Here’s to another instalment of Re(ad)commendations! I know, I’m amazed at my ability to punctually post articles as well. If you missed out on last month’s book recommendations, I have graciously linked the article here. Without any further ado, let’s get into some good literature.
1. The Beginning of Everything
by: Robyn Schneider
When to read it: When the weather’s nice (which is hardly ever in Toronto) and there’s an empty spot on the park bench.
What it’s about: The beginning is rather mind-blowing (literally). The rest of the book basically follows the plot of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me” music video: attractive wholesome teenage boy is dating the high school queen bee, meets the new girl who has a girl-next-door type personality, falls in love with the new girl. However, it is so much wittier and not nearly as annoying as the music video. Sorry Swifties.
2. The Outsiders
by: S.E. Hinton
When to read it: When you feel as if it’s been too long since the last time you’ve wholeheartedly bawled over a piece of literature.
What it’s about: First off, it’s so much more than the source of the now infamous “Stay Gold” quote emblazoned everywhere. This novel explores the disparitybetween the rich and the poor, and how the essence of family is prominent in both sides of the socioeconomic spectrum. You’ll also fall in love with each and every one of the characters, from the soft-spoken Ponyboy Curtis (Yes, that’s his real name. Yes, it is absolutely amazing) to the street-hardened Dally Winston. Fun fact: Hinton was seventeen when she wrote this heartbreaking novel. In comparison, I can barely compose a mediocre tweet.
3. Prisoner B-3087
by: Alan Gratz
When to read it: Any time except directly before going to sleep, or else horrific nightmares shall ensue.
What it’s about: No, it is not “another Holocaust story”. Yanek Gruener, a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, is at the mercy of the Germans. Seems pretty typical so far, doesn’t it? Well here’s where it gets intense. Yanek is branded as PRISONER B-3087, and continues to survive ten concentration camps, two death marches, and a ghetto, solely by the power of human will. If you don’t believe me, read the next seven words carefully: it was based off a true story. Dare I say it, this might be the next “Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank.