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Notes from a Teens Top Ten Book Group Member: The Geography of You and Me Fantasy Casting

TeensTopTen_winner_WMTeens across the nation vote each year for the Teens’ Top Ten book list and the results are eagerly anticipated during Teen Read Week in October– but did you know how the books are nominated for this list in the first place?

Books are nominated by members of Teens’ Top Ten book groups in school and public libraries around the country. To give you a glimpse of some of the teens behind this process, we’re featuring posts from Teens’ Top Ten book groups here on The Hub. Today we have a fantasy cast list for Jennifer E. Smith’s novel The Geography of You and Me, created by Diamond Oldham of the Volunteer Reading Club in Clarksville, TN. 

geography of you and meThis isn’t an archetypal love story. Lucy and Owen, through all their trials and the tribulations, would never forget the Blackout in New York that began this quixotic love story. It took that one unique moment and they were in love, and in an instantaneous moment they were separated. Jennifer Smith’s book is one of heartache and unconditional love. When the characters cried, you cried. The journey of The Geography of You and Me is one I will never forget.

And if this sensational romantic tale is made into a movie, others will be able to appreciate the roller-coaster of emotions they will feel and be able to see that sometimes love can turn impossible things into possible things.

Here is my fantasy casting for The Geography of You And Me by Jennifer Smith:

emma-watsonEmma Watson as Lucy Patterson: in her later years as the shy, innocent type with a tad bit of wallflower in her.





logan-lermanLogan Lerman as Owen Buckley: the silent but mysteriously adventurous type.






liam-neesonLiam Neeson as George: the caring and nice doorman.


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What Would Jude Read?

I was sold on the television show The Fosters from the moment I saw the previews. A lesbian couple who has also adopted kids and is also a foster family? And their last name is Foster? Shut up and take my money.

I can’t imagine what it would be like to raise five teenagers, especially since each character on this show comes with a truck-load of drama and issues and trauma to boot. One thing is certain: living with five teens would never, ever be boring.

All that being said, Jude is my favorite character.  He’s in junior high, which is the age group I spent six years teaching, and he’s the youngest. In fact, there are several episodes where he doesn’t appear at all, and I find myself looking at my wife and saying, “Did they forget about Jude? Like, did they leave him at home or not pick him up from school or something? Where is that kid?”

Jude has had a rough past, but he is adopted now and has a supportive family that loves him. He’s also slowly coming to the realization that he is gay. With two moms, one would think things would be easy for Jude.  His family is fine with his orientation, but the father of his potential boyfriend most definitely is not. Jude is also quite definitely the youngest child in the family and often seems frustrated when others treat him like a child when he, like his siblings, is already a teenager.

With that in mind, here are the books I would offer to Jude if he was looking for something new to read:

eye of mindsThe Eye of Minds by James Dashner (2014 Teens’ Top Ten winner)

Jude’s love of gaming has already been demonstrated on several episodes. He might not be as much of a gamer as the main characters in James Dashner’s The Eye of Minds , but I think he’d still enjoy escaping into their world for a while.

Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg (2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults)

Bill Konigsberg’s Openly Straight is about a character who is out and has a supportive family, but chooses to closet himself when he goes to an all-boys boarding school.  He is trying to see what it would be like not to constantly wave a rainbow flag, but he is finding it more difficult than he imagined.  Continue reading What Would Jude Read?

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