understand that some people have it harder than they do and that a trip through this world can be a wildly different experience, depending on what chemicals are raging through one’s mind.”

I tend to forget this is why we read literature in the first place. I guess when I hear people’s “problems” (silly ones like “my lavish dream wedding is so expensive”) and people get pre-occupied with this problem. Maybe this is why I sometimes like to share stories I read around the internet or quote books I’ve recently read. For second they’ll tell me “after you told me this story, I feel so stupid” — they get back to their senses for a second or a day and then go back to their first world problems. For years after high school, whenever I meet a not-so-sympathetic person and/or a self-absorbed, I always told myself “clearly this person doesn’t read much literature or watch a lot of news.” I’ll talk more about this another time. I’ll admit sometimes my allusion-filled and current-events-filled interventions go a little too far.

I feel the movie left a few things to our imagination. The book was more explicit towards the end. I can’t really really say anything without spoiling it.

It was great book for my rides on the train to work. I knew if I didn’t put it down, I’d miss my stops (haha).

“Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg

(credit: Wired)

This was actually an awesome book — it definitely exceeded my expectations. I’ve read a lot of self-help books and career-oriented books and listen to lectures but it didn’t make me feel satisfied. I just felt the person who was delivering the lecture or their points just wasn’t relate-able.

There were some chapters that did not apply to me because I don’t have children. Another thing I was worried about was that it only applied to working moms but I’m she also talked about unmarried working women too.

I have encounter some of these situations in my life. Not myself personally but I remember about three years ago I had a colleague talking about her boyfriend (now  husband) about a certain situation. You see my colleague who is around my age dated her boyfriend for only 3 months but they already encountered this situation. At the time, my colleague was thinking about going to pursue nursing and her boyfriend wanted to become a cop. Both of them didn’t like each other’s career paths. My colleague didn’t like her boyfriend to become a cop because of the odd hours and the fact that he has to start working in the prisons. Her boyfriend didn’t want her to pursue nursing because of the odd hours when she should be spending time with their hypothetical family. I wish I learned the term “Leaving Before You Actually Leave” earlier and told her “what’s wrong with her guy pursuing becoming a cop and her becoming a nurse? Those hours may not fit the lifestyle you want right now but I think it will pay off in the long run.” They never pursued their dream jobs. After 3 months of dating at the time, they already left before they had to leave.

I also learned to make sure your partner is a real partner. When I first got laid off, my boyfriend told his HR and she wanted to talk me about it. After talking with her and giving her my resume, she gave me advice about my next job hunt. One of the first things she listed was “Decide what you like to do and definitely include your SO in the decision. His support is very important.” Well also I think vice versa is the same — my support for his work is important. He’s working full-time and going to school full time. There were some quarters when he went to school on Friday night and then  Saturday morning which was tough because we were use to going out on Friday nights together. I didn’t think going out to parties and events on Friday nights by myself as terrible — I knew it was going to be only temporary — let’s see what happens next quarter.

Probably one of my most favorite parts of the book was about single professionals needing work-life balance.

[T]he single woman interjected that she was tired of people not taking her need to have a life seriously. She felt that her colleagues were always rushing off to be with their families, leaving her to pick up the slack. She argued, ‘My coworkers should understand that I need to go to a party tonight — and this is just as legitimate as their kids’ soccer game — because going to a party is the only way I might actually meet someone and start a family so I can have a soccer game to go to one day!’ I often quote this story to make sure single employees know that they, too, have every right to a full life.

I really wish I read this book when I first started working a full-time job because I encountered situations where being unmarried, childless working professional meant picking up the slack for married professionals. Actually, my said colleague felt like she was already married to her boyfriend at the time and was always in a rush to leave work and left me to pick up the slack and I kept getting more work. It got worse when she got engaged because she was already planning her wedding and her mind wasn’t at work and then got pregnant (yes in that order — not married yet). I remembered people would ask me if I was ok. I told them I felt overwhelmed and I felt as though I was picking up everyone’s slack. Talking about it didn’t really change the situation though. I felt if your personal life is getting in the way of being  good in your job, it’s time to look for another job that caters to your lifestyle.

But anyways I thought that the book did exceed my expectations. I think every woman will find a little bit of themselves in this book.

Why does The Hunger Games matter

It is clearly not a stupid book. Maybe it might get people into reading. Maybe…

Almost everyday me and a couple of my friends like to talk about The Hunger Games where we say things like “which book are you on? And what chapter?” or “which of the books did you like better?” In the conversation, there will always be somebody who will say “What is the book about?” and I give the short answer “It’s about children that kill each other.” They either don’t say anything or tell me back “Oh, I don’t even like reading.” I give the short answer because there’s no point in giving a long answer about the trilogy if I were to get such a reply like that anyway. And I get that type of reply most of the time or the conversation turns into Twilight.

I got my boyfriend into reading The Hunger Games, then I bought Catching Fire and Mockingjay. He really enjoyed The Hunger Games because after every chapter he’ll ask me a question or make a comment or predict what’s going to happen next.

I read an article what happens to brain when reading fiction. It promotes empathy because when reading fiction, we get the opportunity to go inside someone’s thoughts and persepective and somehow find ourselves practicing empathy outside of a book.

When my boyfriend was reading Catching Fire (warning: SPOILER!), he asked me “why did the Peacekeeper shoot the man from District 11? Was it because he was whistling?” He thought it was ridiculous and I told him “It’s not too different in the real world. People get killed for doing seemingly innocent actions all the time.” Then the following day, we were watching CNN and there was a clip on an American teacher killed in Yemen. After the clip was over I told him “see? No different here!”

The best thing I like out of The Hunger Games Trilogy is inspiring people like my boyfriend to not just get into reading, but be more aware.

Still to this day, I’ll don’t understand people who don’t like to read. No matter how much I convinced them a good book. I don’t think I’ll ever understand.

Books I’ve read this month

This month I’ve read through 4 books–that’s about 1 book a week. Didn’t think I could do it!

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins- So I finished this book and I actually liked it better than the first boo. I felt the pace of the book went faster and there were more plot twists than the last. I’m looking forward to read the third and final book.

2. Letters of Vincent Van Gogh –  If Vincent Van Gogh had a blog he’d keep going and going and going. Very intimate and his writing very much full of life.

3. Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua – I usually borrow books from the library and if I like a book so much, I’ll buy it and lend the book to everyone and this is definitely one of them. Honestly I don’t understand the media hoopla even the front cover gives it away that reading it requires a sense of humor. I had fun reading some passages to my boyfriend and he goes “see now you understand why I act the way I do.”

FYI, her oldest daughter has a blog and she’s no robot child.

4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – What attracted me to read this in the first place was that this book has been rejected 60 times by different literary agents and it reminds me that the lesson is to never give up. Anyways I love the style where you read from three different voices and they’re different from each other as they come but they all come together through a book project.

My boyfriend read only the first few pages, he said “this is a little messed up the maids are called ‘the Help’.”  I think I should buy the book too to have my boyfriend to keep reading.

กบในกะลา

“Frog in a coconut shell” – Thai Proverb
I got this postcard from Pattama of Thanyaburi, Thailand. I think the stamps are the prettiest stamps in my collection yet! Why can’t International postage stamps be prettier?

On the other note…

So today is the last day of banned books week and I wanted to do a review of the Twilight series because it’s actually in the list of banned books. But the thing is I only read half of New Moon and I couldn’t finish it because I didn’t like the book. I was pretty surprised it was banned because the plot is just another love story and I learned to find out that it was banned because there are SURPRISE–vampires and werewolves. Like I said–who are these people who ban books?

Also another note what was the first banned novel you’ve read?

I was thinking about the first time I read a banned book. I was 11 years old reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. Go back two years earlier, I remembered for reading time my 4th grade teacher read us the The Giver and when I got to read it in middle school as a class assignment, I was surprised how much of the stuff I didn’t remember back in 4th grade like the bath tub scene or that “release” meant euthanasia and she didn’t read the last chapters of the book. It seem as though my 4th grade teacher meant to skip those parts out.

The North Korean version of The Giver was about a boy who got the job of being able to receive dreams and memories while no one else can. That the Giver was like some sort of magician who is able to touch and transmit memories to the main boy and then the boy uses his received powers to calm a crying baby. My 4th grade class was wowed away. Reading the book myself in in 6th grade– when we were first assigned I thought I knew the story but actually reading and FINISHING the book I thought “what was my 4th grade teacher reading?”

Banned Books Week: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Posting reviews of banned books I’ve read since the start of this blog.

I’ll be reviewing Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut also known as Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty Dance with Death, by Kurt Vonnegut, a Fourth-Generation German-American Now Living in Easy Circumstances on Cape Cod [and Smoking Too Much], Who, as an American Infantry Scout Hors de Combat, as a Prisoner of War, Witnessed the Fire Bombing of Dresden, Germany, ‘The Florence of the Elbe,’ a Long Time Ago, and Survived to Tell the Tale. This Is a Novel Somewhat in the Telegraphic Schizophrenic Manner of Tales of the Planet Tralfamadore, Where the Flying Saucers Come From. Peace.

 

Though it was published in 1969, it’s been on and off again the U.S. as a banned book. Here’s a recent article--recent as in 2011! Why is it a banned book? Various reasons it’s obscene, there’s “fairies”, vulgar language, it’s anti-war, it questions free will and the list just goes on.

Just looking at the list of banned books makes me think “who are these people? What are they?” Do they read the book thinking

“Sex? Drugs? Non-white people??? I am so scandalized!” BANNED!

I really enjoyed reading Slaughterhouse Five it’s the fifth book I’ve read from Vonnegut. I find every line of the book very quote worthy. Other books I’ve read from him are Cat’s Cradle, Slapstick or Lonesome No More, Breakfast of Champions, and Galapagos.

Warning: It’s absurdist. No linear plot. It’s repetitive, he get to revisit parts of his life his childhood, his marriage life, his death. It’s not for everybody.

Banned Books Week: Naked Lunch by William Burroughs

I remembered reading this book last year and telling people what was the latest book I was reading. There was always a reaction such as “say what?” or “so…why did you want to read this book?” I remembered the hesitation from my roommate when she asked me “so…umm…how was Naked Lunch?”

Calm down honey badgers, just because there’s the word “Naked” in the title doesn’t mean it’s porn!

I was also mocked for reading it. When my friend (who graduated with an English degree) read the opening line:

“I can feel the heat closing in, feel them out there making their moves, setting up their devil doll stool pigeons, crooning over my spoon and dropper I throw away at Washington Square Station, vault a turnstile and two flights down the iron stairs, catch an uptown A train…”

And ends it with “what the heck Julie? Why DID you want to read this book?”

I do like books that doesn’t follow a conventional language structure–it could be plot structure, it could be sentence structure. It may turn off some people but I think if you can pull it off, it can be brilliant! Just reading something unconventional just opens up your mind and makes you think why did they write the style they did. Structure goes beyond explicit symbols and motifs.

Naked Lunch was a wild read and it was not easy read either. You really can read the chapters in any order–it’s really that non-linear.

Why was Naked Lunch banned–the moment you read it, the reasons are pretty given. Featured is child murder, pedophilia, raw language, drug use, and homosexuality.

Banned Books Week: Reviewing Hunger Games and Catching Fire

Since it’s Banned Books Week Until October 1st, I’m going to post reviews of banned books I’ve read since the start of this blog.

So to start off I’ll review the first two parts of the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. This was on the 2010 banned books list.

Why is the Hunger Games series a banned book?

The Hunger Games trilogy takes place in an unidentified future time period after the destruction of the current nations of North America, in a nation known as “Panem.” Panem used to consist of a rich Capitol, located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains, and thirteen surrounding, poorer districts which cater to the Capitol’s needs. As punishment for a previous rebellion against the Capitol wherein the thirteenth district was supposedly destroyed, every year one boy and one girl from each of the remaining twelve districts, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are selected by lottery and forced to participate in the “Hunger Games.” The Games are a televised event where the participants, called “tributes,” must fight to the death in a dangerous outdoor arena until only one remains. The winning tribute and his/her corresponding district is then rewarded handsomely. It is required viewing for everyone in the districts.

(source)

Challenges: violence, inappropriate for age groups, causes nightmares

This book definitely lives up to the hype and I usually don’t like books that everyone is so hyped up about.

To me, what makes a good book is if I can draw some parallels to current events. Something that makes me think. Something that challenges me in some way. My favorite type of books are usually set in some sort of dystopia.

I do think Hunger Games qualifies for what makes a good book in my definition. It makes me think how people are into reality TV and what it’s like to be into reality TV. Like in reality TV you are this certain character that you’re portrayed in front of the camera for the audience, yet you are yourself. It’s hard to explain without trying to spoil it for you. I’m really trying to do a review without revealing the story. But think of any person reality who gets the bitch edit but they’re not really bitches in real life.

The book has anti-war tones…It made me think about our troops–being a volunteer yet still a pawn. Coming in with good intentions and come out a scapegoat. Attacking for the sake of shock and awe but nothing truly accomplished…just casualities and sad families.

I think what got me into with this book was that there’s so many references from classic and ancient literature. The whole idea came from Theseus and the Minotaur. It’s the longer version of “The Lottery” meets Orwell meets every Greek hero stories (I took a class on different heroes across different times–Katniss is definitely a Greek hero). This author is very well versed.

The only problem I do have with Hunger Games series is that in the first book Katniss can come off as annoying but it doesn’t stop me from not liking the book. She does develop in the next book, Catching Fire. She seems more mature and aware–the tone and way she just carries herself  is just different. I’m still reading it but so far I think it’s better than the first book–much more twisted.

To you, what makes a good book?

More to come: Naked Lunch, Slaughterhouse Five, and New Moon (yes it’s exactly what you think but it’s going to be a very short review)

Banned Books Week: 2000-2009

Here’s from between 2000-2009.

The ones in bold are the ones I’ve read at some point in my life.

What banned books have you read?

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling 
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck 
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou 
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky 
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain 
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16Forever, by Judy Blume 
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger 
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee 
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry 
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut 
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey 
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor 
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park 
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison 
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle 
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine 
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume 
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

Banned Books Week: List from 1900-1999 for the most frequently challenged books

From September 24 – Oct 1st is Banned Books Week.

Anyways here’s a list from 1900-1999 for the most frequently challenged books.

The ones I put in bold are books I’ve read at some point in my life.

(source)

 

Some of them I was pretty surprised–look for #87.

  1. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
  2. Daddy’s Roommate, by Michael Willhoite
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
  4. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
  6. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  7. Forever, by Judy Blume
  8. Bridge to Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
  9. Heather Has Two Mommies, by Leslea Newman
  10. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  11. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
  12. My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
  13. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
  14. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  15. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
  16. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
  17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  18. Sex, by Madonna
  19. Earth’s Children (series), by Jean M. Auel
  20. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
  21. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
  22. The Witches, by Roald Dahl
  23. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  24. The New Joy of Gay Sex, by Charles Silverstein
  25. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
  26. The Goats, by Brock Cole
  27. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
  28. Anastasia Krupnik (series), by Lois Lowry
  29. Final Exit, by Derek Humphry
  30. Blubber, by Judy Blume
  31. Halloween ABC, by Eve Merriam
  32. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
  33. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
  34. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
  35. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters, by Lynda Madaras
  36. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
  37. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
  38. The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton
  39. The Pigman, by Paul Zindel
  40. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  41. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
  42. Deenie, by Judy Blume
  43. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  44. Annie on My Mind, by Nancy Garden
  45. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  46. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
  47. Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat, by Alvin Schwartz
  48. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling
  49. Cujo, by Stephen King
  50. James and the Giant Peach, by Roald Dahl
  51. A Light in the Attic, by Shel Silverstein
  52. Ordinary People, by Judith Guest
  53. American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis
  54. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  55. Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
  56. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
  57. Asking About Sex and Growing Up, by Joanna Cole
  58. What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons, by Lynda Madaras
  59. The Anarchist Cookbook, by William Powell
  60. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
  61. Boys and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
  62. Crazy Lady, by Jane Conly
  63. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
  64. Killing Mr. Griffin, by Lois Duncan
  65. Fade, by Robert Cormier
  66. Guess What?, by Mem Fox
  67. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
  68. Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
  69. Native Son, by Richard Wright
  70. Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies, by Nancy Friday
  71. Curses, Hexes and Spells, by Daniel Cohen
  72. On My Honor, by Marion Dane Bauer
  73. The House of Spirits, by Isabel Allende
  74. Jack, by A.M. Homes
  75. Arizona Kid, by Ron Koertge
  76. Family Secrets, by Norma Klein
  77. Mommy Laid an Egg, by Babette Cole
  78. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo A. Anaya
  79. Where Did I Come From?, by Peter Mayle
  80. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
  81. Carrie, by Stephen King
  82. The Dead Zone, by Stephen King
  83. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
  84. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
  85. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
  86. Private Parts, by Howard Stern
  87. Where’s Waldo?, by Martin Hanford
  88. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Greene
  89. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
  90. Little Black Sambo, by Helen Bannerman
  91. Pillars of the Earth, by Ken Follett
  92. Running Loose, by Chris Crutcher
  93. Sex Education, by Jenny Davis
  94. Jumper, by Steven Gould
  95. Christine, by Stephen King
  96. The Drowning of Stephen Jones, by Bette Greene
  97. That Was Then, This is Now, by S.E. Hinton
  98. Girls and Sex, by Wardell Pomeroy
  99. The Wish Giver, by Bill Brittain
  100. Jump Ship to Freedom, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier