Whenever I get a request for an “extraordinary teen book” – and, I get that request all the time – I always recommend books by A.S. King. From real to surreal, love to hate, red helicopters to umbrellas, A.S. King writes books that make the teen experience feel real.
All of the characters in her books – Lucky, Astrid, Glory, and my personal fave, Vera, (just to name a few) are real people to me. Sometimes I wonder what they might be doing now. Eating a sandwich? Feeling happy? Riding in the red, invisible helicopter? Her books helped me through reading slumps, a traumatic death, and plain ole’ boredom.
If you haven’t read an A.S. King book, yet – I have to let you know that you are in for a treat. But! With so many books and so many topics and subjects, where’s a reader to start? Lucky for you, I created a super-simple (ha-ha!) flowchart to lead you directly to the book that will blow. your. mind. Last year, I was lucky enough to have A.S. King visit my library for Teen Read Week. When I was agonizing over what I was going to say in my introduction, I came upon the following quote, and it’s stuck with me so long because it’s so totally true. From the New York Times Book Review: “Maybe there are writers more adept than King at capturing the outrageous and outraged voice of teenagers, but it’s difficult to think of one.” Yes – that’s exactly correct.
So…without further ado…behold my arrow and box skills below…
So You Want to Read an A.S. King Book?
I hope you find as much inspiration, happiness, and joy in her books as I do! See you next month, dear Hubbers!
—Traci Glass, currently reading The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian