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November 2017, Part 2

Teen Board Monthly Question

November 2017, Part 2

The turkey is stuffed, the tofurkey is roasted, and Teenreads is feeling thankful for all of the great books and authors we’ve covered this past year. While we’re feeling festive, we asked our Teen Board members which book or author they are most thankful for this year. As a bonus, we also asked if there were any feast scenes or food items from books that they'd love to recreate this holiday.


Out of everything I’ve read over the past year, I’m particularly thankful for THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli. I related to the main character Molly in a way I’ve never related to a main character before. Reading Molly’s internal monologue was really similar to how I think. It was incredibly refreshing to see a main character who deals with body size like me, relationships like me and family like me. Also, there’s the trope of coworker romance, which I always love to read. --- Brynn S.

This year I am most thankful for Rupi Kaur and her book of poems MILK AND HONEY. I am usually not big on poetry, but her poems were relatable and beautiful. As for food, I'll eat just about anything. --- Ashley D.

I'm grateful for Becky Albertalli because she has given readers hope: hope for a better future; hope for a story that represents them. I've met her before, and she is the kindest person I've ever met. She educates all of her Twitter followers about the publication process and her upcoming books. She makes me want to read more and to write more. She gives me hope. --- Wren L.

I am incredibly thankful for Ashley Herring Blake, and her books HOW TO MAKE A WISH and also IVY ABERDEENS LETTER TO THE WORLD (out in March). HOW TO MAKE A WISH just means so much to me; I absolutely adore the main character Grace. I really saw myself in that book, and I'm just really thankful that Ashley wrote it and put it out in the world.  --- Jessi H.

This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalli. The novel deals with topics that I personally relate to and emotions I feel on an almost everyday basis. Becky is also a pure light of joy in our community and  I couldn’t even begin to imagine what it would be like without her Oreo-loving self! --- Taylor F.

This year I'm really thankful for THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, as well as the three books following it in the series. I was in a really bad reading slump this year for over a month, near the beginning of the school year. Then, I visited my brother at college, and decided to pick up THE NATURALS and read it during the car ride. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did, but I was hooked from the first page. I couldn't stop reading, and by the time the weekend was over I had finished the entire series. Reading these books reminded me why I love reading, and how it feels to fall into a fictional world after so long, so I can't help but be extremely grateful for this series. --- Jessica K.

I'm most thankful for Rainbow Rowell and her awesome story telling skills. Thank goodness for FANGIRL. It makes my life feel more normal as a fangirl myself.  Hahahaha. No bit seriously, this book is an 11/10 would recommend guys! I know it didn't come out this year and that I read it last year but I really appreciate it. There are so many foods that sound amazing in books. The one I would love to recreate is the chocolate and the whole candy land from CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. That sounds delicious! --- Flor H.