The Paradox of Growing Up!

Booktalk Details ~ East Gaston High School Bookclub

Booktalked Titles

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai, New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2013. (371.822 YOU) Malala Yousafzai of Swat, Pakistan, bravely speaks out in support of education for all and faces the dangerous Taliban as a result. Just how does the courageous girl win the hearts of so many?

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson, New York: Dial Books, 2014. (F NEL) Jude and Noah, sixteen year old twins, face love, loss, hurt and triumph in this emotional coming of age story.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, New York: St. Martin's Griffin, 2013. (F ROW) Fan fiction writer Cath and her twin sister Wren head to college, living separately for the first time. Just how does the shy, introvert find her way through her freshman year?

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard, New York: Delacorte Press, 2014. (F HUB) Emily has survived a tragic experience and has to pick up the pieces and start again. Will a new private boarding school be the fresh start she needs?

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki, New York: First Second, 2014. (741.59 TAM) Rowe and Windy meet each year a Awago Lake when their families vacation there. This summer is different, Rowe is restless and wants to leave childhood behind in the graphic novel about friendship, family and growing up.

It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, New York: Hyperion, 2006. (FIC VIZ) High school student Craig Gilner, student at a prestigious Manhattan prep school seems to have it all, but on the inside he is falling apart. Depressed and suicidal, Craig gets the help he needs and begins his road to recovery.

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The Beginning of Everything by Robin Schneider, New York: HarperCollins, 2013. (FIC SCH) Tennis player Ezra Faulkner seemed to have it all together until tragedy strikes. This romantic story, told by fictional Ezra himself, portrays love, loss, and resilency.

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, New York: Penguin Press, 2014. (FIC NG) Middle child, Lydia, is found dead in a lake. Her mysterious, tragic death leaves her family grief stricken and pulled apart. How will the Lee family put the pieces back together?

Getting the Girl by Markus Zusak, New York: Scholastic, 2001. (FIC ZUS) High school student Cameron wants a girlfriend, and to get out from under his older brother's shadow. Cameron narrates his story of building relationships and wanting so desperately to fit in.

I Was Here by Gayle Forman, New York: Viking, 2015. (FIC FOR) After the intricately planned suicide of her best friend Meg, Cody desperately tries to piece together the clues as to why her life-long friend is dead and surprisingly discovers a hidden side to Meg's life.

Looking for Alaska by John Green, New York: Penguin, 2005. (FIC GRE) Sixteen-year old Miles Halter heads to an Alabama boarding school and fall for beautiful Alaska Young. Miles narrates the tale of love, loss, tragedy, guilt and forgiveness.

Similar Non-Book Items


The Fault in Our Stars DVD, PG-13, 126 minutes - released September 16, 2014 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. Star-crossed lovers Hazel and Augustus face life with cancer together in the film-version of John Green's novel of the same title. This is a poignant tale of love, loss, family and relationships.

If I Stay DVD, PG-13, 107 minutes - released November 18, 2014 by MGM Home Entertainment is a touching story of survival and perseverance of teenager, Mia, and how she lives through tragedy to begin again. Inspired by Gayle Forman's novel of the same name, this touching story will warm your heart.


Seventeen, published by Hearst Magazines, is a source for all things "teen age girl". From fashion advice, make-up tips or celebrity gossip, this magazine has a variety of trendy topics for teens. boasts that "Seventeen is your handbook to life!"


Center for Young Women's Health found at from the Boston's Children's Hospital has medical information on topics from general health, nutrition and fitness and emotional health. There is also a link to a Young Man's Health site as well. (2015)

Teen Vogue Online, mangaged by CondeNast Digital (2015) provides a user-friendly site about all things teen. From advice about fashion to relationships, seeks to provide a one-stop location for practical tips and advice for today's teens.

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