There is too much to say. I am looking for renewal. If you have never been to NCTE, I hope this post motivates you to get to a conference. If not, you can experience the event by browsing the webpage following twitter #ncte16 and by exploring the work of some of the authors and academics below. I will be posting short blog post, tweets (@sbickmore55), and Facebook entries throughout NCTE and the ALAN Workshop.
Introducing Maria Padian
I love finding that new author whose works dovetail directly into my own reading interests. If you have followed the blog for a while, you probably realize that I like YA that is realistic, directed to an “older” audience, and probably a bit Holdenesque. I might be indebted to Trevor Ingerson at Algonquin for putting me on to a “new” author, Maria Padian, for a long time. Trevor sent me a few books and on the cover of Wrecked he attached a personalized post-it note. He said, I think you might like this one, let me know what you think.
The book also works on the theme of self-discovery and truth, that places it the company of books like We Were Liars, Challenger Deep, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Speak, Tyrell, and Inexcusable. Padian works with character and point of view in a way that forces the reader to engage with the story’s complexity. Just as the books above have complicated narrations and uneasy endings, so does Wrecked. The story is primarily told from the point of view of two characters, Haley and Richard, who are falling for each other even as they are unaware of their respective connections to the Jenny, the victim of the assault. Padian tells the story without slipping into sentimentality and instead builds an exploration of the theme of male and female relationships that questions the power relationship, the nature of consent, and comments on the inescapable consequences. Discussing any more about the book would verge on telling too much. Instead, suffice it to say that Padian has contributed a quality novel to the field of YA literature.
If you are interested in the posts that others have posted, please visit the contributor page. Each author's post has the title hyperlinked for easy navigation.