Friday, April 17, 2015

Top ten controversial teen books

Brian Conaghan is the author of When Mr Dog Bites, first published in the UK in January 2014 to great critical acclaim and which has been shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal.

At the Guardian he tagged his top ten controversial teen books, including:
Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

This memoir relates to Kaysen’s experience as a teenager’s reluctant route into womanhood. The book is set in a psychiatric hospital after she was diagnosed with a personality disorder. Kaysen provides personal stories, a series of reflections and anecdotal descriptions of events whilst as a patient. Obviously Girl, Interrupted’s leans towards suicide, mental illness, incarceration and drug use, however it is an honest, poignant and at times fiercely funny book.
Read about the other books on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue