Wednesday, February 29, 2012

YA Highway Road Trip Wednesday #11: Leap Day Edition!


"Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic." Today's question on the YA Highway Road Trip is: 

What was the best book you read in February?

I feel like I'm under a self-inflicted burden to give a really good answer, because Leap Day won't occur on a Wednesday again until 2040! This means the odds are fairly good that I will never answer another Road Trip Wednesday question on Leap Day. (I'm thinking this will be an excellent Question for the Future). Well, I'm going to try not to buckle under the pressure of this once in a lifetime opportunity.

My favorite book of February is one of the two Gillian Flynn novels I read, Dark Places or Sharp Objects. They're similar, but not because they echo the same themes or characters, except perhaps in the broadest way. It's difficult to pick one over the other because they're just both really great. I read each in one sitting, staying up way past my bedtime. 

Both novels deal with female protagonists in their twenties who are coming to terms with horrible events from their childhoods that have bled into the present. They're classified as "adult" mysteries, but they have total crossover appeal for an older YA audience. If you like "tough" heroines like Katniss (who live in the world of the here and now) you'll love Flynn's novels.

Flynn has a new novel, Gone Girl, coming out in June, so I have to wait a while before I get my next Flynn fix. Sad face. As a side note, Flynn will be attending the Horror Writers' Stoker Weekend from June 16-19, which hosted by Bram Stoker's great-grandnephew. Sounds kind of awesome!

11 comments:

  1. These sound really interesting. Do they fit the "New Adult" genre?

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    1. They're too good! Can't stop singing their prases.

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  3. Oh those sounds very interesting. I'll have to check them out in the future. I like tough heroines and mysteries.

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    1. They really are interesting. I can't wait till June!

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  4. Ooh, I've never heard of Gillian Flynn. I must check her out.

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  5. These sound great! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. You're very welcome! I'm still thinking about them, which is always a good indication of quality in my "book." (Bad but unintentional pun!)

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  6. Yes yes! I like these things! - female protagonists dealing with traumas from their past, that is. Plus, I love the covers of these books. I've heard of them both too, so that's a plus. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Met too! I randomly stumbled across her work via Amazon Recommends, so I feel lucky.

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