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Amanda's Bookshelf

I'm a culture junkie who works at a bookstore. Pop, high-brow, junk -- it's all good. I try and consume it all. I read tons, especially young adult fiction. I also love quirky, offbeat novels; cultural analysis; mythology; girly fiction; fantasy; screwball romantic comedies; books with extremely flawed characters, yet somehow you really empathize with them; nonlinear narratives and language play.

Currently reading

The Runaway King
Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Lost Girl
Sangu Mandanna
Another Little Piece
Kate Karyus Quinn
Caitlin Moran
There Is No Dog
Meg Rosoff
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Ransom Riggs
S.G. Browne
Emma Donoghue
Topics About Which I Know Nothing
Patrick Ness
The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

The Future of Us

The Future of Us - Jay Asher, Carolyn Mackler I was really excited about this book, mainly due to my teen nostalgia as the characters were my age and I remember being in the internet on the early days. That nostalgia caused me to have some higher expectations than I normally would, while simultaneously making me like it more. Odd combination.I did enjoy it. Even though Emma could be annoying, I found Josh sweet, the time ripples on facebook interesting and the cultural references made me laugh (I admit, I was a probably less into the mainstream compared to most teenagers so at that point I was anticipating Radiohead's new album and listening to a lot of Portishead instead of Green Day while and watching and quoting Doom Generation, not Wayne's World).Anyway, I liked it. It was a fun bit of teen nostalgia for me, while I can see the facebook/future aspect being fun for teens who don't remember the newness of internet in the home.