@itiresias Redwall! So many tears! So many beloved characters dying in every book, yet my tender heart couldn't stop reading - why?!
Oh man, I love this! I spent the summers of my childhood and adolescence (and college years...) trawling the YA shelves at the library, so I'm a little overexcited with nostalgia about all the titles mentioned above.
Island of the Blue Dolphins and Ella Enchanted (much better than the movie!) were my all-time favorite re-reads.
But The Raging Quiet may be my favorite YA book of all time. So beautiful.
Finally, three great whoa-everything-is-connected books: The View from Saturday, Holes, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet.
@yeah-elle I LOVE Running Out of Time, and also the entire Shadow Children series. Dystopia before it was cool, yo.
@olivebee The Wayside School books are full of such clever humor. I re-read them as a teenager and it was like reading them for the first time, I picked up on so many new things.
@OxfordComma Midnight Magic was also pretty good!
@large__marge And Bloomability! I wished so hard I could go to Italy for a year.
@aphrabean Me too. Was it really necessary to describe all the interviewees' Snoopy memorabilia? What did that achieve?
I was the same way! Is that why I liked western settler stories so much? My young self had a subconscious yen for molasses and corn cakes?
I also think I desired the American Girl food accessory sets more than I wanted clothes for my doll.
On Fresh Hells
Man, so many beautiful words here lately (ahem the "eat this feeling" posts), I want to save them all - I wish there were a Hairpin anthology I could keep in my bag!
@meetapossum I still think of that song whenever I eat portobello mushrooms!