These are the books I read this week:
One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus: Five teens enter after school detention. Although the group doesn’t have much in common at the start, by the end of the afternoon they’ll find themselves embroiled in a nightmare situation: one of the teens is dead, and the remaining four are murder suspects. Who is lying? Who knows more than they’re saying? Working together seems like the only way the teens can get to the bottom of what happened, but what if they can’t trust one another to tell the truth?
Part Breakfast Club and part Veronica Mars, this whip-fast novel is pretty smart, holds plenty of teen appeal, and will keep readers guessing until the final pages. Fairly well-rounded teen characters and mostly smart dialogue writing make this a true pleasure to read. I really enjoyed it and tore through it.
Imagine Wanting Only This by Kristen Radtke: This graphic memoir recounts Radtke’s experience losing her favorite uncle to a genetic heart condition, and her subsequent interest (bordering on obsession) in photographing abandoned places all over the world. Jumping around a bit, this memoir traces crucial moments in her young life, her late adolescence, and early adulthood.
Radtke’s drawings are sparse, gorgeous, and moving, and her prose is so powerful. Radtke is a talented writer whose prose rivals her artistic skill. I devoured this one in a single sitting and can’t wait to recommend it to people.
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris: I’ve started watching True Blood as I continue my read-through of all the Sookie Stackhouse books, and the sixth one in the series sees Sookie travel to New Orleans to deal with her deceased cousin Hadley’s estate, as well as a huge vampire summit. The books are still enjoyable–I think Sookie is one of the most charming, quirky characters one can find between the pages of a book–but I definitely think the books continue to decline in quality of story as they progress. I never much cared for Quinn as a love interest (though literally anyone before Bill–ANYONE), and the books are getting longer in page count while still feeling
shorter in content.
So Much I Want to Tell You by Anna Akana: Part memoir, part open letter to her sister who committed suicide when Akana was a teenager, this frank, honest, and emotionally engaging book is a quick read. Known mostly for her YouTube channel, Akana is a decent writer whose aim is to connect with young-ish fans about everything ranging from dreams to relationships. Sweet and slight.
What did you read this week?