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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Friday Hops- August 12

 Friday Fun!

*First Line Friday at A Few More Pages.
*The Friday 56 at Freda's Voice.

Book: Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey
"Jasper Jones has come to my window. I don't know why, but he has. Maybe he's in trouble. Maybe he doesn't have anywhere else to go."  -Opening lines
"See, Batman is different. He's mortal. He's got a real life to risk. Superman just has to avoid Kryptonite. Big deal...Batman has the same vulnerabilities as the rest of us, so he has the same fears as us. That's why he is the most courageous...My point is this: the more you have to lose, the braver you are for standing up."-p. 56   (The main character, Charles, and his friend are fighting over who is braver, Superman or Batman.)

Jasper Jones is the town's juvenile delinquent, yet he needs Charles to help him with a problem.  But as you see from the second quote, Charles is still a young teen interested in super heroes.

Hosted by GReads
Q. Author Block Party: 
If you could gather a handful of authors to hang out with, 
who would you choose?
A. I'd pick my favorite YA authors:
John Green
Libba Bray
Chris Crutcher
David Levithan
Cassandra Clare
Shannon Hale
Markus Zusak
Pete Hautman
Patrick Ness


Featured blog: Jake at Teen Fiction Centre.  Congratulations, Jake!

Q. How has your reading habits changed since you were a teen? or If you are still a teen what new genres are you in love with currently? 

A. YA Lit didn't exist when I was a teenager, or just barely.  I read a lot as a pre-teen and young teen, then barely read in high school at all. When I did I liked reading romances.  Sigh.  They were so tame in comparison to what teens read today.  Ha-ha.  I remember swooning when the characters kissed hard.


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  2. I forgot to mention my one year of reading Romances. LOL! Slipped my mind. ;)

    I'm also I new follower of yours.
    My Friday Entry @ For The Love of Reading!

  3. Great opening lines. The conversation sounds like one a couple of childhood friends of mine might have had long ago.

  4. I like your opening lines and your p. 56 excerpt. That one especially reveals so much about the characters(super heroes!).


  5. Happy Frday and new follower

    Lydia @ Sensual Ride


  6. John Green was on my longer list. I finally have one of Libba's books. I can't wait. I've heard she is so funny.

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  7. Hahah I love your answer! I don't know what I'd do without YA, but I still love romances. Have a great weekend!

    Here's my FF!

  8. Hi!
    Sounds interesting. I'll have to check this one out. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  9. I was a romance reader when I was a teen too! You are right -- much more tame.

    I keep reading people's lists for their block parties and want to add to mine! I should have thought of John Green! Great list.

  10. What a fun 56! Thanks for participating!

  11. LOL. I love that you said that you love when the characters kissed hard. I still love that. I think it adds to the sexual tension more than when the characters actually get in bed with each other.

  12. interesting! i love that graphic book cover! (hahaha - the swooning i can identify with hahahaha!)

  13. You were reading tame romances while I was reading Anne Rice. . .


  14. Hopping through. I would love to meet Cassandra Clare. I adore her books.
    My Hop

  15. Wow. That is tame compared to some of the teen books out there today. I like the cutesy teen books now though, like Sarah Dessen's books. I never read YA as a teen, but I love it now.

    Have a great weekend!


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