Choose the Last Book of December

You, yes, you can decide what our final book of 2010 will be. Your choices are below, and you can only vote once. These titles were selected by Cathie Sue, Emily and myself as books we really want to read. So vote and tell your friends even if they don’t listen to the podcast to vote and we will read and discuss the book for our December podcast.

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You by Charles Benoit

This wasn’t the way it was supposed to go.

You’re just a typical fifteen-year-old sophomore, an average guy named Kyle Chase. This can’t be happening to you. But then, how do you explain all the blood? How do you explain how you got here in the first place?

There had to have been signs, had to have been some clues it was coming. Did you miss them, or ignore them? Maybe if you can figure out where it all went wrong, you can still make it right. Or is it already too late? Think fast, Kyle. Time’s running out. How did this happen?

You is the riveting story of fifteen-year-old Kyle and the small choices he does and doesn’t make that lead to his own destruction.

In his stunning young-adult debut, Charles Benoit mixes riveting tension with an insightful—and unsettling—portrait of an ordinary teen in a tale that is taut, powerful, and shattering. (HarperTeen)

Half-World by Hiromi Goto

Melanie Tamaki is an outsider.

Unpopular and impoverished, she is the only child of a loving but neglectful mother. She barely copes with surviving school and life. But everything changes on the day she returns home to find her mother is missing, lured back to Half World by a vile creature calling himself Mr. Glueskin. Soon Melanie embarks on an epic and darkly fantastical journey to Half World to save her mother. What she does not yet realize is that the state of the universe is at stake….

Award winning author, Hiromi Goto’s novel is an adventurous, genre-bending fantasy of shape-shifting characters, tortured half lives, and redemption. (Penguin)

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris until she meets Etienne St. Claire: perfect, Parisian (and English and American, which makes for a swoon-worthy accent), and utterly irresistible. The only problem is that he’s taken, and Anna might be, too, if anything comes of her almost-relationship back home. (Amazon.com)


Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter 

Life in a small town can be pretty boring when everyone avoids you like the plague. But after their father unwittingly sends them to stay with an aunt who’s away on holiday, the Hardscrabble children take off on an adventure that begins in the seedy streets of London and ends in a peculiar sea village where legend has it a monstrous creature lives who is half boy and half animal. . . .

In this wickedly dark, unusual, and compelling novel, Ellen Potter masterfully tells the tale of one deliciously strange family and a secret that changes everything. (Feiwel & Friends)


Fat Vampire: A Never Coming of Age Story by Adam Rex

Doug Lee is undead quite by accident—attacked by a desperate vampire, he finds himself cursed with being fat and fifteen forever. When he has no luck finding some goth chick with a vampire fetish, he resorts to sucking the blood of cows under cover of the night. But it’s just not the same.

Then he meets the new Indian exchange student and falls for her—hard. Yeah, he wants to bite her, but he also wants to prove himself to her. But like the laws of life, love, and high school, the laws of vampire existence are complicated—it’s not as easy as studying Dracula. Especially when the star of Vampire Hunters is hot on your trail in an attempt to boost ratings. . . .

Searing, hilarious, and always unexpected, Fat Vampire is a satirical tour de force from one of the most original writers of fiction today (Balzar + Bray)

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5 comments for “Choose the Last Book of December

  1. anne rhodes
    September 8, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    FAt Vampire was a huge disappointment! I really thought I was going to like it but actually hated it. Midway through the book the main character turns so obnoxious that you can hardly stand it. I know he’s a vampire but didn’t expect him to become so disagreeable. This books starts out nerdy and fun and has such promise but takes an incredibly weird turn.

    I was going to booktalk it at an event that our public library holds for local teachers and librarians but I wouldn’t encourage libraries to buy it.

  2. cathiesue
    September 8, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Hi Anne, Cathie Sue here. Thanks for commenting!!!!!
    Actually, I had the opposite first reaction (eye-rolling, heavy sigh, etc.) I began to “get it” as I was reading the novel. We’re not really supposed to like Doug. I know many teenagers who exhibit most of the same behaviors. 🙂 Not that they appreciate it in their peers either, but they do get the point. Potato-Potahto. Our library has 8 reserves on it already. It’s not an award winner but a teen reviewer from VOYA gave it a 5Q4P. Best, Cathie Sue

  3. September 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

    i think it’s really interesting to see such strong opposite reactions to this book. if it doesn’t get chosen for the podcast, looks like i’m going to have to read it anyway just to see which side i’m on!

  4. October 27, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Benoit’s You was amazing! It has stayed with me for days afterward– which definitely isn’t always the case with some YA lit. There are some that I couldn’t remember a title the next day after finishing it.
    I am planning to go back and read his previously published books. I am definitely a fan– the book will be a sure hit with my students– reluctant readers will flock to this once I booktalk it. I can’t wait to see the reaction.

  5. adrienne
    October 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Hopefully the votes hold out *crosses fingers* and “You” wins. I enjoyed reading it also. I, too, found the story stayed with me days after I finished it. Less than one week to go…

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