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WeWereLiarsI love books about rich families on Cape Cod and since the private Beechwood Island, which is the locale of We Were Liars, is off Martha’s Vineyard, this counts. It is the summer home of the Sinclairs…the proper Harris and Tipper, their three spoiled, ‘never  really worked a day in their lives’ daughters and their miscellaneous children.

Cadence, fifteen, is the oldest, followed by cousins Johnny and Mirren. Gat, the nephew of Johnny’s mother’s live-in boyfriend, rounds out the four Liars in this great book by e. lockhart. The Liars are inseparate during the summers, but rarely interact during the year, living in New York, Boston and Vermont.

Summers go by age, so it is Summer 15 during which Cadence has her ‘accident’, in which she is found washed up on the shore one night, scantilly clad. She remembers nothing of how she got there. Since then she has been suffering debilitating headaches.Disreputable

We Were Liars describes Cady’s search to remember.

As always, e. lockhart brings something new to the table. (If you haven’t read The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, what are you waiting for. It is by far one of my favorite books.) There are surprises all through We Were Liars. There are great characters, a wonderful setting and great writing. The more I read, the more I wanted to keep reading.

So prepare yourself for a summer treat. Take We Were Liars to the pool, the park, sit under a shady tree with your favorite refreshment and go to town. You’ll love it.


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Kirkus recently had an article entitled “How to Read Young Adult Novels and Still Hang Out with Adults” (the link is shown below) which, of course, prompted me to make my own list, because YA books are my passion and there are so many that are ‘suitable’ for adult readers. My only criteria for my short and not all inclusive list are (i) that the books are a few years old so that they might have slipped our minds, (ii) they aren’t the well known books, such as The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (which is a great book, by the way) which has been used in adult book discussion groups and (iii) they are well written.


So, here’s the Goldberg List (I’ve tried to satisfy varying tastes):

DisreputableHistoryDisreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart: For those looking for cerebral stimulation, follow Frankie Landau-Banks, as she tries to infiltrate the school’s decades old secret all-male society, the Loyal Order of the Basset Hounds, a society her father belonged to, back in the day.

EonDragoneyeRebornEon: Dragoneye Reborn (and its sequel Eona: The Last Dragoneye) by Alison Goodman: A flawless combination of Asian astrology, mythology, action and fantasy, these books are perfect for science fiction/fantasy fans and those readers who just want to get drawn into a magic world.

FreakShowFreak Show by James St. James:  Follow Billy Bloom, a teenage drag queen as he makes his way through his new conservative high school, Dwight D. Eisenhower Academy, and forges a relationship with the quarterback of the football team, in this hilariously funny as well as serious comedy/romance.

MarceloInTheRealWorldMarcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork: A realistic view of a high functioning Asperger’s teenager and his father’s push to have him acclimate to the ‘real world’. Absorbing and well written.

NothingButGhostsNothing But Ghosts by Beth Kephart: Ms. Kephart is known for agonizing over every word, making some of her books have an ethereal aura to them. Nothing But Ghosts is a literary treat. As described in Kirkus, “A long-buried mystery weaves its way through this delicately layered portrait of a grief-stricken daughter and father that meditates on the nature of loss. A coming of age story with a mystery.”

RevolutionRevolution by Jennifer Donnelly: Historical fiction (also A Northern Light by Ms. Donnelly) combined with some time travel transports Andi Alpers from her 21st century Brooklyn home to the middle of the French Revolution. Wonderfully written and totally engrossing.

TamarTamar by Mal Peet: A story of passion, love and resistance fighters during World War II, this absorbing story rotates between two Tamars, one current day Tamar following clues to find out about her 1940s namesake.

WintergirlsWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson: A haunting look at teenagers and eating disorders.

I could go on, but I won’t. I truly hope you’ll give these books a try.

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