I thought I might be a bit off center until I remembered Lizzie Skurnick's "Fine Lines" column on Jezebel.com. In her column, Lizzie looks back—with an adult eye—on the books of her adolescence—from award-winning classics to cult classics--and she discovers that her YA favorites still have a place in her heart, head, and soul. After all, we are what we read (and have read), and our favorite books shape the way we see the world and our place in it.
In Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading, Lizzie expands her "Fine Lines" column, and she invites many of her (and my) favorite authors to come along for the ride. Shelf Discovery is a girls' night out—a mix of everything from poignant and nostalgic to hysterically funny. Best of all—you get to spend time with Lizzie, Meg Cabot, Laura Lippman, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Jennifer Weiner—AND their teen favorites: Are You There God?, It's Me, Margaret; Blubber; Go Ask Alice; Jane-Emily; The Wolves of Willoughby Chase; The Secret Garden; Flowers in the Attic--and so many more.
After reading Shelf Discovery, I'm determined to find my copy of Little Women. I know that dog-eared book—complete with chocolate smudges circa 1970—is still on one of my shelves—and I'm going to rediscover it.
What was your favorite book when you were a young adult?