An out of practice reader discussing the books I get around to reading.
Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my all time favorite writers. I don't know if I've mentioned that before. I read Speak for the first time my freshmen year of college for a class on writing for young adult audiences. I didn't think I'd like it, since I don't normally like books with such a serious subject matter, but I ADORED it. It was beautiful and it showed me how good YA books can be.
Senior year, I read The Impossible Knife of Memory to help me write my thesis, since the main character has a mental illness and my professor told me that's what IKM is about. I loved that one too. Not quite as much as Speak, but reading it definitely helped me grow as a writer and strongly influenced my thesis.
Now I am FINALLY getting to Wintergirls. I read it at the pool while the kids I work with swam. I'm not super far in, but I'm loving it. I'm so excited to see where it takes me.
Seriously you guys. I love LHA. So, so much.