Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

Lizzie Skurnick Laura Lippman Meg Cabot Jennifer Weiner Cecily von Ziegesan

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Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading

Shelf Discovery The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading Some people are baffled by re reading What s the point There s so much else to read With these essays Lizzie Skurnick has answered those questions It s as if a kindly psychiatrist suddenly appeared w

  • Title: Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading
  • Author: Lizzie Skurnick Laura Lippman Meg Cabot Jennifer Weiner Cecily von Ziegesan
  • ISBN: 9780061756351
  • Page: 199
  • Format: Paperback
  • Some people are baffled by re reading What s the point There s so much else to read With these essays, Lizzie Skurnick has answered those questions It s as if a kindly psychiatrist suddenly appeared with a sheaf of missing brain scans Does the mere mention of a mink trimmed coat make you secretly swoon, even though you are rabidly anti fur You have A Little PrincessSome people are baffled by re reading What s the point There s so much else to read With these essays, Lizzie Skurnick has answered those questions It s as if a kindly psychiatrist suddenly appeared with a sheaf of missing brain scans Does the mere mention of a mink trimmed coat make you secretly swoon, even though you are rabidly anti fur You have A Little Princess complex Do you long to cover your enemies with leeches You re having a Little House flashback So stretch out on Dr Lizzie s couch and find out why you think it would be kind of cozy to be locked up in an attic with your brother Or learn to dissect the subtle class consciousness of Judy Blume s New Jersey Ponder the way that Lois Duncan s characters come into unexpected powers, natural and supernatural alike, as they enter adolesence And most of all, enjoy.

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    1. Tressa on said:

      Ladies, who among you remember: 1) “We must, we must, we must increase our busts!” 2) spending the night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 3) a young spy’s penchant for her notebooks and tomato sandwiches 4) Tony wearing his raincoat to the blackboard 4) taming a wild island dog and naming him Rontu 5) and gazing at your first real love over a pot of boiling fondue cheese?If you remember that these are from the teen books 1) Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret 2) From the Mixed-Up File [...]

    2. Emily on said:

      I picked this up just meaning to dip into it before returning to my other reading, but then found myself gorging on the whole thing -- it felt like eating a whole bag of chocolate chip cookies in one sitting. The online origins of this book show through in the superabundance of exclamation points and bold face type, and in a certain slapdash style, but I shouldn't complain too much as I did enjoy it immensely. I didn't entirely relate to the subtitle of the book ("the Teen Classics We Never Stop [...]

    3. Annie on said:

      I'll admit, when I first heard about this book I avoided it out of bitterness. Writing essays about re-reading my favorite books of adolescence as an adult was my idea! How dare Skurnick beat me to the punch?But I got over it, and when I flipped through the table of contents while randomly picking it off the library shelf one day, I knew that I had to read it.Skurnick is about a decade older than I am, I think, but her reading list as a teenager was very similar to mine. There must be a book lis [...]

    4. Elizabeth on said:

      Were you an avid girl reader in the 80s?This book is a much appreciated expansion of the author's Fine Lines column found on Jezebel. Brief essays (a bit of a stretch: maybe meditations?) on the era of YA novels from the 70s to late 80's. It is divided into sections/themes: girlpower, tearjerkers, the supernatural, after school special/issues, the lovelorn, old fashioned girls, and "Oprah books" from before we knew what that meant. Some of my favorite titles featured:The Grounding of Group 6: Ju [...]

    5. Brandy on said:

      I'm about halfway through this (it's a hard book to read cover-to-cover, straight through) and frankly I'm a little disappointed in it. I don't know what I was looking for, exactly--insightful essays about the cultural significance of each title, maybe?--but this isn't it. Mostly each entry reads as a lengthy plot synopsis, though written with snark and affection in roughly equal measures. When they entries are on books you also know and love, you don't really notice the detailed plot so much (i [...]

    6. Melody on said:

      Other reviews detail the typos, homophones, and flat out errors sprinkled liberally throughout this book. I won't dwell on them here other than to say that they really detracted from the reading experience. I never know if the author or the editor should be held accountable, but either way it's inexcusable- especially in a book about books the author ostensibly loves and reveres.I read the majority of these books as a kid (with the exception of the scary ones, and the dreck like V.C. Andrews) an [...]

    7. Mickey on said:

      This book is a fun and irreverent view of the teen books that were around in the 1980's. Arranged as a series of book reports, the authors revisit each of these books in an intelligent and entertaining manner. One of my favorite entries was the report on Judy Blume's Blubber, which was titled "Ethnic Flensing". In this short essay, the author discusses how overweight people are portrayed, the differences in our definition of overweight from the time of publication to present time, realistic port [...]

    8. CLM on said:

      Here is the PW review:publishersweekly/articLaunched from her regular feature column “Fines Lines” for Jezebel, this spastically composed, frequently hilarious omnibus of meditations on favorite YA novels dwells mostly among the old-school titles from the late '60s to the early '80s much beloved by now grown-up ladies. This was the era, notes the bibliomaniacal Skurnick in her brief introduction, when books for young girls moved from being “wholesome and entertaining” (e.g The Secret Gar [...]

    9. Ciara on said:

      the blog ("fine lines" on jezebel) is vastly superior to the book, which seemed to be culled almost entirely from the blog with only minor edits, plus some solicitations from name YA authors in an effort to attractrrent YA readers? i really can't imagine that current YA readers would give a flying fuck what lizzie skurnick thinks of the westing game, so this makes little sense to me. i mean, i LOVE my YA snarks & was a religious followed to the "fine lines" blog before lizzie went on extende [...]

    10. Melissa on said:

      I preordered this as soon as I heard about it (probably from a blog) and so very glad I did. I picked it up on Tuesday and had trouble putting it down for two days. Although the reviews/essays aren't very long and (thankfully) are free of critical-discourse-overload, I felt like Skurnick and her contributing authors took me back through all the books I loved as a tween/teen. I'd read most of the books covered in Shelf Discovery but I was intoduced to a few that slipped past my greedy library car [...]

    11. Relyn on said:

      I really enjoyed this book. Not so much for the content, though that was good, but because it showed me that there are so many other readers like me. Grown women who somehow still enjoy the books of their youth. Isn't it nice not to feel alone?

    12. Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) on said:

      In my experience there a couple different types of people. Those who grow up to be jaded and can no longer find lasting value in anything they deem as 'childish' or too young - and those who return to the comfort and value that they found in those childish things, reveling in reliving it. Books are not to be excluded from this very un-academic theory of someone with no real data to back it up. I am the type of person who still reads 'children's' books and loves them, many a time far better than [...]

    13. MsAprilVincent on said:

      Remember the books you read in middle school? The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Blubber, A Wrinkle in Time? Well, it turns out that pretty much every woman you know has read them too, and loved them just as much as you did. Here, Lizzie Skurnick discusses some of the best-known selections from your 7th grade bookshelf.I definitely remember reading most of these books. Re-reading them. And then reading them again. I'm sure I'll read them in the future. Books like Are You There God, It's Me, Margaret. Or Ha [...]

    14. Maria Elmvang on said:

      An incredibly charming book! Not having grown up in an English speaking country, I'd read depressingly few of the books mentioned (only 18 in total, actually), but I have my own list of Teen Classics I've Never Stopped Reading, so though I might not recognize the exact books Lizzie Skurnick referenced, I could at the very least recognize the sentiments behind them.This is the kind of book I wish I had thought of to write myself - full of book reports, it's the perfect kind of reading and writing [...]

    15. Jenn Estepp on said:

      two and a half, probably. ultimately more enjoyable than not, but still a bit of a letdown. in the sense that it's better in theory (or, in the jezebel columns from which many of the essays had their birth) than in reality. reading it in small doses certainly helps, as is being in the right mood, because coming at it in the wrong frame of mind and you will just find lizzie and her penchant for letting-the-typography-do-the-talking and the given snark simply annoying. and also you'll feel nitpick [...]

    16. Erin on said:

      Despite the horrible and nearly unforgivable error of omitting Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" series, I ADORED this book. I wish I had written it. I revisited some old favorites, and found a few new books to add to my "to-read" list, and about every fifth pages I found myself nodding my head in recognition (the lightning bolt underpants in THE GROUNDING OF GROUP SIX, the Chinese restaurant in FIFTEEN, and I can go on and on.). If you were as book crazy as I was as I young girl growing up in t [...]

    17. Terry on said:

      FANTASTIC.I cannot even articulate the, speaking absolutely literally, visceral response I had to this book. It made me miss my sister even more than I already miss her almost every single day; it was from her that many classic works of "young adult" lit came into my hands. I can't think of Judy Blume or Norma Klein without thinking of my sister.It made me relive every sense memory of middle school, where I first waited impatiently for my turn to read Flowers in the Attic. It even made me delve [...]

    18. Joanie on said:

      Ok, I haven't finished this book yet. It contains reviews of 73 books of juvenile and young adult fiction. And I am reading and re-reading books as I go along. But so far I'm not impressed. We begin with a tried and true classic:A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L'Engle. I loved this book, the first time I read it and the third time through. And I went eagerly to Lizzie Skurnick's essay about it immediately upon finishing. My hopes for Deep Insights were dashed: Not only was the essay shallow and f [...]

    19. Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides on said:

      Someone in the What's the Name of That Book? group here on helped me remember that Secret Lives was the book I had read ages and ages ago and forgotten the name of. I did a little poking around and realize that that book had been recently mentioned by the author of this book in an NPR interview. The premise sounded interesting, so I snagged this at the library.So, there's a kernel of usefulness here. I enjoyed the refresher of the books I'd read in the past, and discovered a few that I think ar [...]

    20. Inge on said:

      I was very excited to read this book. It's fantastic premise: revisiting the books you loved (or loved to hate) as a child or teen. I read the uncorrected proof, so I am going to give this book the benefit of the doubt and assume that the finished copy wasn't such a hot mess. (I have read many ARCs, and not once have I seen one with so many typos and garbled sentences. It's kind of hard to read a book that calls Cecily Von Ziegesar's books "Gossip Girls", especially since she is a contributor to [...]

    21. Lori W on said:

      I really liked this book. I loved reminiscing about old favorites (hello Judy Blume, Cynthia Voigt, and that old favorite, Summer of My German Soldier!), remembering books I wanted to read but never got around to (if only existed when I was a pre-teen!), and books I have never heard of, but now want to read. The summaries and analysis are insightful and entertaining, although sometimes I wish they were a bit longer.My quibbles are all in the details. Skurnick has a great conversational style, b [...]

    22. Sarah on said:

      This was an interesting book, and I definitely enjoyed it, but I think I enjoyed it most as a gateway to rediscovering books I loved when I was 10, but hadn't read in nearly two decades, or to finding books I had somehow never heard of nor read.Outside of its use as a gateway, Shelf Discovery was a bit problematic. The essays about books I hadn't read were often too short to really give me any sort of feel for the book. Also, I know this came from an internet column, but I think it really could [...]

    23. Sara on said:

      I was a fan of Lizzie Skurnick's Fine Lines column on Jezebel, and I was SO EXCITED when I found out there was going to be a book!I read a good portion of the books written about in Shelf Discovery, and I remember seeing a lot of the ones I didn't at the library. My favorite thing about reading this was the relief I felt learning that I wasn't alone in drooling over the food descriptions in Wilder's Little House books or wishing I had a cormorant feather skirt like the one described in Island of [...]

    24. Andrea on said:

      Such a great idea--such a disappointment. While hearing Lizzie Skurnkick discuss her book on a radio program I was thrilled to hear a pretty hard hitting feminist talke about loving some of the same books I did. I had hope that moms and girls might find some great recommendations in this work. While some of the book discussed are girlhood classics others are not worth reading. Skurnick's language is off putting reminding me of Erasmus' comment that "words can . . . disfigure thought," and are wh [...]

    25. Alex Templeton on said:

      This book was awesome. It's a collection of short essays on books that, if you were a female child or adolescent reader in the '70s or '80s, you knew and loved. There were books discussed that I haven't thought of or read in years, and so many of them sounded so good I've decided that I have to give up adult literature for awhile in order to reread a stack of awesome books from my childhood. Well, I probably won't quite do that, but I will say a trip to the Strand is in order. But really, if you [...]

    26. Kathleen on said:

      I liked reading this book. Much of it resonated with my experiences as a child and young adult. It also made me want to revisit some books I've neglected, and to pick up a few that I've never read. But I also found quite a few errors in the book, some of which made me exclaim out loud. For instance, in discussing Louisa May Alcott's An Old-Fashioned Girl, Skurnick says that Polly burned her bangs off. Um, no. That's one of the most well-known scenes from Little Women, and unless Skurnick has som [...]

    27. Agatha Donkar on said:

      THERE IS SO MUCH CLASSIC YA FICTION I HAVEN'T READ YET, HOLY CRAP.t. brought this back from ALA and loaned it to me, and I just burned right through it. Not much more than a sub-genre-broken-down list of classic YA and kids' books, but man, it was a blast to read. There's so much I want to go read (and re-read) now.

    28. Fran on said:

      I started out enjoying this book, but then lost interest. Lots of memories and some interesting insights, but probably would have found the reviews more interesting as the separate pieces they were originally.

    29. Linda on said:

      This book brought back memories of tons of books I loved growing up in the 70's-80's. Anyone who loves Madeleine L'Engle as much as I did rocks!! This is a must read for girls born between 1960-1970.

    30. Patti on said:

      What an interesting book! I'm around the same age as the author and her contributors, so much of what they read, I have read. Reading this book is like watching "Freaks & Geeks"--it COMPLETELY takes you back to being a teen girl, and all we read, whether we understood it or not.

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