Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fiction Tuesday - Its poetry month

What better way to celebrate this month than to find a novel in verse. Here are two exceptional novels by exceptional authors, Sarah Tregay and  Ellen Hopkins.

Of course, I'm sure you are no stranger to Hopkin's amazing work in Young Adult literature with her CRANK trilogy. She's now written an adult novel, Triangles. This is also written in her sensitive poetic prose.

THREE FEMALE FRIENDS FACE MIDLIFE CRISES IN A NO-HOLDS-BARRED EXPLORATION OF SEX, MARRIAGE, AND THE FRAGILITY OF LIFE.Holly: Filled with regret for being a stay-athome mom, she sheds sixty pounds and loses herself in the world of extramarital sex. Will it bring the fulfillment she is searching for?Andrea: A single mom and avowed celibate, she watches her friend Holly’s meltdown with a mixture of concern and contempt. Holly is throwing away what Andrea has spent her whole life searching for—a committed relationship with a decent guy. So what if Andrea picks up Holly’s castaway husband?Marissa: She has more than her fair share of challenges—a gay, rebellious teenage son, a terminally ill daughter, and a husband who buries himself in his work rather than face the facts.As one woman’s marriage unravels, another’s rekindles. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness.Unflinchingly honest, emotionally powerful, surprisingly erotic, Triangles is the ultimate page-turner. Hopkins’s gorgeous, expertly honed poetic verse perfectly captures the inner lives of her characters. Sometimes it happens like that. Sometimes you just get lost.Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers.-book description

Does every one-night stand make you feel so used the next day? So unworthy of love? So alone?
Triangles, Ellen Hopkins

Turn-ons are personal. One woman’s Adonis is another’s Puck, and a few open-minded fairies might even find him to their taste. Curly hair. Straight hair. Zero hair. Chest hair? A must for some, and yet others it is a deal breaker.
Triangles, Ellen Hopkins

He sounds sincere. But liars often do.
Triangles, Ellen Hopkins

I recommend that you all read Ellen Hopkins's books.
I have cried reading every single one of them. They are so passionate. And so full of insight. They are true pieces of art.-janlrae


The latter is a young adult novel written in verse about changes and moving on in a girl's life and coping with her mother's transitions without her father.

 My Wish 
is to fall 
cranium over Converse 
in dizzy daydream-worthy love.
(If only it were that easy.)

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.
By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?
Love & Leftovers
is a beautifully written story of one girl's journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.-book description

Love and Leftovers was a fun, witty and lovely read. I loved how Marcie told her feelings through writing it in poems. Through short verses I was able to understand her, see her frustrations, her struggles, wishes, and desires. Marcie was struggling and lonely with all the situations she was suddenly thrown into - depressed mother, new school, making new friends, being away with people she loved - making her flawed in so many ways, doing wrong decisions and actions.-thewinnerstandsalone

Maybe these will inspire your own poetry!



Cafe Fashionista said...

Love and Leftovers sounds adorable! :)

Sara said...

Oh man, I have to keep your fiction Tuesday posts in mind when I go shopping to stock up on some good books!

meg said...

I love novels in verse!!

mazzy may said...

Time to get poetic!