Grayson's Picks of 2009!

Submitted by teenspace on January 4, 2010 - 6:57pm

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Grayson is in the 9th grade from Sebastopol and loves to read.  Here are her top 2009 reads.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman
After being nearly killed in a car crash that took the lives of her parents and brother, Mia watches herself from above and reflects on her life, having to decide whether to live or die.

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
A chilling story of life inside a religious cult.  13 year-old Kyra has been chosen by the powerful prophet to be her uncle's 7th wife-but she's secretly in love with a boy.  In her society this is illegal, and the punishment is truly deadly if anyone finds out.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
A horrifying story of a girl disappearing into the depths of anorexia.  Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her self-hatred unravel in a startling narrative.  As you watch her antagonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life, you can't help but be affected by this disturbing yet beautiful novel.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy, just as amazing as the first, and will leave you dying to read the next book.

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headly
An original and touching story of one "flawed" girl's quest to discover what beauty really means.

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
Marcelo is a 17 year-old boy living with an Aspeger's like condition, and has been sheltered all his life.  One day, his father declares that Marcelo must learn to live in the "Real World", and Marcelo is suddenly thrown into a world of people trying to take advantage of him, pretty girls, and cheating lawyers.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
A real love story, between a girl and a wolf, who unexpectedly transforms into a human- but only until it turns cold.  As the temperature drops, tension builds, tempers flare, and the love between Grace and Sam grows stronger- until she's desperate to stop him from changing back.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
Dessen pretty much rules the romance genre, and her latest does not disappoint, with 2 insomniac, a mystifying guy, one messed up family, a lot of pink, and one long, hot summer.

If I Grow Up by Todd Strasser
The story of a boy living in the projects of New York, who is smart but throws it all away to be in a gang, in order to protect his family.  An interesting look into a world of drugs, crime, and poverty, this book is both funny, sad, and ultimately, moving.

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink
In the nineteenth century, Lia finds that there's an ancient prophecy involving her and her twin sister Alice.  Lia struggles to keep Alice from finding out, and races to untangle the riddle; otherwise there will be consequences of biblical proportions.  A must read for fantasy lovers.

Breathless by Jessica Warman
Katie is shipped off to boarding school after her brother's mental illness becomes too much to handle, and immerses herself into the one thing she can do- swim.  But soon she's drowning in a sea of lies, gossip, secrets, and boys.  Supposedly the book is semi-autobiographical and it leaves you wondering exactly what parts are true and what's fiction.

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