Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Five top novels about high school outsiders

Rachel Paxton-Gillilan is a freelance writer and semi-professional nerd.

At the B & N Teen Blog she tagged five "outsider stories to remind you it’s okay to not fit in with the in crowd," including:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, by Barry Lyga

Sophomore year is tough, particularly for Donnie, aka Fanboy, who seems to be the constant target of bullies’ attention. He’s an outsider—a comic book geek who doesn’t fit in at his jock-run school. And he gets bullied for it, yes, but this book is about more than just bullying. It’s about finding your place and your people even as an outsider. When he meets kindred spirit Krya, aka Goth Girl, he starts to wonder if maybe he really could hope for a little more. At times a little dark, it’s also funny and full of geeky references.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue