Youth Reads Eternal

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

Youth Reads Eternal

Forever by Judy Blume

Remember the week you passed around Judy Blume’s Forever to all your girlfriends, covertly whispering and giggling about “Ralph”? Was it Elizabeth's squeaky-clean image or Jessica's wild streak you admired in Sweet Valley High? What exactly did you imagine Turkish Delight to be in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe? Was Holden Caulfield a hero for the youth of today, or simply a spoiled, directionless iconoclast prone nervous breakdowns?

Young adult/juvenile (YA/JUV) books are usually well-written, entertaining, generally relatable, and, when we were 13, chockfull of material possibly too adult for someone who probably still answered to a bedtime. Despite the latest controversy involving the so-called gruesome and graphic content of the latest YA offerings (Hunger Games ring a bell?) horrifying parents everywhere, YA /JUV fiction still continues to be devoured voraciously, especially by adults.

Indeed, was it not the YA/JUV section of the library that nourished our collective youth, got us reading,  kept us reading, and inspired us (one would hope) to cultivate a love of books, inquiry and thought? As adults with a little bit of experience and perspective behind us, though, wouldn’t it be nice to revisit that which had a hand in nurturing our esteem for the written word (and our love for a juicy story)?

Come sign up for Watha T. Daniel’s Youth Reads Eternal book club to get your slice of nostalgia   pie. The first book we will read is The Giver by Lois Lowry. Contact a library tech at the check-out desk on the first floor to reserve a copy. We will meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The first meeting will be July 20 in the children's story room on the first floor. Contact Eric Riley or My Nguyen for more details.

--My Nguyen