The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.
Each month we get a new theme and choose our favorite book for the theme. The participants get to vote for their favorite.
To narrow this down, I’m sticking with YA books I’ve read in the past year. Recently I reviewed Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (review). I loved the zombie-added alternate history take by this author, and Jane, her intelligent, snarky protagonist stole my heart. Pride by Ibi Zoboi is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice, probably my favorite Jane Austen novel. The modernized version of this story intrigued me – unfortunately, I only read a 5 chapter sampler, and I’ve never been able to get back to the book. But I plan to! Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi has received exceptional reviews. It’s been in my TBR for a while, and I’ll be reading it for my book club in a couple of months. If I’d had been more caught up, I’m sure it would be at the top of my list.
My choice will probably be a popular one, but The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas had such a profound effect on me. It’s crucial, timely, powerful, honest, uncomfortable, gut-wrenching – and should be required reading. I’m thrilled Angie Thomas will be at our local book festival in April, where I’ll be able to meet her and get a signed copy of her new book, On the Come Up.
Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.
Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.
But what Starr does—or does not—say could upend her community. It could also endanger her life.