I finished Slam by Nick Hornby, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and Monster by Walter Dean Myers. All are for my YA Lit class, Slam by my choice, the other two are assigned.
so, what do i think about boy-based modern realism? I think it's not so much for me. And it shouldn't be. I loved Part-time Indian; it really touched me, was so good and so sad. I didn't like Monster; it was too ambiguous and I didn't like the movie screenplay structure. Slam was in-between; the writing was great and I loved Sam but not much actually happens? But I am practically the opposite of these novels target audience so it isn't surprising I didn't connect with them. I think a 14 year old boy would easily enjoy any of these books. In fact, I have a nephew who's 13 tomorrow and I might pass Slam and Part-Time Indian on to him. I didn't buy Monster so can't send it along.
Part-Time Indian: 7