blo Teens Read and Write: POPULAR Author Alissa Grosso Book Recommendations!

Friday, June 10, 2011

POPULAR Author Alissa Grosso Book Recommendations!

Please welcome Alissa Grosso, author of POPULAR and here today as part of her Teen Book Scene blog tour. She's here to share what books her past self would have recommended at ages 5, 11, 16 and 20.  

Age 5: Thumbelina with accompanying record. I know I'm
showing my age here, but when I was about 5 years old I recall having a paperback picture book of the Thumbelina story with an accompanying record, what is not affectionately called vinyl, but which was what folks actually listened to audio media on way back when.

I also had a Holly Hobbie (you probably won't know who she is) record player that was white and plastic and was supposed to have this fake blue plastic gramophone thing on it, but that had long since broken off. Anyway, I can recall listening to that Thumbelina record over and over again while dutifully flipping the pages of my book every time that bell sounded.

Age 11: The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. I really loved this mystery book with all the eccentric characters. I also recall writing a very enthusiastic book report and not getting a very good grade. Looking back on it, I wonder why my school insisted on hiring such horrible reading teachers.

Age 16: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Perhaps because of all those lousy reading teachers, and all those stupid required reading assignments they made us do, I was always skeptical of any book we were assigned to read in school. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the first books that I was assigned that turned out to be a really, really good book.

Age 20: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick. As you might have guessed of someone who writes books and who has worked in libraries, I majored in English in college. So, when I was in my 20s I read a lot of good books, including lots and lots of classics, but for fun I had a big interest in science fiction. So, at age 20 I would have been gushing about writers like Philip K. Dick and Jack Vance, and all sorts of science fiction books from the 1960s that I was only just discovering.

--Alissa Grosso

Thanks for stopping by. Great picks! We also remember loving THE WESTING GAME and TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Haven't heard of ANDROIDS but it sounds interesting! Be sure to check out POPULAR! 

Meet the clique that rules Fidelity High: Olivia, Zelda, Nordica, and Shelly, each one handpicked by ├╝ber-popular Hamilton Best. You know you're "in" when you make the guest list for one of Hamilton's parties. And in the thralls of senior year, everyone wants to get noticed by Hamilton.

But Hamilton's elite entourage is coming apart at the seams. Olivia fantasizes about finally having a boyfriend, Zelda dreams of ditching high school, Nordica wants to be alone with her photography, and Shelly's plotting to dethrone Hamilton. Lies and secrets are ripping away the careful ties that have kept them together for years. But Hamilton has the biggest secret of all, one that only her boyfriend Alex knows. If the truth got out, it would shock everyone and destroy Hamilton's fragile world—and she'll do anything to protect her secret and keep her clique together.


heykiddego said...

Oh Alissa, I love you just a bit for choosing Philip K. Dick! He's long been one of my favorite sci-fi authors, mostly because he doesn't write sci-fi for sci-fi's sake, but rather as an instrument for the exploration of what makes us human (as well as other philosophical questions). The man was a god among authors.

And Alyssa, maybe you haven't heard of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, but have you heard of the classic sci-fi film Bladerunner (starring Harrison Ford)? This is the book that it was based on.

-Ria xo said...

I've got To Kill A Mockingbird and I can't wait to read it. I'm a couple of years under Alissa's recommended age, but I hope I enjoy it anyway(:
great post, thanks!

Vivien said...

Excellent memory! I have a hard time remembering that far back.

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I didn't know that Androids was the basis for Bladerunner. Interesting. I'm very curious about that one now! Great post!

heykiddego said...

Incidentally, Philip K. Dick also wrote the books for Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly. And his story We Can Remember It For You Wholesale was turned into the movie Total Recall. The movie Screamers was based on his short story Second Variety. The film Paycheck was based on his short story of the same name. Next was based on his short story The Golden Man. And there was a film called Imposter with Gary Sinise, based on his short story of the same name. Philip K. Dick is known to many, just not by name. :)

Milly said...

I like the sound of your novel - I'll have a look for it!
My mum said she's jealous of your Holly Hobbie record player and used to try to dress like her. I'm gonna assume that's embarrassing.
Paper Dolls


Great way to do an interview! Alas, I not only know what vinyl is, I had a Holly Hobbie doll. Didn't know about the faux Gramaphone. But I do remember the books with the records that read to you and dinged when you were supposed to turn the page. I'll have to take a look at Popular. It sounds like my high school, not the group I was in, the one I watched from the sidelines.


Liz @ Cleverly Inked said...

I feel like it's been forever since I came by, Ah miss all of your adventures.

Tales of Whimsy said...

What a great list!

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