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April 16, 2009

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Jenne

I love to read Louisa May Alcott's books again and again. I know I was reading them in intermediate school through high school through my twenties, etc.

Julie P.

I read To Kill a Mockingbird every few years, but I'm finding that I love to re-read books from my childhood with my daughter like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew mysteries, and soon some Judy Blume! Most of these were when I was a tweener, but I think I read many adult books during my teens. I'm so glad that there are so many terrific YA books out there now.

Liyana

I'm still a teenager, but one book I always will read from my childhood is the Harry Potter series. It feels good to revisit Harry once in a while, and it's amazing how much my perception of Harry Potter has changed over the years. \

Julie E.

First, I'd just like to say I've read some of Lizzie Skurnick's columns on Jezebel and am absolutely DYING to read this book. I grew up in the 70s/80s, so a lot of the books she talks about are familiar to me, and she even reminded me of some I've forgotten about. I'm kinda bummed it's not out until end of June. But maybe I'll win an ARC! (If I like it I'll buy another copy when it comes out.) :)

Anyway, when I think of favorite YA books, I immediately think of Ellen Conford: Hail, Hail Camp Timberwood; And This Is Laura; Dear Lovey Hart, I Am Desperate; Seven Days to a Brand New Me. I liked Beverly Cleary's YA books too. And Izzy, Willy-Nilly by Cynthia Voight. I also loved All of a Kind Family, although I was younger when I read those books. And Ellen Emerson White's books! Friends for Life was my favorite, although the President's Daughter books were good too. And Lois Duncan, of course. Clearly I could go on all day.

Mary Cunningham

I loved the Lord of the Rings trilogy and still read the books.

Also loved To Kill A Mockingbird and reread it.

Mary
http://www.cynthiasattic.blogspot.com

Anita Liberty

I wish you were friends with someone who'd written a YA book. Are you? Hmm. Let's put our heads together and see if we can think of any of your friends who has actually written a YA book... thinking, thinking.. OH! Right! It's ME! I'm your friend AND I wrote a YA book. It's called THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE (YEP, THAT WOULD BE ME) and I'm gonna go outside and drop it somewhere in honor of Operation TBD.

Love ya. Miss ya.

xoxo

CK

Judy Blume changed my life. A few years ago - a friend and I found the whole collection at a Yard Sale - bought them all and laughed, and laughed, and laughed...

Lenore

I was a pre-teen but absolutely loved the "babysitters club" series. I devoured them.

Stacie

Judy Blume saved me many times! My favorite was "Are You There God, It's Me Margaret!" I also loved "Little Women" and the "Little House on the Prairie" Series.

Cassandra

I read Anne of Green Gables once a year and love it more and more every time. I'm a little embarrassed to admit but I re-read my collection of Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High books when I want to just veg out and I cherish classics I discovered as a teen such as To Kill a Mocking Bird and Wuthering Heights.

Holley

Dark Horse and Lightning's Daughter by Mary Herbert

Erin


Little Women, Anne of Green Gables and - especially - Pride and Prejudice were my teen favourites that I still read... strong, independent female characters that shaped who I wanted to be...

And Cassandra, I'm with you on the Sweet Valley High re-reads!

Lauren

I loved Bless Me Ultima, and it really got me interested in the Hispanic culture (I am now a high school Spanish teacher), but I have to admit that I had an obsession with Danielle Steele books as a teenager as well.

Ann B.

Early teen years: Anne of Green Gables and Little Women--classics I love to reread.

Later teen years: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. I'm currently listening to the The Gonzo tapes: the life and work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Missy Hatfield

So many great teen books Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, The Babysitter's Club series, Sweet Valley High books. By far my favorite books that I still re-read are the Anne of Green Gables series

Dawn - She Is Too Fond Of Books

OMG! I've been grasping for the name of *All-of-a-Kind Family* forever! As soon as I read it in your post I thought, "I wonder ..." and went to Google. Yes, this is the series I remember so fondly (except for the title). Even if I'm not one of the lucky 15 I can now buy these books.

Oh, and ...anything by Judy Blume I read over and over again!

A few darker books, too ... *The Endless Steppe*, *The Incredible Journey*, *Diary of Anne Frank* and *Go Ask Alice* come to mind.

Melissa

LOVED the Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Nancy Drew, Babysitters Club and Judy Blume most definitely!
I still have my mother's copy of Little Women which I'll always treasure since she's passed and it was her fave book!

Book Club Girl

Anita - I smell a guest post coming? What YA books inspired young Anita??

Dawn - Endless Steppe and Go Ask Alice are in here too! My favorite line from All of a Kind Family - "I always say if a man doesn't look good in a dark blue suit, he doesn't look good in anything." I used to say that as a tween and crack my parents up, and could never figure out why... I also love when the one sister secretly borrowed her older sister's dress, spilled something on it and stained the whole thing ecru to try to hide it. I think I learned what ecru was reading that book.

Julie E - I LOVE Ellen Conford, and Hail Hail Camp Timberwood. I still have all of them. I started reading Lovey Hart aloud to my 13 yo recently.

This book makes me want to take a picture of my bookshelves downstairs, where all my YA books sit above all the picture books for the younger kids.

I thought Nancy Drew was ok, but she never lived up to my Bobbsey Twins obsession. I also went through a Hardy Boys phase one weekend when I had to stay in my brother's room (he was then off in college) when some family member was staying in my room. I think I read 20 books that weekend from my brother's bookshelves made of planks of wood held up on painted bricks.

Stephanie Freidin

I loved all of Judy Blume's books, and the entire Betsy-Tacy series! Go ask Alice was a great book too. Read all the All of a Kind Family books too. I basically read everything I could get my hnds on!

Lisa

I was re-reading Louisa May Alcott as a teen and also loving Go Ask Alice; Diary of Anne Frank; The Outsiders; That Was Then, This Is Now.

Win it or buy it, I'm definitely going to have to get this book. I have a teenage daughter right now and need to make sure she's not missing any great books!

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